Top Seven Total War Beards

Behind The Scenes

Ella McConnell
July 6 2018

Total War games take place in a wide variety of settings both historical and fictional. However, there is one thing all Total War titles have in common: some truly epic facial hair.

Join us as we round up some of our top Total War beard wearers – who’s your favourite?

Ungrim Ironfist (Total War: WARHAMMER I and II)

A Dwarf was always going to feature prominently in this list, and it’d be hard to top Ungrim Ironfist himself. Ungrim has the works – not only a flaming red beard replete with ornate plaitwork but also an incredible moustache, potent brows, and a truly gravity defying hairstyle. Just don’t mention the Cloak of Beards

Bardr (Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia)

Bardr is a force to be reckoned with, having ruled Dyflin since the passing of his father in 873 AD. When you’ve got lots of warring to do, you don’t want your beard to get in the way, but Bardr has it covered with a solid plait accessorized with a simple gold ring (he is a king, after all).

Richard the Lionheart (Medieval II: Total War)

Arguably one of Total War’s most iconic beard wearers, Richard the Lionheart on the cover of Medieval II: Total War is hard to forget. Bloody and grizzled though it may be, that knowing smirk and plentiful gold accessories easily elevate this beard to legendary status.

Morghur the Shadowgave (Total War: WARHAMMER)

The other Beastmen Legendary Lords might have facial hair, but none rivals that of Morghur the Shadowgave. With plenty of bones – and even whole skulls – woven into his beard and fantastically voluminous mane, this is a beard that means business (but how did he do all those plaits with that claw hand?).

Wulfrik the Wanderer (Total War: WARHAMMER I and II)

Cursed by the Chaos Gods to wander the world and challenge every great warrior he meets (a task made easier by the fact that he can speak any language necessary to issue said challenge), Wulfrik doesn’t have the most laid-back lifestyle. However, he does have a majestic beard, which is barely contained by those equally bristly pauldrons.

Heinrich Kemmler (Total War: WARHAMMER)

Heinrich Kemmler may not be much of a silver fox but he is a powerful necromancer. His lust for power has led him to a number of ups and downs over the years, but those flowing grey locks have stayed true throughout.

Guan Yu (Total War: THREE KINGDOMS)

When it comes to facial hair in THREE KINGDOMS, Guan Yu is the undisputed champion. Described as having a “peerless beard”, it was said to be two chi (about two thirds of a metre) in length in the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms (where his eyebrows were also said to resemble “two reclining silkworms”). In some translations, Guan Yu is even referred to as “The Lord of the Beautiful Beard”.

Honourable Mentions

  • Flan Sinna (Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia) – For that handlebar moustache/stubble combo
  • Grombrindal the White Dwarf (Total War: WARHAMMER I and II) – This Dwarf Legendary Lord has a legendary beard to match
  • Throgg (Total War: WARHAMMER) – For a beard that really frames that unique face
  • Lethuc the Beardless (Total War: ATTILA) – While faction leader Lethuc himself may be Beardless, the Langobards earned their name when the women of the Winnili tribe tied their hair down across their faces so they could take to the battlefield undetected. This led the god Godan (AKA Odin) to ask “Who are these long beards?” before ultimately awarding them the victory

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