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.

Monday, 6 April 2020

More Biblical Buildings (and People)

The latest additions to my Biblical settlement.
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, everything else scratchbuilt.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Biblical Butchery

Quite literally, you understand. A 15mm scale Iron Age Near Eastern butchery, based very loosely on archeology in Ashkelon. The first building of an intended settlement for my Biblical gaming. Based on a Sarissa Terrain Tile. Building scratch built from 2mm mdf. Baskets and jars from Baueda, biggest pot and fence from Crom’s Anvil, sheep from Irregular and butchers (slightly) converted from Xyston Athenian rowers.

Sunday, 27 January 2019


Whilst I claim to be a wargamer, if I am entirely honest I am really, and nearly always have been, a modeller rather than a gamer. I have long had an interest in history, particularly of the ancient variety. My interest in Biblical wargaming began when I defected from fantasy gaming to the historical version, and wanted lots of chariots!

My interest lies very specifically in the area and period of the monarchies of Israel and Judah, the 500 or so years from about 1050 BCE. I started collecting 15mm scale miniatures, didn’t like their tree trunk spears and bows, so replaced them with beheaded pins and brass wire.

In time I built their camps and homes, bought their families, pets and priests and populated their world with wildlife.

The models you see on this site have been bought, collected, built, converted and painted over some thirty years, with a few gaps here and there.

The army is intended to represent the Iron Age II armies of the monarchies of Israel and Judah. It started life as an army of either David or Solomon, but now is primarily representative of the sometimes-allied armies of Ahab of Israel and Jehoshaphat of Judah, although it can easily be pressed into service for the United Kingdom (of Israel, not Great Britain and Northern Ireland!). It could also represent an army of one of the later kings, especially with the use of heavy (four horse) chariots.

My primary source of information has been the Bible (I favour the New International Version), but I have also used the histories of Josephus, contemporary records from other nations and more recent histories, archaeology and commentaries. I have chosen to take the Bible at face value, as I have been creating a Biblical army, so some may choose to see the army as a fantasy rather than historical army; that is the prerogative of those individuals. Whilst I have attempted to be true to scripture, I have taken care to not ride roughshod over history and archaeology. (Unless I prefer the Hollywood version!)

One of the problems with studying the history of the Bible (that is, of the events described in the Bible rather than of the book itself) is that the authors of commentary as well as historians and archaeologists of the period often have an axe to grind. In common with these people from all sides, where there has been a conflict between one source and another, I have used the one which best suits my purposes or prejudices. Some things are known to be authentic, some are probably anachronistic whilst some are definitely anachronistic. Some of these anachronisms are intentional, and they mostly owe their influences to Hollywood, 'though I have avoided the all-too-frequently-seen Magen David standards and shields.