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  • #78972
    Gone Fishing
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    Hi All,

    Looking around for some table dressings for a 54mm Gallic Wars project and thought an idol or two might be fun and atmospheric. It doesn’t particularly matter to me which god or goddess is represented โ€“ I was thinking Teutates as he’s the most famous (thanks to a certain comic series) but anything with the suitable look would be fine.

    The best idea I have is to use a Lewis chessman, perhaps this chap:ย https://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/invt/cmcr38560 I do realize he is from a different people and different era, but it’s the look I’m after, not strict historical accuracy. Several other pieces could serve as well.

    Any other ideas? Thank you for any help!

    Edit: Hmmm, link doesn’t seem to work. The figure in question is the berserker gnawing on the edge of his shield.

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    #78989
    Mike Headden
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    Can’t think of anything off the top of my head so I’ll just post a couple of pics of real celtic idols for inspiration

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by Mike Headden.

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    #78991
    Mike Headden
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    Never dealt with the company but I’ve had the site bookmarked for ages.

    http://www.monolithdesigns.co.uk/prehistoric_europe.htm

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    #79006
    Gone Fishing
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    Thank you, Mike. Love the inspiring shots. Unfortunately I’ve ordered from Monolith before and would never do so again. I’ll keep looking, but greatly appreciate the input!

    #79009
    Rod Robertson
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    Gone Fishing:

    Sun Discs carried on wagons, a priest or priestess of the moon in full regalia, the horned-man totem (as pictured by Mike above), maypoles, with ribbons radiating from the top of the pole, animal totems like boars, bears and stags usually on the ends of poles if they are small or carried by warriors on their shoulders like a litter or on a cart/wagon if large.

    https://goo.gl/images/g7BxW2

    https://goo.gl/images/jFPzPp

    https://goo.gl/images/1nUhUZ

    https://goo.gl/images/dBNbQH

    Cheers.

    Rod Robertson.

    #79043
    Gone Fishing
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    Thank you for those excellent images, Rod. I’d love to do a horned man image like the first pic, but am not sure how to go about it. Think, think…

    Thanks again!

    #79046
    Rod Robertson
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    Gone Fishing:

    Brass wire, Green Stuff, cyano-acrylate glue and epoxy are your friends! Barring that, finding an existing 54 mm miniature of a sitting Celtic man or shaman and modifying it with wire-based horns, a twisted torque or two and a writhing serpent in his hand is an option. Then paint it up in wood, bronze/brass, silver and/or gold and mount it on a cart or wagon miniature or a modified chariot and you’re in business. I do this all the time in 15mm and sometimes in 25/28mm for my ancient armies.

    Cheers.

    Rod Robertson.

    #79047
    Patrice
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    You can find lots of metal products (sold as broochs etc) representing the horned god, some are probably not very expensive on eBay etc.

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    https://www.anargader.net/

    #79055
    Mike Headden
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    It’s intended as a tea-light holder but could do well as a shrine with sacred pool with a little work or even just a little imagination! There’s a moon goddess one too on the same page.

    It’s about 90mm tall from the description.

    Available from http://witchesofwalthamabbey.com/products/god-andamp-goddess-figures.htm

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    #79062
    Gone Fishing
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    Patrice and Mike, more excellent suggestions, thank you. The more I think about it, though, I think I’ll go Rod’s route and just sculpt one myself. The fact that most surviving images are rather primitive affairs (Greco/Roman art it’s not) makes my job all the easier!

    #79086
    Mike Headden
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    We will expect pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

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