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23 Sep 2022 12:00 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Filching ancient battles" to "Seventy-Six Triremes"

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Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 6:22 p.m. PST

I was counting 1/1200 models in my ancient galley fleets, and when I finished counting a group of 76 aphract triremes, the song "Seventy Six Trombones" popped into my head and wouldn't stop. Naturally, I was forced to rewrite it with period-appropriate lyrics.

(If you find yourself wondering how that is in any way "natural", you probably don't want to know any more about the contents of my head.)

Seventy Six Triremes
Sung to the tune of Seventy Six Trombones by Meredith Wilson

    Seventy-six triremes led the big attack
    With a hundred and ten cataphracts close at hand
    They were crewed by aisles and aisles
    of the soldiers' ranks and files,
    The expanse of every deck was manned

    Seventy six bronze rams caught the morning sun
    With a hundred and ten more coming right behind
    Setting off in the morning breeze
    across the wine dark seas
    Came the ships of every shape and kind

    Thousands of oarsmen pulled the ships to ramming speed
    Thundering, thundering all along the way
    The triple banks of oars pulled into the lead
    Each steering oar seeking out its own ship's prey

    There were fifty thousand men among the rowing crews
    Thundering, thundering louder than before
    War galleys of every size
    all ships of war a king would prize
    A fleet prepared for battle to the core

    Seventy-six triremes led the big attack
    When the order to row rang out loud and clear
    Starting off with a big brass blare
    the new signal shook the air
    From the big brass horns at front and rear

    Seventy-six triremes sheared the enemy oars
    Then a hundred and ten cataphracts laid aboard
    When the king gave the sign
    and the center of the line
    Rammed the enemy and put them to the sword

paul liddle23 Sep 2022 3:08 a.m. PST

Cracking!, you're like the Lennon and McCartney of the wargames world.

NCC171723 Sep 2022 3:13 a.m. PST

Friend, either you're closing your eyes
To a situation you do not wish to acknowledge
Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated
By the presence of a wargame table in your community…

Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here
I say, trouble right here in Piraeus….

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2022 6:11 a.m. PST

Lida Rose, I'm home again, Rose….

Grelber23 Sep 2022 9:32 a.m. PST

Time well spent!


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2022 10:31 a.m. PST


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2022 12:09 p.m. PST

Agreed – a song to echo thru the ages!

DFLange Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2022 2:31 p.m. PST

Well done! Can we expect a video rendition at some point?

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