Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Biblical Royal Palace – Finished!


Well, at last the king’s palace has been completed. Built from 2mm and 3mm mdf, on a base from Sarissa.

Based on archaeology from several places in the Near East, along with Biblical descriptions of David’s and Solomon’s palaces, and a light sprinkling of Hollywood.

Window frames modified from those by ks_creation on eBay.

Skylight window frames are dice frames from Minibits.

Water jar on roof from Crom’s Anvil, but it’s really there as a handle to lift the roof.

The main entrance is based on archaeology at Hazor; capitals cast in resin from a scratchbuilt master on pillars from square styrene tube.

Palace guards are Chariot/Magister Militum. The terrible picture was taken with an endoscope – a less than successful attempt to go inside buildings.

The throne hall has a public gallery. ‘Stone’ foundations of wooden columns are cut from Fenris 28mm ‘brick’ columns.

Shields from Chariot/Magister Militum.

Lions on steps (1 Kings 10:20) are Donnington boar standards, with filed snouts and fuse wire tails.

The king’s dais is removeable, so it can be used elsewhere, and so the building can become Assyrian or Minoan if required.

The king is a Xyston ‘Antigonas’ with a head transplant, and a crown grafted onto that. Both donor parts from Chariot/Magister Militum.

Ahilud the recorder and Seraiah the Secretary from Museum.

Firebowls from Crom’s Anvil on bell cap stands.

The palace is built around an open courtyard.

The accommodation is perhaps rather less decorated than it should be, again for versatility. (Definitely not laziness or lack of ability…)

Doors are cherry on ribbon hinges, except for those into the throne room, which are from Bethlehem olivewood. (I must include something properly Biblical!)

Of course, next to the king’s throne room is his throne room. Archaeological precedent from Lachish.

Kings had many wives, mostly for political purposes, so they need accommodation too.

Harem dividers and bed canopies are 28mm scale mdf door frames from Empires at War, which turned out to be the perfect height for my ceilings, and width for my ribbon!

Harem eunuchs are Irregular ‘African chubby male civilians’ with Peter Pig eunuch heads.

Furniture scratchbuilt in maple, cherry and walnut from W. Hobby and Cornwall Model Boats.

Individual jars, pots, baskets and tableware mostly 3d printed from Crom’s Anvil, with a couple of Essex bits.

Stairs are Plastruct.

The kitchen and servants quarters are on one side of the courtyard, the kitchen and storerooms  at ground level…

…and accommodation above.

Ladders are model rail signal ladders in etched brass, from C R Signals, bent, twisted, and straightened to (hopefully) look more like wood.

Stacks of supplies and cooking fire are Baueda.

Other people are classical, Celtic, or generic ancient civilians from Baueda, Blue Moon, Chariot, Essex, Forged in Battle, Irregular and Xyston. Perhaps some from other places have sneaked in.

Thanks for looking. I’m thinking either a harbour or ‘King Solomon’s Mines’ next…

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Biblical Royal Palace – Work in Progress…


Admit it - you were expecting a part-built model, not a building site!


The King needs a new palace, so has employed workmen to build it.

Scratchbuilt from all kinds of odds and sods, I mean from the finest Cedars of Lebanon and Jerusalem Stone, as usual on a Sarissa base.

Clay bricks from Pendraken/Minibits.

Brickmakers are a converted Essex Arab civilian and a Blue Moon African villager with a Peter Pig Viking head.

Timber from my garden.

Carpenter is a converted Xyston Athenian rower.

Masons’ lodge from split bamboo kebab skewers.

Stone waste pile from Salisbury Cathedral workshop via a rockery I used to have.

Proto-Ionic capitals are cast in resin from a master I made from styrene and brass rod.

The mason is another converted Xyston Athenian rower.

Remaining figures from Essex and Xyston.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

All Along the Watchtower

Another Biblical building, this time a watchtower. Used for looking out over fields, olive groves and vineyards, to ensure the security of the crop and the enthusiasm of the workforce.

