Monday, July 7, 2014

Lord of the Two Lands, and High Priest of Every Temple...

Those are two of the traditional titles of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. As I had the rest of my Historicon painting done, I painted up this pair of resin statues that I acquired at Historicon back 6 or more years ago. Ken is doing the terrain for our Historicon games using Pulse of Battle rules by Brent Oman. It will feature my New Kingdom Egyptian army against his Sea Peoples - Canaanite Alliance.

These Colossi  should fit against a convenient cliff face somewhere, Abu-Simbel style!  Like the sculptures of the Greeks, Assyrians, Mayans, and other ancients, in their day these were painted in life-like colors, and not left as the bare stone we are accustomed to seeing millennia later. 

I also finished off this Pharaoh on foot, another of my bargain Essex close out purchases from Wargames, Inc. I also got enough other Essex figures for another unit of archers, and a unit of Egyptian slingers, but I don't "need" them for next week's games. Nope, seldom is a wargames army ever really "done", LOL!

The Pharaoh's costume looks a bit plain. I think I'll tart it up with some lapis lazuli and carnelian stones on his neck pieces and bracelets, and a more intricate pattern on the central panel of the red girdle. Gotta look the  look, to talk the talk and walk the walk (like an Egyptian), ya know!

Authentic Egyptian music being hard to come by, we'll end with  a bit of Kulture from the poet, Shelly:

OZYMANDIAS (Referring to one of the alternate throne names of  Ramses II)

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

- Percy Bysshe Shelley (1819)

And here is a closeup of the jazzed up Pharoah, front...

and back. Definitely a bit more regal looking!


  1. Colossal Colossi! Fitting addition to any NKE battle.

    You made your Historicon painting goals with time to spare. No staying up til midnight the night before painting. Well done!

    Hope we get to see photos from your Historicon adventure and, of course, from your Bibilical battle.

  2. Thanks, Jon.

    The best part is that Ken is bringing the enemies (and terrain) for the Ancients game, and Barry is bringing the Russians for Montmirail, so I should have plenty of space in the car for once, and it's almost all packed up already. Woo-hoo! I do want t do a final Sci Fo test game this weekend, though.

    Bar unforseen problems, there should be plenty of pictures of everything!

  3. So let it be written; so let it be done!

  4. Painting, archaeology and poetry, you gave us the lot—that’s a brilliant bit of "sic transit gloria mundi" by the bard, isn't it? The monoliths are gonna look marvellous on the tabletop, thanks to the devotion of the modern sculptor and painter! I am most impressed that you have all of your painting done for Historicon, almost two weeks out. Top effort!

    1. Thanks, James! "Ozy" is a kind of poetry I can easily relate to.

      The biggst part of the painting fopr Historicon has actually been the many space ships... and if I have time, I have a bit of detailing work to do on a new space station, although if need be it will work fine in white (done already) plus a coat of "magic wash" to bring out the details.