Sunday, 9 February 2020

Back at the Helm. As in Helmet.

Another special  helmet found at Egadi..'...there have been found 2 very fine Montefortino types... with animal crests - along with 4 plain examples.

The first has a reclining cat-like figure ...

  Now the second is shown ,cleaned a bit.

Foto from Archaeology News Network

It reveals itself to be an ornate Roman type a Montefortino with extra ornamentation. A beautiful gryphon head which may be a holder for another fitting - see the mouth.Somehwat resembling later heavily ornamented cavalry helmets or even some infantry officer helmets. The cavalry and officers, especially in Republican times, had plenty of cash to display their status in their equipment.
There are small feather holdrs on the sides too.

This one shares its knob with the Egadi helm.

 A nice report at Archaeology News Network gives details HERE.

Did it fall overboard as the wearer stumbled under a blow or did it find its way into Davy Jones' Locker still attached to his noble head?

You can read a Master's Thesis about the 6 Montefortino helmetsfrom Egadi  HERE

This season has revealed 2 more bronze rostra and a sword ....
.... see RPMN website slide show HERE

You can see video of the recovery operations if you click on this foto.
Click to see video of recovery at TP24 Cultura via Facebook
 You can read more about Egadi under my previous posts or at the RPMN website HERE.

Friday, 7 February 2020


Some time ago I commented about the advances in 3D printing and what was coming down the pike.

Here is a splendid example of what is possible and what is happening..over at My Mini Factory.

A 'bireme' for the tabletop.

Iain Lovecraft has produced files to print this splendid galley at 28mm scale (or, presumably any scale?) fpr just 36 dollars. If you have tried to buy a resin galleyfor 28mm  you will know this is a reasonable price.

Of course, you need a printer, but if a friend has the machine a pint or two will see him right....

Sadly, they do not seem to have any other galleys in thier catalogue. Yet...

Print and assemble.

Heer and now is not the place to discuss how accurate the model is but it is a) glorious and b) perfect for gaming c) something to impress people that ancient war galleys are something to get into!!

You can find Iain Lovecraf'ts model here. ROMAN WARGALLEY BIREME