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PostSubject: How to name your warband?   Mon 17 Mar 2014 - 8:42

Hi,

after days of discussion and reading, I'm finally pretty sure how to start my beastmen warband. I also bought models, and going start building them this week.

Now there will be an even more difficult phase:

How the hell to get appropriate names for the warband and all his members?


Sounds pretty insignificant, but really matters to me. There really have to be good names, a good fluff. It belongs to the game, like anything else.



So: How do you name your warbands? Where did you get inspriation without copying anything?


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P.s.: I didn't know where to post this, I hope it's okay in "Fluff"?
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PostSubject: Re: How to name your warband?   Mon 17 Mar 2014 - 9:29

This is most definitely a matter of fluff...SO you're in the right spot.   thumbsup 
The largest War Band I've created thus far is a group of Night Goblins & Ubergoblins (counts as Orcs). I had them occupying a deserted Monastery; since the all wore red hoods, I call them The Red Brotherhood.
For names: Gav Thorpe wrote that he thought of Beastmen as ancient Germans & Orc as Scots; ergo, Goblins must be Irish. All my Goblins have Irish sounding names like Wastrel McWhack & Temerity O'Leery. Here's a photo of the crew to give you an idea:

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Note: my friend Edwin did the photography; he has a different way of spelling Goblin.  clown


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PostSubject: Re: How to name your warband?   Mon 17 Mar 2014 - 10:24

Thanks for your answer!

I already made a general list, using names and places mostly with two syllables, maximum three and using mostly guttural sounds. I browsed all my old fantasy books containing maps, places and characters at the end for a bunch of Ideas....
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PostSubject: Re: How to name your warband?   Mon 17 Mar 2014 - 10:51

Glad to be of (hopefully) help.   What a Face 
One thing as far as names go that I used to do when I was role playing was to keep a pad with me & jot down names as they popped into my mind or I found words that could be used as names. I've just started to do this again for characters I'm creating.
Enjoy the fluff work!
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PostSubject: Re: How to name your warband?   Tue 18 Mar 2014 - 6:22

For me, I get inspired for names by reading history and watching shows about history. Since the human war bands I use are close to historial groups anyway. Realistic names sound better. Fantasy names like "Strider", just sound cheesy. What Ido is iI have a memo on my smart phone where I have a list of names that find while reading and such. Makes it much easier to name my guys. One trick I do is mix and match names. I see two names I like and I use one as the first name and the other as the family name. That also gives the hero more "fluff".
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PostSubject: Re: How to name your warband?   Tue 18 Mar 2014 - 9:02

I've made extensive use of name generators, like Seventh Sanctum, over the years. I will often go through several pages of generated ideas picking some of my favourites as a "short list" to select from later.
http://www.seventhsanctum.com/

For my Orc Pirates I have used the Goblin first name generator (http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate.php?Genname=goblinnamer) paired with a glossary of nautical terms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_nautical_terms) to come up with suitably salty epithets.

For my Orcy ship names (and therefore the Mordheim warbands that are their crews) I have used the clan names part of the Goblin namer.
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PostSubject: Re: How to name your warband?   Wed 19 Mar 2014 - 5:46

I also read a lot of books on the occult and the paranormal. I get a lot of ideas from those. I read a couple of books on witches and witch hunts. Tons of ideas for witch hunters.
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