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Author Topic: A street of the Aventine, a table for adventures in First Century Rome  (Read 2499 times)

Online ithoriel

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Stunning and inspirational stuff!

I had the same idea of using spectators as seated figures but am struggling to find stools and a table at a price I can afford. Can you tell me where yours came from? They look ideal. TIA!

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Offline Chris Abbey

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Hi Ithoriel,

The tables and stools in the photo were also from Sally 4th. We have a number of metal furnishings and detailing products that we have used ourselves, but never got around to putting on the web site. I have rectified this now and put a pack together of just stools and tables, and a pack with seated Romans sitting on them, like the ones in my photos.





They are now on our 'A Street off the Aventine' page:
https://wargamesbuildings.co.uk/product-category/sally_4th_miniatures/might_of_rome/a-street-of-the-aventine/
Chris Abbey
Www.sally4th.co.uk

Online ithoriel

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Ooooh! Hubba! Hubba! Hubba!

Thanks Chris.

I'm off to depress my bank manager even further.  :D

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Bought!  :)

Offline Chris Abbey

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Thanks, hope you enjoy our Roman range as much as we do.
We have lots and lots more under development. I am afraid since discovering the works of Lindsey Davis and Mary Beard I have become a bit obsessed with First Century Rome which offers so many possibilities for gaming with Pulp Alley, Gangs of Rome and now with a Lovecraft tint with Cohors Cthulhu!

If any one has not yet discovered Lindsey's fictional, but very well researched world of Marcus Didius Falco and then Flavia Albia, they are highly recommended, cracking good reads. Falco is a First Century Gumshoe, a hard nosed private investigator, or 'informer' in the language of the time. He is a Republican by inclination, but more often than he would like drawn in to working for Vespasian on Imperial business. By birth a plebeian, falls in love and marries a senators daughter, Helena with whom he travels the Roman world solving mysteries and attempting to do the right thing. I like him!
Lindsey has a website https://lindseydavis.co.uk/
Once a month, on a Tuesday evening she does an hours reading over zoom of one of her books. You can sign up under the 'events' tab on her website. Highly recommended.

Offline Chris Abbey

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Over the weekend I did a lot more work on my Roman Insular project.



These building kits will be available from Sally 4th  at the end of the week, next week at the latest.
They are multi-material kits using 3mm & 2mm MDF, Greyboard and cast resin roofs.



They are designed to easily stack, with lots of variety and options. If you want you can embed rare earth magnets in the walls to hold the buildings together into a block.



'How many hands in the fountain?'
Also painted up the cast resin fountain, an essential part of any Roman street scene!

https://wargamesbuildings.co.uk/a-street-off-the-aventine/

Online ithoriel

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Thanks, hope you enjoy our Roman range as much as we do.
We have lots and lots more under development. I am afraid since discovering the works of Lindsey Davis and Mary Beard I have become a bit obsessed with First Century Rome which offers so many possibilities for gaming with Pulp Alley, Gangs of Rome and now with a Lovecraft tint with Cohors Cthulhu!

If any one has not yet discovered Lindsey's fictional, but very well researched world of Marcus Didius Falco and then Flavia Albia, they are highly recommended, cracking good reads. Falco is a First Century Gumshoe, a hard nosed private investigator, or 'informer' in the language of the time. He is a Republican by inclination, but more often than he would like drawn in to working for Vespasian on Imperial business. By birth a plebeian, falls in love and marries a senators daughter, Helena with whom he travels the Roman world solving mysteries and attempting to do the right thing. I like him!
Lindsey has a website https://lindseydavis.co.uk/
Once a month, on a Tuesday evening she does an hours reading over zoom of one of her books. You can sign up under the 'events' tab on her website. Highly recommended.

I wholeheartedly second your praise for the Falco and Flavia Albia series. The major characters are a microcosm of Roman life. Petronius and the Vigiles are particular favourites of mine.


I'm setting my own games in the 1st Century BCE, the era of Clodius, Milo, The Gracchi Brothers and M. L. Crassus' extortioner firemen.

No Vigiles in that era, they are an Imperial invention.
I have, however, discovered the Tresviri Capitales, aka the Tresviri Nocturni, a similar bunch of reprobates acting as night watch and fire brigade.


They had their HQ in the Forum but I am using a little poetic license to posit other outstations in which to stash additional firefighting equipment and perhaps reprobates before onward transmission to the Forum.

I am using Sarissa's Roman Watchtower Dice Tower, even though of a later date, to act as such.
« Last Edit: July 09, 2024, 06:54:57 PM by ithoriel »

Offline cadbren

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Over the weekend I did a lot more work on my Roman Insular project.



These building kits will be available from Sally 4th  at the end of the week, next week at the latest.
They are multi-material kits using 3mm & 2mm MDF, Greyboard and cast resin roofs.



They are designed to easily stack, with lots of variety and options. If you want you can embed rare earth magnets in the walls to hold the buildings together into a block.




That looks awesome. Something else you could consider is tile antefixes. On fancier buildings these capped the ends of each row of curved tiles so you couldn't see the gap. They could be cast in strings of five or whatever to match the spaces in your roof.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2024, 10:45:57 AM by cadbren »

Offline Chris Abbey

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That looks awesome. Something else you could consider is tile antefixes. On fancier buildings these capped the ends of each row of curved tiles so you couldn't see the gap. They could be cast in strings of five or whatever to match the spaces in your roof.

Thanks for that, I will add to the list of Roman things to look into!

Over the weekend I painted up the metal Sally 4th butchers shop accessory set.



I had the set on my desk for several weeks but had not done anything with it, as I was unsure how to actually hang the carcasses, legs of ham and game birds. In the end the solution was very simple. I used my pin vice drill to drill small holes in the MDF walls and then unravelled a couple of paperclips to give me some metal for pegs and hanging rails which I painted gunmetal and then superglued into the holes.



The game birds and legs of ham were attached to a hanging rail using fusewire. This was wrapped around object and then around rail before holding in place with a drop of superglue.



Lots more photos, links and details on my hobby blog @ https://wargamesbuildings.co.uk/a-street-off-the-aventine/

Offline Freddy

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This is all looking so good!

Offline Freelancer

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Lovely attention to detail. There's even an Ex-leper!

Offline Mellal

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Great new shop, such an inspiration to make our own roman neighbourhood.

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Looks superb!   :-*


Offline Basementboy

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Oh, this is amazing! Really nice stuff :)

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Last night, as part of our project to build a diorama of first century life in Aldborough, our local Roman town, my cousin Richard sent me this evocative illustrations of buildings and daily life in the market place and forum of a first century provincial town in Britain. I like my terrain to be multi-purpose, so it has got me thinking that if we designed a ground floor large gateway module, our Insula shops and buildings could be reconfigured with the shops and market stalls on the inside to represent a provincial forum.

https://wargamesbuildings.co.uk/a-street-off-the-aventine/

 

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