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Shell0ut Inactive Member08 Jul 2018 1:20 a.m. PST

Piracy was a threat to ancient shipping in the Mediterranean long before the time of blackbeaed in the carribean. Its got me interested enough to try a game.

Shell0ut Inactive Member08 Jul 2018 1:38 a.m. PST

What figures would you suggest using for ancient pirates? Are there any specific companies that do ancient pirates in 15mm? Or would a rummage around the lead montain produce enough?

Does anyone make ships in 15mm too?

Porthos08 Jul 2018 2:06 a.m. PST

Wikipedia helps:

For figures just use the sailors available. Pirates, at least in the Ancient Mediterranean, did not diver in dress from others. And Julius Caesar probably told something about them ;-)).

Essex Miniatures has two 15mm ships: Viking and Egyptian. And try Google !

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2018 2:39 a.m. PST

Heap of stuff from Strelets: (some aren't that safe for work BTW….sailors will be sailors….




(good crucifixion here)



…check out the rest of the range in Roman Civilian at PSR


oh and Orion do Roman sailors & rowers:

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jul 2018 5:02 a.m. PST

Julius Caesar knew them well.

Roderick Robertson Fezian08 Jul 2018 7:01 a.m. PST

SO did Asterix and Obelix.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jul 2018 8:23 a.m. PST

Probably any skirmisher types would be good from whatever period you are using. Perhaps some hoplites would work for Greek stuff if you wanted although they may be too heavily armoured.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member08 Jul 2018 3:23 p.m. PST

I'd go with the original horned helmet pirates … the ancient "Sea Peoples", including the Sardinians.

And if you want your guys to tower over their victims a little, then you should get them in 18mm or perhaps even 1/72.



Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2018 10:20 p.m. PST

There you go, if CC & I both recommend Strelets, how far wrong can you go? LOL.

RudyNelson09 Jul 2018 11:51 a.m. PST

I am more familiar with the Far East the North, the coastlines along the Korean, Chinese and Japanese coasts were all targets of pirates. In SE Asia, pirates from Java and Sumatra are reported by mainland countries at different times.

RudyNelson09 Jul 2018 11:55 a.m. PST

In the Med, it seems that very time a major power collapsed, there was an increase in pirates. When Troy fell, when Carthage fell and so on.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member09 Jul 2018 3:57 p.m. PST


It's the old adage, when the cat's away, the mice will play.


Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2018 10:52 p.m. PST

You are going to need laburnae (what the Romans called biremes) for both the Goodies & the Baddies.

Not quite right but near enough?


Shell0ut Inactive Member12 Jul 2018 2:33 a.m. PST

Thanks for all the suggestions, i have some thinking to do now. These are all great!

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