@tbonejc: Bards are fine, and their current spell list is fine too. The class is unchanged, go have fun.
On that note would it be possible to be a small sized human? Practically gnomish but human. For role playing sake it'll belike a comedic act for his audience. In combat I was thinking of doing multiclass with warblade or crusader so he would have the song of the white raven feat and the Stonefoot Stance. Thoughts?
@Narmoth: Heh. My SCA experience, such as it is, tells me there were some organic layers under both those that decayed. I'd be very surprised if there wasn't a chain skirt there, and a gambeson, and probably some leather too. The being said, I'm dead certain your knowledge of Russian history surpasses my own. Be kind and I'll do my best for you.
A gambeson (russian Steganka) would be under both of them.
By the way, is my character concept acceptable?
Trying to work up the mechanics to follow. Is there any cannoneer proficiency in this setting?
@Narmoth: Certainly. I like the concept very much. Bear in mind that there are cannons in this setting, but I'm visualizing long stretchs of travel across the steppes as opposed to sieges. Applications of the skill will be limited. I'd recommend Profession (siege engineer) as a way to emulate cannon-cocker experience. Good old fighter classes seem to be gaining in popularity with the apps; start there if you need a suggestion.
I'm leaning more towards swashbuckler actually. I'm trying to make a Don kosak, as they were starting to emerge in that time period, and also a gunner, since that, well started to emerge as well. But he's not carrying it with him of course.