With the dawn of 2024 still fresh, it’s time to wheel out an army that I picked up way back in 2019 (pre pandemic!), and only got around to painting at the start of last year – and which first took to the tabletop at the very end of 2023, at the 3rd Devonian Classic competition in always-sunny Brixham.
Yes, this is Spartacus! is now appearing on your small (ish) screen in full polychrom cinematic glory (OK, they are almost all painted in Contrasts..) in 5 battle reports where the Slave Revolt struggles for freedom against the oppressive hegemonoies of the Greek City States (twice), the overweening imperialist ambitions of Alexander The Great, the Eastern Empire of the Comfy Kushans, and the Francophonic stylings of the Gauls.
There is oodles of additional irrelevant content shoehorned into these 5 reports, including some dubious “facts” about Spartacus’ links to Torbay,and some very strange AI-generated images of poorly armed kitchen workers and gardeners leading the charge against oppression
There is also loads of commentary and analysis from all of the usual suspects, including of course the final word in critique from Hannibal, and an array of non-sequitur captions which occasionally veer into philosophical musings on whether rodent-scat-based segregation criteria are good for military discipline and morale.
Go on, let this happy chap brighten up your hangover this New Year’s Day with his tales of derring-do and liberation from oppression and servitide achieved through the aggressive deployment of kitchen equipment in a hitherto unforseen combat context in these 5 Madaxeman battle reports!