Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Raise the Green Flag: The Halflings' Leaf



"There is another astonishing thing about Hobbits of old that must be mentioned, an astonishing habit: they imbibed or inhaled, through pipes of clay or wood, the smoke of the burning leaves of a herb, which they called pipe-weed or leaf, a variety probably of Nicotiana."

J.R.R. Tolkien (2009-04-17). The Lord of the Rings (p. 8). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
The Green, or "Pipeweed" banner is proudly displayed by the household troops of Bettan Ah Bey. In company with good drink and good food, good tobacco is one of the thee pillars of Shirelam, and Bettan Ah Bey favors this pillar most.

Bettan Ah Bey cut his teeth so to speak, resisting the Ferach invasion of Aegypt. Having gone on to fight the Ottermen and Albion forces sent to oppose the Ferach, Bettan Ah Bey has led his followers south to the Suddan. It is not clear if  he is there on a recruiting/slaving expedition or has joined with the followers of Bilbo Ali.

As this figure was taken from a unit of halflings purchased already painted the "conversion" consisted of simply creating the flag and extending the halfling's banner pole.