It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but with the imminent release of the first wave of the Free Cities Draft models, it seems a perfect time to do another – What’s in a name?
As a recap, the Free Cities Draft was a community-involved Guild Ball event last year, where players played matches and voted for which Guild they wanted a rookie player to go. Further details can be found here.
The Free Cities Draft players were named before they joined their drafted Guild’s, so unlike most players, their names don’t fit into the Guild’s usual naming structure. I believe there was a discussion about changing the players names, but this didn’t progress.
Knuckles – Fisherman’s Guild
The knuckles are the joints of the fingers, particularly prominent when formed into a fist. The name also brings about thought’s of bare-knuckle boxing and as Knuckles was a heavy in a gang before taking to Guild Ball so fits the name well.
Layne – Butcher’s Guild
Layne is a enigmatic striker of prodigious talent but has more than his fair share of personal demons, including drug use which makes him erratic.
Layne is an in-game tribute to the late Alice in Chains lead singer, Layne Staley.
Edge – Hunter’s Guild
Edge was revealed to be Skatha’s sister and although her appearance is ‘edgy’, edge does fit well as a Hunter’s name as it invokes thoughts of the edge of the map/wilderness.
Gaffer – Mortician’s Guild
The use of the word gaffer, is first documented in the late 16th century and appears to be a contraction of godfather. In British English, it is colloquially used to mean a foreman or boss, as well as commonly used to refer to sports coaches.
Gaffer was the rookies coach in the Free Cities Draft and remains a coach now.
The campaign to recruit Gaffer to the Mortician’s was driven by Ritch of Beard Minis and his catchphrase even made it onto the card as the Legendary Play.
I managed to obtain an early release copy of Gaffer and the casting was excellent. The new resin mix seems more rigid than previously and has very little clean up.
The model itself is great with Gaffer wreathed in spirit flames, staring at Ghast’s mask whilst a ghostly mouth (presumably Ghast) is whispering in his ear.
Amber – Farmer’s Guild
Amber was originally in the Brewer’s Guild before being kicked out, so her name likely links to that.
Amber, as well as being a description of her hair colour, is a term that is becoming more common to describe pale ales that are brewed with a proportion of amber malt.
The phrase amber nectar has been used to describe beer since the 19th century and is the tag line for the Australian children’s soft drink Foster’s.
Until next time sports fans!