Tuesday, 29 November 2011

New Beginnings

As November 2011 comes to an end and the year draws to a close it's is time to look at the coming months with a view to starting a new project. This year started with plans and talk of undertaking a "Rise of Macedon" army for late Philip or early Alexander and this is still likely of happening but later in 2012. The Spartans are so very nearly completed with only a few more stands required for the full 400 point army under the new list so no major change of plans there. 

The main thrust of early 2012 will be to start a 300 point Mycenean/Trojan army for Impetus. The starting point for this will of course be The Illiad itself and the following quote sets the scene for the first two stands of the army; a chariot and heavy foot stand:

The Trojans, on the other side upon the rising slope of the plain, were gathered round great Hector, noble Polydamas, Aeneas who was honoured by the Trojans like an immortal, and the three sons of Antenor, Polybus, Agenor, and young Acamas beauteous as a god. Hector's round shield showed in the front rank, and as some baneful star that shines for a moment through a rent in the clouds and is again hidden beneath them; even so was Hector now seen in the front ranks and now again in the hindermost, and his bronze armour gleamed like the lightning of aegis-bearing Jove. 

The plan is for each character from Homer's epic to have a foot stand and where possible a chariot as well. This will give the army a heroic feel which relates to the primary source as well as defining the opposing sides by character figures and scenes from the epic. Work has already started on the first stand and chariot for Hector and here are a few working progress pictures to start with. All figures are from Redoubt Miniatures.

Chariot Runner
Shield Bearer
The Trojan Horse
A constant reference throughout this project will be Peter Connolly's book as below and needless to say there will be no red in this:

Before this entry is finished a belated welcome to:

  • Iain
Hopefully you will find some of the ravings here of use.

Cheers for now


tradgardmastare said...

An exciting project which I look forward to seeing unfold...

Ray Rousell said...

I've a 15mm army for the period, sadly not finished yet and I don't know if it ever will!!

tradgardmastare said...

May even get a BI game from them against my Late Bronze age Scandanavians...

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Sounds great and I did a Trojan army. If you get the shields right(which is what attracted me) your half way there. Only negative to the period is finding historical opponents which I've come to find.


David said...

I am sure these will spectacular