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Gone Fishing15 Dec 2017 7:44 a.m. PST

Hi All,

Looking around for some table dressings for a 54mm Gallic Wars project and thought an idol or two might be fun and atmospheric. It doesn't particularly matter to me which god or goddess is represented – I was thinking Teutates as he's the most famous (thanks to a certain comic series) but anything with the suitable look would be fine.

The best idea I have is to use a Lewis chessman, perhaps this chap: link I do realize he is from a different people and different era, but it's the look I'm after, not strict historical accuracy. Several other pieces could serve as well.

Any other ideas? Thank you for any help!

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2017 8:08 a.m. PST

The piece in the link would definitely fit in I think. I'm sure chess pieces are your best bet.

Mick the Metalsmith15 Dec 2017 8:23 a.m. PST

Gallic style and Viking styles are way too disparate. You want a la tene style work. Think Cernunnos on the gundestrop cauldron or abstract spiraling such as on the battersea shield and Pictish marker stones. No knots. Romano-Celtic might work. If you put a Lewis piece on the board it would look as a out of place as a samurai statue to my eyes.

I think a scratch built menhir would be more evocative.

Gone Fishing15 Dec 2017 8:39 a.m. PST

Points well taken, Mick. Not sure I agree that it would be the same as having a samurai, but you do have a point – the looks are different, as one would expect. Scratch building is an option, but I was looking for the lazy man's way out!

Mick the Metalsmith15 Dec 2017 11:52 a.m. PST

A menhir would be pretty easy. A piece of pine bark cemented to a base, dry brush it stone coloured. It will be a shame to over shadow 54mm Gallic forces with their tattoos with the wrong setting. Gauls were not much into idol statues as far as surviving artifacts indicate, unless they were wood. Those which survive in stone are very abstract until Roman influence.

Timbo W15 Dec 2017 1:54 p.m. PST

the Gauls did have stone 'ritual sites' with cubby holes to hold skulls

moar skullzzz!!

Gone Fishing15 Dec 2017 5:13 p.m. PST

You're quite right, Timbo! They seem to have been a deeply unpleasant group of gods. Skulls are definitely on the purchase list!

Mick the Metalsmith16 Dec 2017 7:08 a.m. PST

Unpleasant? Don't go believing all that Roman propaganda now!

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