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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Carthaginian Elephant

Here are a few photos of an A&A Carthaginian elephant and crew which I've just finished. It's been pretty quiet on the painting front this month, with the weather too hot for doing much and in the last week, on the east coast of Australia, the bush fires have been replaced by flooding!

I have less time this year to finish painting projects which is frustrating but one positive is that I've recently acquired a large second hand collection of painted Foundry ancients, mainly Macedonians/Successsors, Celts and Marian Romans. These are mainly DPS painted and a bit variable in quality but nothing a bit of touching up and LBM transfers can't fix. They're all based for Impetus so I have a lot of rebasing to do but I will post some photos at some stage.

Friday, 18 January 2013


Skraelings - Gripping Beast

They (Thorvald's men) did as he (Thorvald) said and after the natives shot at them for a while, they fled as rapidly as they could. 

Thorvald then asked his men if they had been wounded, and they replied that they were unhurt.

'I have been wounded under my arm,' he said. 'An arrow flew between the edge of the ship and the shield into my armpit. Here is this arrow, and this wound will cause my death. I now advise you to prepare for your return journey as quickly as possible, but take me to that Cape I thought was such a good farm site. Perhaps the words I spoke will prove true enough and I will dwell there awhile. You will bury me there and mark my grave with crosses at the head and foot, and call the spot Krossanes (Cross point) after that.'

The Saga of the Greenlanders, p.643 The Sagas of the Icelanders: A Selection, Penguin, 1997

After that they saw a large group of native boats approach from the south, as thick as a steady stream. They were waving poles counter-sunwise now and all of them were shrieking loudly. The men took up their red shields and went towards them. They met and began fighting. A hard barrage rained down and the natives also had catapults.

Eirik the Red's Saga, p.670 The Sagas of the Icelanders: A Selection, Penguin, 1997

Friday, 11 January 2013

National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Stele of Aristion c 510 BC

Zeus or Poseidon from Artemision 460 BC

The Horse & Jockey from Artemision

Bull's Head Rhyton Grave IV Circle A Mycenae 

Inlaid bronze dagger Grave IV Circle A Mycenae 

Late Neolithic vase from Dimini (5300 - 4800 BC)