As time permits I'm extending my collection of ancient ruins and paraphernalia. Thus it's growing veeery slowly but steadily. Let's start with some recent additions.
Not the most impressive type of scenery, these ovens were just too much fun and should provide some 'period flavour'. The cupolas were built from the ever so useful plastic shells found in Kinder Surprise (think that's how it's called), put on top of a simple styrofoam square and "plastered"with wood filler. The hand mill should look familiar to anyone who's visited a Roman reenactment; it's made of styrofoam, cut out with a 20mm punch (originally meant for leatherwork). Like all my terrain this piece might get used in other settings as well, but clearly my ruined city is still home to living people.
The stone wall was an experiment. Its construction roughly follows ancient techniques: the gap between two parallel walls was filled with leftover material, putty and sand, saving on material and weight. While this worked reasonably well, I'm not that convinced by the exterior decoration. This should actually resemble neat masonry or plasterwork like seen on Hellenistic and Roman defensive walls, but didn't turn out as planned. Well, maybe next time – advice is always welcome!
Several sections will follow since walls introduce a feature particularly useful in skirmish games: different height levels. In this instance I just added some makeshift wooden platforms, obviously installed by less talented constructors. They may also serve as a shelter for passersby, heroes and more dubious characters alike.
Speaking of shady figures, I also painted a few Thracians (kindly donated by Prof. Witchheimer, thanks a lot!) as generic minions, cultists or mere sellswords even. Models are by Wargames Foundry, i.e. Copplestone/Saleh/Collier sculpts, and a real joy to paint – although I didn't go crazy copying all the colourful and heavily patterned garments usually ascribed to Thracian warriors.
The miniatures complement King Aietes and his companion painted for our "Jason and the Argonauts" participation game back in 2010/11. These two may well become the leading men in a forthcoming Frostgrave campaign, but better don't hold your breath for that.
And that's it for now. I've already collected all kind of rubble for the next pieces, and trusty Kastor is inspecting only the most suspicious item…