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Monday, June 18, 2012

Charioteer: Green chariot

Here's the first my chariots by Two Hour Wargames for their game "Charioteer." After painting this one, I'm wondering if I should have got more; this one was fun to paint -- small and intricate, but fun.

This one is the "green" team's chariot. In ancient Roman chariot racing, there were four factions, all named by color: The Reds, Blues, Greens and Whites. (In fact, THW's chariot minis are cast in those colors- I simply chose to paint mine.)

According to the author Marcus Junklemann, the Blues and Greens were the main factions, while the reds and whites were subsidiary teams. When the races were run, each team would field the same number of chariots, so there would be 4, 8 or 12 chariots racing. (Though, Junklemann mentions Greek rules were used int he East in which anyone who could afford a chariot and horses could race without the support of a faction. (Hmm, maybe I better see about getting three more chariots, so I can do some team racing? No biggie, I'll be racing in the east for now.)

I will paint the remainder of my chariots in the other faction colors (Red, Blue and White are left over.) I'll paint the fifth chariot in purple; when my friends and I play games, each of us have our favorite color, and one of them likes purple (another likes Blue, and I like Red to honor my hero Tom Servo.)

A quick note: After weeks of painting 54mm figures, there was absolutely no needing to get used to painting something much smaller. I just went right to it with no problems. I look forward to painting the remainder of these (and hopefully getting a few more from Ed so I can eventually field 8 teams.)

I might MIGHT do a piece of terrain for the track, but no promises. The game actually doesn't use a full track (in the traditional sense.) I'll explain more once I get all these chariots painted up (A review over at Boardgame Geek does a good job of explaining how the game works if you don't want to wait for me.)

Then off to play a few games of Charioteer!


  1. Very cool, I love the final result. GO GREENS!

  2. Very nice! What manufacturer is the chariot miniature from?

    1. I'm not sure who actually makes them, but I got it direct from Two Hour Wargames. I bet Ed (at Two Hour Wargames) would tell you where he got his from if you asked him.
      Just ask him if he has any chariots available like those you saw on "Carmen's blog." He'll know what you mean :)