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Attlus the Conqueror

Mythic Legions
by yo go re

Look who's finally emerged from the wilderness!

Attlus the Conqueror was banished by the Army of Leodysseus after renouncing his claim to lead those very soldiers. His younger brother Attila was chosen to lead the Army while Attlus roamed the wastelands of Mythoss forming a battalion of his own. "The Noble Bear," as Attlus is known, trained his band of outcasts and renegades to defend their homes against the rising tide of evil fordes poisoning their lands.

Attlus has been mentioned in several other bios, though none of them have yet explained just why he gave up leadership to his baby brother. Did he do something wrong and get drummed out? Did he get fed up with the politics and the inability to create real change? Or did the weight of the world too much for him, leaving him unable to shoulder the responsibility? For now, the story is up to you!

Even just looking at the figures when the initial Kickstarter launched, we should have been able to guess this guy was once part of the Army of Leodysseus - his sandy beard and thick hair conspire to make him look more like a lion than a bear. Now, this isn't a huge beard like the dwarves got, but for a human it's not bad. His hair is pulled back into a long ponytail at the top, and two big braids fall down onto his chest. He's got big black eyebrows, but his right eye is pure white, which is probably related to the thin scar that runs over that side. The left eye's pupil (on my toy, at least) is painted more toward the nose than in the center, as though he's trying to compensate for not being able to see on that side.

Since he's abandonned society and gone to live in the wilds like the sort of numbskull who thinks that putting fringe on the American flag means they don't have to follow the law, Attlus has shed his fancy armor and started to go native. His chest and thighs are bare, and what little armor he wears seems to have been sourced from defeated orcs - his boots and left glove are the angry, spiky kind, while his right hand is still protected by a smoother silver gauntlet. He wears a furry loincloth and a skirt made of leather straps with a championship-wrestling-sized belt buckle. Because asymmetry is cool, his left arm is fully armored, while his right is bare.

Even his shoulder pads get in on the action. Keeping with the "I robbed a corpse to get this" aesthetic, the left pauldron matches the boots and glove, while the right pauldron is the very short kind. This isn't the first time we've seen a pairing like this - the barbarian could be kitted out the same way - but it helps sell his character.

The Mythic Legions figures are incredibly well-articulated, and also incredibly modular. Attlus can not only shrug, he also has a balljointed head, swivel neck, swivel/hinge shoulders and elbows, swivel forearms at the top of the gloves, swivel/hinge wrists, a balljointed torso, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge knees, and swivel/hinge/swivel ankles. Pretty much every one of those joints can be pulled apart with only a modicum of force, so if you want to create your own custom figure, it'll be easy enough to do.

Befitting a badass modern take on He-Man, the figure is armed with a sword, a dagger, and that big modular axe. The dagger fits in a slot on his belt, and he has the usual chest strap - but as usual, it's pretty much useless for holding his sword if he's wearing both pauldrons. Still, no matter how many times we've seen all these weapons before, he looks intimidating wielding them.

Attlus the Conqueror is an important figure in the Mythic Legions line, because he's the leader of one of the factions. But the design itself is excellent as well, making for a very good toy overall.

-- 04/01/17

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