Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Two more Gladiators: Retiarus and Hoplomachus
Here is my first Retiarus, which is a Foundry figure from GLAD1/4 Colosseum Champions. Foundry don't seem to give you tridents with your retiarus figures any more but I was lucky and got some off eBay. The retiarus (net fighter) was the only gladiator who habitually fought without a helmet and was armed with a trident, a net and, often, a dagger. His (or her) main opponent was the secutor (see my previous entry: http://legatuswargamesarmies.blogspot.com/2008/02/gladiator-secutor.html) but sometimes they are recorded as having fought murmillones whose helmets were, appropriately, decorated with a fish motif. Retiarii were unarmoured apart from an armguard (which this figure does not have) and, sometimes an armoured shoulder and neck plate on the left arm (galerus) which he does have. The wide belt was called a balteus.
This is a hoplomachus from the same Foundry pack as the retiarus. The quilted leggings are typical as is the (not visible in this picture) armoured armguard (manica) on the sword arm. The had small, round bronze shields and were usually paired against Murmillones or Thraces.
Black Tree Design v Warlord EIR
Friday, May 23, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Planned museum visits
An expensive trip..
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Sharpe and Harper
Friday, May 02, 2008
Blog Hit Parade: April
1 (1) Pulp Warriors 13,566 (29,308)
2 (2) Cavegirls in Fur Bikinis 5,663 (34,992)
3 (3) 19th Century Sudan Wargames Armies 2,171 (13,945)
4 (4) Legatus' Wargames Armies 1,932 (8,941)
5 (5) Spartan WAB 777 (5,343)
6 (6) Return to Darkest Africa 538 (2,126)
7 (7) Punic War WAB 417 (2,009)
8 (8) Wargaming the Great Northern War 283 (1,471)
9 (9) 3rd and 4th Century Roman WAB 261 (858)
10 (11) Byzantine WAB 232 (1,643)
11 (10) Dark Ages WAB 157 (1,577)
12 (12) Lord of the Rings: Armies of Middle Earth 85 (295)
13 (13) Swashbucklers 32 (147)
The top 9 all stayed the same but Byzantines and Dark Ages swapped positions. Pulp Warriors' share continues to rise with 3,211 more hits than last month.