Saturday, 4 June 2011

Mycenaean Chariot

Here are a few photos of an Eureka Mycenaean chariot and two Foundry chariot runners I painted a few years ago. The warrior in the chariot wears the famous Dendra armour c.1400 BC named after the site of its discovery. This armour consists of bronze plates attached with leather thongs which allowed limited movement for the wearer. Both the driver and warrior are wearing boar tusk helmets. I haven't made much progress on the rest of the army!


In 2009 we visited Greece and went to 'strong walled' Mycenae, amongst other places. Here are a few photos of the acropolis of Mycenae and some Mycenaean weapons and equipment in the archaeological museum there.

View of the acropolis of Mycenae
The Lion Gate
The North Gate
North Sally Port
Bronze swords in the Archaeological Museum at Mycenae
Boar tusk helmet in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete.

7 comments:

  1. Great-looking chariot; you've really replicated the boars tusks convincingly. Also, love the pictures of the genuine articles. Regards, Dean

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  2. Nice! I have a Trojan army which is fun to play and I'd really love to visit the location you were at.

    Christopher

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  3. Thanks Dean and Christopher. It's fantastic visiting these places if you get a chance to go there. The original Dendra armour is in the archaeological museum at Nafplio which was closed when we were there.

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  4. Great looking figures and photo's, I visited Mycenae around 10 years ago, its breathtaking! My Mrs moaned the whole time we were there, saying it was another piece of rock???

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  5. Thanks Ray. Yep it's an amazing place. That's funny - mine actually enjoyed all the historical sites we went to! I can even get her to play the odd game of C&C Ancients...

    Cheers

    Mike

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  6. lovely Mike, I am thinking about a Egyptian chariot war army in the near future......

    cheers
    Matt

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  7. Thanks Matt. Egyptians are a fun army and I think there are some new ranges from Scarab Miniatures and Cutting Edge coming out soon.

    Cheers

    Mike

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