Since the latest recruit to my family ranks arrived, I’ve obviously been a bit occupied with non-hobby related things. But I’ve still managed to sneak in a bit of nerdiness here and there, in spite of an overall focus on combining full time work with diaper changing, sleepless nights and the general joy and exhaustion that an infant baby brings to a household.
And since I’m currently heavily into the domestic side of things, why not get some work done on my Baccus 6mm civilians? All those Hoplites (not to mention the upcoming Persians) need something to ravage, after all – and besides, I’ve always enjoyed building terrain and “setting the scene” on the tabletop.
So here we are in rural Greece, some time in the fifth century BC. This sleepy little hamlet is a peaceful oasis in these violent times; wheat fields swaying in a gentle breeze, the nearby river tranquilly rippling in the background, sheep braying in the distance…
…a couple of slaves carrying heavy loads of goods into town, sweating in the burning sun and cursing in Barbarian. The epitome of quiet rural life, indeed!
And while slaves perform the heavy work the citizens are mainly standing around, chatting about everyday affairs – discussing the price of sheep and wheat perhaps, or the ongoing Peloponnesian invasion and the plague that is currently devastating Athens.
No sign of such horrors there, though. The oxen are safely tucked away in their pen…
…while the sheep graze freely by the river, tended by fair shepherdesses and young children (one can almost hear Beethoven‘s 6th symphony in the background, right?).
And now the the cattle can be seen coming down to the river to drink before crossing the ford, seeking the safer pastures close to town as the sun slowly sets behind the Cithaeron mountains.
In other words: another day in the life of the ordinary, countryside citizen. One could almost believe that there’s no war going on here. But I’m having great fun regardless; perhaps I should just switch from wargaming to model railways and be done with it?