Troy (28 SEPT )
TROY Update 27 SEPT. The first of the Trojan War figures, should be available in December.
The Trojan War will be a huge project, and of course all the main protagonists, will be produced, including Helen, Priam, and Aeneus, as well as most of the main allied contingents.
Traditionally, the Trojan War arose from a sequence of events beginning with a quarrel between the goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Eris the goddess of discord, was not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, and so arrived bearing a gift. A golden apple, inscribed “for the fairest”.
Each of the goddesses claimed to be the “fairest”, and the rightful owner of the apple. They submitted the judgement to a shepherd they encountered tending his flock. Each of the goddesses promised the young man a boon in return for his favour. Power, wisdom, or love. The youth, in fact Paris, a Trojan prince who had been raised in the countryside, chose love, and awarded the apple to Aphrodite.
In Greek mythology Hector was a Trojan prince and the greatest warrior for Troy in the Trojan War. He acted as a leader of the Trojans and their allies in the defence of Troy, killing countless Greek warriors.
ACHILLES above and below
Achilles’ most notable feat during the Trojan War was the slaying of the Trojan prince Hector, outside the gates of Troy.
The Homeric epic only covers a few weeks of the decade-long war, and does not narrate Achilles’ death.
Hector stripped Patroclus’ of Achilles armour, and a fierce fight developed on the battlefield over the body. Menelaus and Ajax fought valiantly to protect Patroclus’ corpse, and Achilles was finally able to retrieve the body.
According to legend, in return for awarding her a golden apple inscribed “to the fairest”, Aphrodite promised Paris the most beautiful woman in all the world.
He and Odysseus were the only Achaean heroes who participated in covert military operations that demanded discipline, bravery, courage, cunning and resourcefulness.
AJAX THE GREAT
In the Iliad, Ajax is notable for his abundant strength and courage, and was chosen by lot to meet Hector in a duel which lasts most of a whole day. The encounter ended in a draw, with Ajax presenting Hector with a purple sash and Hector giving Ajax his silver sword.
There will to be chariots!
Paris was the son of king Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy.
In Homer’s Iliad, Pandarus is a renowned archer and the son of Lycaon. He fought on the side of Troy in the Trojan War and led a contingent from Zeleia.
Glaucus, the son of Hippolochos, accompanied Sarpedon to Troy along with his troops from Xanthos. Himself a prominent warrior, Glaucus meets the Greek hero Diomedes on the battlefield, who is leading the Greek forces with the help of the goddess Athena. Glaucus and Diomedes exchange words and upon learning about each other's ancestry, the two warriors decide to not fight each other despite being on opposing sides. Coincidentally both their grandfathers shared a bond of friendship in the past. They continue the tradition of friendship by giving each other their own armour as a gift and part ways as friends.
There will be Trojan archers to defend the Walls of Troy.
TROY or ILION was an ancient city, known as the setting for the Greek myth of the Trojan War.
Until the late 19th century, modern scholars regarded the Trojan War as entirely fictional. In 1871, Heinrich Schliemann and Frank Calvert excavated the site believed to be Troy. Several layers excavated resembled the literary depictions of Troy, leading some scholars to conclude that there is a kernel of truth to the legends. Although Schliemann’s legacy remains controversial due to his excavation methods, which included dynamiting layers he considered insignificant.
The Scaean Gate
Straight wall section
The eastern or Dardanian Gateway
The eastern walls of Troy were reinforced by towers. One of these massive bastion at the north eastern corner was built to defend a well, which was one of the main water supplies, the other was to reinforce the city’s main entrance the Scaean Gate.
The images below are drawing by John Jenkins showing his designs for future figures in this new series.