Sword, Axe, Spear, & Shield Viking Character Set by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2016

Sword, Axe, Spear, & Shield


Sword, Axe, Spear, & Shield is a table-top role-playing game of Viking Age action and drama. Players take on the role of ersatz Norse warriors, exploring historical medieval themes through the lens of an accessible low fantasy setting.

I love working on dream projects and I love seeing people create something they are passionate about! This project hit both spots. I was recently hired by creator Michael Truran to illustrate his upcoming table-top role-playing game Sword, Axe, Spear & Shield. The game is set in the viking era, which holds a near and dear place in my heart.

The game centers around vikings trying to win wealth and renown in a world that is becoming increasingly hostile. Harsh winters and a thirst for silver and adventure push them south into the welcoming knife-points of the Cult of the Deiarch: a sinister faith that will stop at nothing to bring about the end times.

For the first illustration set we worked on three iconic characters for the game. They are named Little Degn, Ragnhild the Axewife, and Ejvind Ejvindsson. These three will be featured frequently in the upcoming art as well.

I  invite you to check out the project on Patreon. If you are into vikings and would love to see more, please consider supporting the project and get yourself a copy of the game rules for as little as $1 a month, as well as our undying love! Now isn’t that a worthwhile offer? Haha!

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Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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