Trolgar, a Cave Troll, lived in County Cork where nothing ever happened and a happy Troll he was. Why Trolgar could hunt wild game at his leisure and sleep the day away if he chose. He even had his own still where he brewed a powerful poteen. All was right in Trolgar's world until one day something happened that was so strange it was never foretold in any of the ancient prophecies.
The Irish economy boomed. Before anybody knew what was happening the Celtic Tiger was loose and rushing across the whole of Ireland, building housing developments, shopping centres, cultural centres and even swimming pools.
This influx of people and equipment disturbed the Trolls way of life, putting him in a mood so foul it changed the colour of his skin.
Trolgar tried to tell the Trolls of Ireland that the boom spelled disaster for them. "Money doesn't suit the Irish! Just wait, this will all go bad!" Trolgar yelled. "That's the old way of thinking. It's a new day in Ireland and there's even a place for us in this booming economy" the other Trolls said. And they shunned Trolgar.
Then one day, just as Trolgar said it would, the bubble burst. All the other Trolls lost their caves as they had mortgaged them to build homes. But not Trolgar, he neither gained nor lost as a result of the boom. For although he was toxic, Trolgar wasn't stupid.
This is one of the figures that I won in Tamisin's 100,000 page views Give Away. He's a BONES figure from Reaper Miniatures and he was loads of fun to paint. You can paint these figures right out of the box with no priming and the paint goes on smooth as silk. I didn't get in on the Kickstarter as I couldn't afford it at the time. But after painting a few of these guys, I'm definitely going to be loading up on some BONES when they become available in the Online Store.
Right now I'm working on a Dwarf that was also part of the Give Away and I hope to base him on the lid of this peanut butter jar with Trolgar as a little battle vignette.
Well folks it's Friday and if you're reading this you've survived to live another day. And even if the day is not perfect, you're breathing so make the most of it. I know I will.