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  • #134388
    Geof Downton
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    The latest additions to my Biblical settlement, started here.

    All are scratchbuilt from 2mm mdf and/or greyboard, with interlocking bases from Sarissa.

    Firstly an apiary based on one excavated at Tel Rehov, Israel:

    Beekeepers are Magister Militum Celtic civilians.

    The space at the end can accommodate the anachronistic Sumer Bar and Grill; beer drinkers from Eureka, barbie from Museum.

    Not everyone likes beer (I know!) so here’s a winery, loosely based on one at Ashkelon:

    Grape treaders from Magister Militum, jar carrier from Forged in Battle. Jars and baskets from Baueda.

    A row of shops, with workshops behind and accommodation above, again loosely based on archaeology at Ashkelon:

    Moneychanger converted from Eureka Sumerian, corn merchant from Essex.

    Ari, potter is converted from two Eureka Sumerians, I think the smith started out as a Magister Militum Celt and the spinner is converted from a Xyston civilian. Large dye jars from Crom’s Anvil.

    Pots from Baueda and Essex. Note the Biblical bog at top left. The one it is based on was in a gatehouse at Lachish.

    Finally the other side of the street:

    Weaver yet another conversion from a Eureka Sumerian, leather worker and  basketmaker converted from Blue Moon Celts, greengrocer a Forged in Battle Roman civilian.

    Baskets in rightmost shop from Baueda.

    One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
    Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11

    #134393
    Mike Headden
    Participant

    Those are great! I’d no idea we knew what an apiary looked like back then!

    I think I may have been inspired to work on my 6mm Sumerian town again 🙂

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #134395
    zippyfusenet
    Participant

    Very impressive modeling. Do you play games with them?

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #134399
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    Wow, this is so inspiring!!!

    Thanks for sharing these awesome photos.

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #134404
    Geof Downton
    Participant

    Thanks gents, you are very kind!

    I think I may have been inspired to work on my 6mm Sumerian town again

    I hope so, I’d like to see it.

    Do you play games with them?

    The intention is to use them for skirmish games and/or role playing, but really it’s about the modelling!

    One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
    Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11

    #134413
    Mike
    Keymaster

    I do get a lot of inspiration from these for my own games, though I have yet to do anything.
    I must be more productive, please do keep up the good work!

    #134435
    Geof Downton
    Participant

    Thanks Mike, it’s nice to have my efforts appreciated, even if that’s not why I do it.

    You can see why I buy more jars every time I order from you. I can foresee a wheelwright/cart dealer in my town’s future…

    …but first a ship!

    One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
    Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11

    #134438
    Rhoderic
    Participant

    I’m in awe. I like the realism and attention to detail.

    Never thought of studying what ancient apiaries looked like. Great idea!

    #134447
    Geof Downton
    Participant

    Thank you. The detail is why I do it, especially finding a thing designed for something else that I can use. Eg. seed beads for loom weights, or hessian ribbon for baskets.

    Never thought of studying what ancient apiaries looked like.

    Neither did I. I discovered it by accident, and thought, “That’s an interesting thing to build”.

    One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
    Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11

    #134453
    jeffers
    Participant

    These are absolutely superb.

    You probably already know this, but if not I recommend watching Irving Finkel’s lectures and ‘teach yourself cuneiform’ on YouTube. Brilliant chap and hugely entertaining to boot.

    More nonsense on my blog: http://battle77.blogspot.com/

    #134459
    Mike Headden
    Participant

    I’ll second Irving Finkel’s lectures as being hugely entertaining and well worth a watch if you are interested in the period.

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #134466
    Geof Downton
    Participant

    I must first thank Jeffers for the compliment and then endorse the opinions regarding the archetypal hipster, Irving Finkel, although being most interested in the kings of Israel and Judah, I must confess that I am an acolyte of Francesca Stavrakopoulou. As for learning Cuneiform, I’m already finding Biblical Hebrew impossible enough!

    One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
    Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11

    #134470
    Mike
    Keymaster

    What are the jars, and did you make those lids with a hole punch or?

    #134474
    Geof Downton
    Participant

    If you mean the hives, they are tubes made from thin greyboard, and the ends and lids (and the holes in the lids to let the bees in and out) are done with a hollow punch.

    One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
    Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11

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