The Children of the Hydra’s teeth
For this round, I went back to my first great love – the myths of the Greeks. My father used to tell me these wonderful stories, and gradually, I came to know these characters (I would actually go on to study Classics at university).
It does help, of course, if there’s a rattling good film made of the subject. And there is no better “Sword and Sandal” epic that Jason and the Argonauts. Made in the year I was born, 19…..ahem, it features the wonderful creations of the later Ray Harryhausen.
Yes, for my Myth entry, I’ve plumped for skeletons and Greeks! I’ve played slightly with the timeframe. Jason has killed the Hydra and is about to liberate the golden fleece. Meanwhile King Aeetes of Colchis has thrown the beast’s teeth into the earth and summoned forth its children – armed skeletons.
The skeletons are from Wargames factory, the Greeks (including shield transfers) are from Warlord games. The tree and fleece are from Steve Barber Models, ruins from Ral Partha and the figure of Jason was the free miniature given away at Salute two years ago.
I really enjoyed this diversion from my normal period, but I think I will carry on painting up a few Napoleonics.