Thracians: I warned you about movement trays

Whennnnn you hear the warcry

And the javelins fly

That’s a lochos

OK! Despite the previous, eloquent explanation above, you may still have a question: what’s a lochos? Well: a lochos is a Greek term (surprise) which is generally translated to mean ‘company’ (as in a group of soldiers) but literally means ‘ambush’. A lochos, therefore, was a company of warriors sent in to hostile or at least contested territory to raid farms, take prisoners – generally do dirty deeds. A kind of ‘kill-team,’ if you will. In the upcoming skirmish game Mortal Gods, set during the long but generally low-intensity conflicts of the Peloponnesian Wars, a lochos is the term used to describe your little force of bad-enough dudes. And that’s what you see above.

Young Rhescuporis serves as the lochagos – the group’s leader, who totally can go out and cut people but is also a very important support character to the troops around him, who are 5 units of peltasts. The peltasts, as you can see, form up in this game on 3-man movement trays, which would be very easy if I’d done the sensible thing and put these guys on 25mm bases, but of course I didn’t. Some of them were already on 30mm bases, having been rebased from 20mm square bases, and I didn’t feel like rebasing them yet again, so I had to do a little bit of custom chopping and whittling to make things work.

This was originally a nice 60mm machine-gun team tray from Sarissa which would fit 3 25mm bases in perfectly – after a bit of work it now just about fits 2 30mm bases and 1 25mm, which ends up looking a little bit funky, but these guys are very much irregular, skirmishing troops so I’m very much ok with them forming up in a bit of an aggressive, stabby mess.

Anyway, I’ll probably add the odd unit to supplement these guys (some archers would be nice) and I’ll definitely add a couple of other heroes, but that’s the core of my force for Mortal Gods ready to hit the table.

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Thracians: I need a hero.

Rhescuporis: the Wolf of Chalcedon

My growing gang of Thracians for Mortal Gods needed a leader of some description and I still need to paint up the rest of these unpainted models I’ve got sitting around, so this guy happened! Very happy with him. It can be tough coming up with different colour schemes for all these guys, so I’ve shamelessly ripped off the Australian national rugby team.

Thracians: business in the front, party in the back

Another 5 guys off the production line! These bright colours are a great antidote to the gloomy weather. I’ve started prepping these guys for use in upcoming skirmish game Mortal Gods, where they’ll probably be able to give a fuller account of themselves than in any of the ‘big battle’ historical games that are out there – the Thracians really made their name as skirmishers, after all, so it should be a natural fit. Mortal Gods has peltasts form up in units of 3, so it looks like I have some more custom movement trays in my future!

I don’t mean that to sound sarcastic, I actually love movement trays and basing. Gets me in touch with nature, without actually having to get rained on.

Speaking of Mortal Gods, they’ve put up another promo image for their own line of Thracians. If you’ve read far enough back, you might recall I was super-duper enamoured with their forthcoming peltasts!

And then there’s this guy:

Hoo boy. No thankyou.

No, really, I’m gonna pass on this one. Do we want to talk about this weird battle apron that makes him look like he’s wearing an adult diaper? Or maybe the weird cut out tunic so he can show off his manly sideboobs? Maybe we could instead talk about how that’s not what a fucking rhomphaia looks like, goddammit.

Excerpt from Osprey’s The Thracians

I don’t understand why miniature companies seem to have such a hard time getting these swords right! There’s archaeological evidence! They’re long, straight swords! With long handles! And they don’t have silly droopy tips! And I am a salty old man on the internet now, apparently! Happens to us all eventually, I guess.

Anyway, it’s not really dampening my enthusiasm for the game (he’s not the only Thracian character they have in development, and the other one looks much more promising) and I get that Mortal Gods takes a rather fast-and-loose, Assassin’s Creed-esque approach to the historical material (and frankly, I’m right there with them), but this guy’s not going to make it onto the shopping list. On the other hand…

… that guy definitely is.