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    Mike Headden
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    A monster posted by the god Enlil to guard the Cedar Forest (roughly the area that is now Lebanon), Humbaba was killed by the Sumerian heroes Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his friend Enkidu.

    He is described as having the face of a lion, the horns of an ox, the claws of a vulture, a body covered in spines and thorns and a tail that ends in a snake. His “member” also ended in a snakes head but I felt that that was a an anatomical detail too far πŸ™‚

    Allegedly, he could kill people with a look and could breathe flame.

    Here’s my take on him:

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #65934
    Mike
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    That is nifty, do like me a bit of folklore/mythology.

    Nice basing too.

    #65970
    Alexander Wasberg
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    That’s a nice bit of mod-work on that mini, nice to see some more unusual mythological creatures!

    #65989

    Ha ha! My first response was “What the ^&% kind of hedgehog is that?” I like it, though. Anything dealing with Mesopotamian mythology gets street cred just for being so darned obscure.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    #66015
    Northern Monkey
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    This is cool and it got me reading all about Humbaba which I have never come across before

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    #66019
    General Slade
    Participant

    That’s really nice work.Β  It is great to see a monster that is so out of the ordinary.Β  He’s like a scary version of Parsley the Lion:

    There is an ‘In Our Time’ radio programme about the Epic of Gilgamesh that makes for an interesting listen and gives a bit of background about Humbaba: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b080wbrq (I find Melvin Bragg and his guests are a good background noise while I am painting.)

     

    #67781

    Very odd to think of you as “Mike”.

    #67783
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Very odd to think of you as β€œMike”.

    Me or the other one?

    #67803
    Mike Headden
    Participant

    Me, I think.

    Alexander knows me as Ithoriel, elsewhere on the ‘net.

    And I know him as a complete pussycat πŸ™‚

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #67828
    Nic Wright
    Participant

    Love him. What game will he appear in?

    http://irregularwars.blogspot.co.uk/

    #67832
    Mike Headden
    Participant

    He’ll be an objective (hence the round base) for my “King of Kish” rules. These are home grown and intended entirely for my own amusement.

    Units are all on 60mm square bases with 16 skirmishers, 32 tribal types, 48 close order infantry, 6 chariots or a general and 24 bodyguards.

    If I ever get them finished I’ll have Sumerians, Old Kingdom Egyptians, Elamites, Amurru, Melukhans and Hill Tribes (Gutians etc.). I also have some ships.

    Sumerian General and Bodyguard

    General and Bodyguard

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #67897
    Nic Wright
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    Sounds great! I look forward to hearing more about this in the future!

    http://irregularwars.blogspot.co.uk/

    #67933

    Me, I think. Alexander knows me as Ithoriel, elsewhere on the β€˜net. And I know him as a complete pussycat πŸ™‚

     

    Hissssss.

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