Trojan War

It is fair to say that I devoured Classics Illustrated in the mid-1950’s. Having just learned to read they were a great gateway to ultimately moving on to the actual book. Several have shaped my wargaming pursuits and life-long interests, not the least being the Iliad.

I sold off my entire collection in my thirties, but now in my dotage, I am having to buy back the most influential and three or four years ago I got the Iliad. I always buy from the early print runs so the covers and illustrations match my memory. Some what more pricey but what are memories worth?

I was originally going to do the Trojan War in 25/28mm (and have a fair number from every manufacture who makes them (as far as I know). Having made the jump to 10mm a couple years ago I started over! I have a vauge idea that I’ll use a few of the large scale to portray the gods that are essential to the story telling of a semi-mythical war (and more than anything, wargaming is story telling).

I have the 10mm figures in the paint queue and work on them from time to time. This post was occasioned by a query on the Pendraken Forum concerning a size comparison of the ancient ranges of Pendraken and Magister Militum, both of which I’m using for my Trojan War work. Having them readily available  I ran up a quick picture:

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figure size comparison: Pendraken (left) Magister Militum (right)

Since I now had them out I decided to document the work so far.

I have read the Iliad several times in several translations (my favorite is Robert Fagles’s) not to mention all the other stories that tie to it in various ways (even Dan Simmons’s Ilium/Olympos diptych and the original Star Trek episode, “Who Mourns for Adonias?”). I will do my own rules. While I have at least a dozen commercial sets and most board games on the subject, I can’t meet the expectation of my mind – a common problem among wargamers.

At the very least the rules will be hex-based. To this end Pendraken (Minibits) produced a bunch of custom, single figure sabots for me last summer. They use one of their standard hex-sizes but the frames are cut out for the smaller U.S. penny:

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Pendraken / Minibits Custom Sabots

The hex shapes can be assembled permanently in various configurations (each one with specific characteristics) or left individual for the various heroes:

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They can also be nested to provide new configurations.

I have done the bulk of the major heroes (although there will be additional individuals for various minor captains and dramatic personae). At the moment the basing is rough and the figures have not had their cleanup or final detailing.

First the Trojans (and Allies):

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Then the Achaean’s:

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Achaean Heroes

Ajax the Greater takes on Hector:

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Duel Between Ajax and Hector

A note on color schemes (besides the ubiquitous bronze). Classics illustrated portrayed The Trojans in blue and the the Achaens in red. When the movie “Helen of Troy” came out in 1956 (an event that my nine year old self awaited with near insane anticipation), they used the SAME color scheme! The more recent movie “Troy”also used a variation on the theme. Obviously I have had to do the same :-).

I have a couple other secondary interest areas (on which I have at least done some work) that I will post about at some point. However I am at the moment consumed with OHW here and Monmouth’s (1685) Army and The Battle of Benburb (1646 Ireland) at the other blog.