Built from thick greyboard with blocks made from thinner card plastered with PVA and sand.

Roofed with model railway ‘reeds’ on a bamboo kebab skewer frame.

The lookout is an Arabic civilian from Essex and the Hoopoe is a OO scale woodpecker with a cigarette paper crest.

Bushes are from Tajima1 Miniatures.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Holy Smoke!


The latest building for my 15mm Biblical settlement – a temple based on the one excavated at Arad.


Although ostensibly a temple to YHWH, the god of the Hebrews, it has two massebot (standing stones) in the holy of holies, thought to represent male and female deities. The two incense altars are of particular interest. On both were found residue from the burning of ‘incense’. On one frankincense, and on the other hashish. My building has no windows for a reason…

The enclosed courtyard includes an altar of burnt offering…

…and to one side is a market. Eventually I’ll make some shelters/canopies for the traders.

It is entirely scratch built from 2mm mdf on a base from Sarissa Precision. Multi coloured sand on base is from the Negev Desert via eBay.

Priests lightly converted from Xyston Maccabean rabbis. Other figures are from various places, including Museum, Blue Moon and Forged in Battle. The geese are from Minibits.

Jars and baskets are from Baueda and Crom’s Anvil or made from beads and jump rings.

The beacon on the roof is made from metal button and acrylic bases, but really it’s a handle with which to lift off the roof.

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Another Threshing-Floor and an Altar to the Detestable God of the Ammonites.

Two minor additions to my Biblical settlement:

First an earth altar to the God of the Hebrews, as built by David in 2 Samuel 24 on the threshing-floor of Araunah in Jerusalem, later to become the site of the Temple of Solomon.

Priests are slightly converted Maccabean rabbis from Xyston. Sacrificial goat also from Xyston.

Another view whilst the sacrifice is being burned. Fire is stuff I bought yonks ago from Gale Force Nine.


An altar to Molech, the Detestable god of the Ammonites, which could equally serve Chemosh, the Detestable god of the Moabites. Either of these Detestable gods prefer children to goats...

I'm not at all sure where these figures are from, the priestesses may be from Donnington. The idol is an ancient Citadel model.

As always offerings must be burned so that the (Detestable) gods can smell them...

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

“Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing-floor.” Ruth 3:2

Additions to my Biblical town. A granary and threshing-floor.

Built on interlocking tiles from Sarissa.

The granary is from Acheson, bushels from Baueda and the corn stooks are N gauge model railway accessories from P&D Marsh.

The men and oxen from I-can’t-remember, weapons replaced with wire pitchforks and whip.

The gent with the oxen is standing on a scratch built green stuff threshing sledge, which is completely concealed by the straw, grain and chaff on the floor!

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

"Go throughout the tribes of Israel…and enrol the fighting men…”

I was bored yesterday, so I lined up my little Hebrews and photographed them.

The army was started sometime after I saw the film "King David" (1985), and initiated my move to historical gaming from fantasy. The army has grown, bits have been repainted, rebased and/or replaced. The majority of the figures are Chariot Miniatures, either in their original incarnation or the born-again Magister Militum version, but there are bits and pieces from many other manufacturers. The slingers, for example, are a mixture of Minifigs and Xyston.


The King's chariot, left of centre, with horses for some reason in West Ham colours, is gold leafed.


Cherethites and Pelethites, David's mercenary bodyguard:



 The chap with the bright shield is Uriah the Hittite, before David nicked his wife.



More bows:



The waggons are filled with Eilat stone, copper ore  from the alleged site of King Solomon's mines.


Tents from Baueda. All of my armies/collection include birds, preferably gallus species, hence the cockfight.

Finally ambush markers:

The unfortunate chap hit by the wrath of God is a wizard's victim from Peter Pig.

To add authenticity the dirt and stones on the bases is from Megiddo. (OK, it adds nothing but, in my head at least it's cool!)

Oh... and the Biblical quote in the title is from 2 Samuel 24:2.