The BLU mercs of Forever War:
Back row: Martin (Spy), Vlad (Soldier), Samson (Heavy), Gunter (Medic), Finn (Sniper), Lonnie (Engineer)
Front row: Krieg (Pyro), Liam (Demo), and Sasha (Scout)
Art is by MadJesters1. Character concepts are by porkwithbones and laridian.
Brief character biographies:
Left to right, back row:
SPY - Martin, who's not smiling despite having a good hair day. French, professional, capable. Very loyal to his team, also very secretive as a good Spy should be. Been with the team 4 years.
HEAVY - Samson, whose brother was the previous medic. Samson hails from northern Mexico and is fighting in the Gravel Wars to send money back home. Came to the team shortly after Martin.
THE DOVE - Bonito, an Inca dove that's adopted the new Medic.
SNIPER - Finn (not his real name): illiterate, from a remote and rural part of Finland, and speaks no English at the start of the story. Not very happy with being stationed in the Southwestern desert. Carries an ax as his melee weapon. New teammate.
SOLDIER: Vlad Janos. Lithuanian-American. Given the choice to either take the fight to the Soviets or repeatedly not die in the Gravel Wars, he chose BLU. Team leader. Came to the team just before Martin.
MEDIC - Günter Schlachterhauser, aka Doc because half the team can't pronounce his name. From Bismark, ND, he's an archaeologist who was tricked into signing up for perpetual fighting in an isolated base in the middle of nowhere. Still, he's getting by. New teammate.
The previous Medic (Samson's brother) semi-tamed some wild doves in the area, and one has sort of adopted Günter, who named it Bonito.
ENGINEER - Lonnie is the oldest of the team (somewhere in his 50s), bad-tempered, misanthropic, and carries grudges close to his heart. Still, he keeps the equipment running. Came into the team the same time as Liam, who's possibly Lonnie's only friend. Been with the team 18 months.
PYRO - Krieg (he dislikes his first name) is good-looking, charming, but somehow just a little off. Not crazy, just... different. Really enjoys his work. New teammate.
DEMOMAN - Liam's parents are from Punjab but he was born and raised in Ireland. His parents (devout Buddhists) are deeply bothered by their son's lack of impulse control, job that involves killing, and arrest record; but they love him anyway and hope he'll come around. Liam himself also enjoys his work, and gets very intense about anything he does. He wanted the picture of his team to send home to his parents. Been with the team 18 months, same as Lonnie.
SCOUT - Sasha suffers the twin problem of a perfectly fine Russian diminutive that most Americans think is a girl's name, and the fact that "Sasha" is also the name of the Red Heavy's minigun. He comes from a Russian Mafia family that sent him here to sow his wild oats and get some experience before joining the family business. New teammate.