My Trojan forces had been completely forgotten about until I came across two boxes of them, whilst digging out my Samurai forces.
The first box contains my four chariots, with varying degrees of damage, due to a lot of having to move my collections from one storage area to another (mostly for real-life reasons).
This project came about at a Wargames group I attended over fifteen years ago, whereon everyone picked a side in the Trojan Wars, a hero and had to make up a small force for it.
I can't remember which hero I was allocated and whether or not my forces ever saw action on the table either !
|Rear view (obligatory blurry photo)|
|Different rear view (bored yet ?)|
The above chariot was the only one still completely intact with all crew present !
Here are all four of them:
|One crewman awol !|
Opening the second box revealed a hodge-podge of figures in various stages of completion, but no finished ones !
|Still a bit of work to do here !|
|A few figures in various stages of completion|
I realised that this was some of my #1 son's half-finished forces, which meant mine were elsewhere (insert cock up and Trojan joke here - Editor's note: Only understood by older readers
I remembered storing them in a metal biscuit tin and after quick search (only slightly frantic) I found said tin. In case you're wondering why a tin, it's because a lot my figures are mounted on bases with a magnetic strip, these included !
Here's the photos:
|Close up of the phalanx|
|Close up view|
|Swordsmen (yep I know all the technical 'Ancient' terms)|
|'Javelins' close up with blue check biscuit in the background|
|Musicians (we were using the "Warhammer Ancient Battles set of rules)|
|"Standard" bearers, some sort of fan and a bulls head|
|Supernumeraries, leaders, shield bearers etc.|
As in most of my storage there was also the odd surprise...
|Ladders, for the towers in the citadel of Troy I built.|
|A Casualty figure for the boxer rebellion (I do wonder where the others are.)|
Finally, the all important group shot:
|Obvious group shot (sans ladders and Boxer casualty)|
So just over a hundred figures, with a few more uncompleted (and probably not mine), not really an army, but still a sizable force and only intended as a quarter of the total force and as I can't even remember which side I was on so these could even be the "Greeks"!
That's it then for this week and another army that may or may not have been used once and truly forgotten about. I have merely only dabbled in 'Ancients', but seemingly I do have a few.
Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully something will have been of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.
I am starting to wonder if there is a period that you haven't collected Joe? Love the war chariots, splendid stuff.ReplyDelete
Thank you Michael; there is a big gap in my collections, spanning about a thousand years - nothing after Early Imperial Romans until the mid 18th Century!Delete
Jesus you have a lot of figures Joe, a lot!ReplyDelete
erm Thanks Al (?).Delete
I thought it was the norm for gamers to have a lot of figures, surely Postie could easily out-match my collection ?
Thanks for another enjoyable slice of nostalgia Joe, but this one has a strange twist - I was given a half full shoe box of "old figures" by a chap who came to one of our gigs this weekend. He knew I was a wargamer, and thought I could find a use for them..... I've only had a quick look through what's in there, but there's definitely a few exactly the same as in your photo's!ReplyDelete
Just let me know if you want them to add to your collection :-)
Thanks TWA, I would normally jump at the chance to increase the number of figures in any of my collections, but I fear that they would sit in the u"unfinished figures box" with the other figures shown above. Bear in mind that they good be used in an "dgar Rice Burrows lost world scenario and are probably usable as Argonauts in place of the classical greeks one normally sees.Delete
They're just as likely to sit in an "unfinished figures box" here Joe - I'm not one to look a gift horse (or shoe box) in the mouth, but I can't see any of them finding a place in any of my 'projects', now or in the future, so the offer still stands :-)Delete
Ok, you've convinced me to sroe them here (I'll passthem on to #1 son to paint), email me and I'll send you my address as I doubt we're going to meet up any time soon !Delete
(Email can be found on my profile page and I will of course refund postage)
Wooow! What a fantastic... another collection!ReplyDelete
Thanks Michal and yes, yet another of my usused (but not unloved) collections, but I am running out of these and will move on to the ones I've used many times.Delete
I have wanted to do early/biblical (old testament) wargaming for quite some time but no one here likes the idea. (Earliest they go is Ancient Greeks). Excellent stuff. It seems you have all the armies I could want.ReplyDelete
Thanks Clint, I must admit to only ever tinkering with any armies pre-gunpowder, but these did take my fancy.Delete
It's a shame that we live at opposite ends of the country, as I've always thought we share a lot of ideas.
A pleasant thoughtDelete
Nice Trojans/ Greeks, lovely chariots, useful lion rampant type force?ReplyDelete
Thanks Iain, it may possibly be useful somewhere, for something but I don't know anything about Lion Rampart (or that much about ancients for that matter).Delete
Cool looking force. You could use it for that new game coming put by the guys who did Test of Honour.ReplyDelete
Thanks Brummie, on both counts and I'll look up the game.Delete
Your museum of wargaming figures display is growing by leaps and bounds.ReplyDelete
I imagine your cranial memory deposits are are a source of great joy, Zab. Enjoy the fruit of labors---past, present, and future.
Thanks Jay, though I've never thought of it as a museum, but you're probably correct tgough it may be "A Museum of Oddities and Curiosities.Delete
I should say that my nostalia has crept in a bit too...
Just back from hols Joe to yet more marvels & would agree with Jay above it's like been in a museum with each of these post been a different room :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Frank, I guess as most of my models, buildings and so on are well over 10 years od I think that a lot of new gamers would think that they belong in a museum (me too probably).Delete