This fierce Vandal warrior is all too eager to paint his ax with the blood of his enemies!
Originating in the south of Scandinavia, the Vandals were one of several Germanic peoples who migrated from northern Europe into the crumbling Roman Empire. They would have been driven away from their traditional homelands by the Asian Huns, but soon gained a reputation for barbarism and brutality in their own right during their conflicts with the Romans. Among their infamous achievements were sacking Rome itself in 455 AD and carving out a kingdom of their own along the northwest African coast. This Vandal state would last until a Byzantine force crushed it in 534 AD. Of course, the Vandals were the tribe who gave us the modern words “vandal” and “vandalism”.