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Author Topic: The Thread of Middle-Earth by Hammers  (Read 24390 times)

Offline Spinal Tap

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Re: The Thread of Middle-Earth by Hammers
« Reply #165 on: December 02, 2023, 06:26:55 AM »
Just spent a pleasant 30 minutes going through this thread from page 1. Such amazing work in both terrain and miniatures.

Your attention to detail is outstanding; I will try to apply myself more to this aspect in the future.

Thank you for the inspiration.

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Re: The Thread of Middle-Earth by Hammers
« Reply #166 on: December 02, 2023, 08:42:51 AM »
Same. What an inspirational thread, especially the buildings. I love the thought that's gone into each piece. The hunting lodge and critters (including a white hart!) is especially beautiful.

I agree with you that Tolkien was more than likely influenced by the Barbary Corsairs when he created the Corsairs of Umbar (especially given their location in the not-Mediterranean of Middle-earth). Although, I think as a kid I maybe imagined them as the pirates from Asterix! Fingers crossed that there's a ship for these scallywags in the offing.

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Re: The Thread of Middle-Earth by Hammers
« Reply #167 on: December 02, 2023, 12:31:41 PM »
Just spent a pleasant 30 minutes going through this thread from page 1. Such amazing work in both terrain and miniatures.

Your attention to detail is outstanding; I will try to apply myself more to this aspect in the future.

Thank you for the inspiration.

You are most kind for saying so. There's more coming.

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Re: The Thread of Middle-Earth by Hammers
« Reply #168 on: December 02, 2023, 12:39:34 PM »
Same. What an inspirational thread, especially the buildings. I love the thought that's gone into each piece. The hunting lodge and critters (including a white hart!) is especially beautiful.

I agree with you that Tolkien was more than likely influenced by the Barbary Corsairs when he created the Corsairs of Umbar (especially given their location in the not-Mediterranean of Middle-earth). Although, I think as a kid I maybe imagined them as the pirates from Asterix! Fingers crossed that there's a ship for these scallywags in the offing.

Thank you.

A huge Umbarean, black sail'd corsair dromon with oodles of slave manned oars beset by Gondorian war cogs brimming with Pelargir and Linhir marines is an old wargames dream scenario of mine. Being a navy man myself, I have researched the topic quite a bit.
« Last Edit: December 02, 2023, 12:47:06 PM by Hammers »

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Re: The Thread of Middle-Earth by Hammers
« Reply #169 on: December 02, 2023, 06:35:58 PM »
Cool stuff.

I always imagined the Gondor navy as Byzantine Dromons. 


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Re: The Thread of Middle-Earth by Hammers
« Reply #170 on: December 02, 2023, 07:41:47 PM »
I dromunds are specifically mentioned in the Lord of the Rings, being the ships of the corsairs. Gondor would most likely have some such galley types of ships to.

Going all nerd boy on you, the Numenorean Alcarondas, the flag ship of Ar-Pharazon seems to have been primarily a sailing ship.
 

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Re: The Thread of Middle-Earth by Hammers
« Reply #171 on: December 03, 2023, 09:56:24 AM »
A huge Umbarean, black sail'd corsair dromon with oodles of slave manned oars beset by Gondorian war cogs brimming with Pelargir and Linhir marines is an old wargames dream scenario of mine. Being a navy man myself, I have researched the topic quite a bit.

Now that would be truly epic! Fingers crossed that it can become a reality.

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Re: The Thread of Middle-Earth by Hammers
« Reply #172 on: December 03, 2023, 06:12:19 PM »
Apart from the barbary coast corsair era I always assumed the Vandal Kingdom a thousand years earlier was a huge inspiration to Tolkien.
Vandals, Alans and local berbers gone viking, raiding even Rome from their base in Carthage. That stuff personally pushes all my nerd buttons.
It's pretty hard to find information on that though but I imagine my corsairs as Numidians and moorish berbers in late roman/byzantine gear and ships.
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Re: The Thread of Middle-Earth by Hammers
« Reply #173 on: December 03, 2023, 07:47:14 PM »
Apart from the barbary coast corsair era I always assumed the Vandal Kingdom a thousand years earlier was a huge inspiration to Tolkien.
Vandals, Alans and local berbers gone viking, raiding even Rome from their base in Carthage. That stuff personally pushes all my nerd buttons.
It's pretty hard to find information on that though but I imagine my corsairs as Numidians and moorish berbers in late roman/byzantine gear and ships.

Interesting. I see the upper strata of Umbar society, admirals, captains of the larger vessels from Umbar, leaders of important merchant houses, as men of mixed Numenorean decent gone native. Dromunds are manned by mercenary marines in light armour and are rowed by slaves of mixed origin.

 

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