"Melanippe, navarch of Asteria, here presents her research so all that has happened to the Valkae Amazons might not fade from memory. May the deeds of the Amazons and the barbarian nations of men be sung, as well as the causes that led them to make war upon one another."- Melanippe, The Histories of Valkae… Continue reading Mapping Valkae, Part One
With the launch of Talomir Tales - Piathoe's Peaks, some of you may be wondering where are Piathoe's Peaks? Piathoe's Peaks is one of three mountain ranges on the island of Valkae, home of the Amazons. The largest mountain range is the Slumbering Dragons, a large impassable range of mountains that run east to west… Continue reading Where Are Piathoe’s Peaks?
The Talomir Tales series are adventures set in different parts of Talomir, the fantasy world featured in Two Hour Wargames fantasy games. Click on the link for more information. I will be shamelessly plugging these books.
Of all of the reasons for the hostilities between Asteria and Nica, the chief reason was fear. The Nycenaeans were fearful Asteria, with its democracy, would allow men to live freely among them, something repugnant to their Amazon sensibilities. - Menalippe, "The History of the Valkae" Asteria is a land divided by a range… Continue reading Battle for the Southern Pass
For Amazons, pitiless battle and horsemanship and all tasks done by men are a delight from birth. This is obviously why they have always shown a warlike spirit and feel no need for men, because the work of war greatly strengthens their courage and makes their bodies fearless. -- Quintus of Smyrna, "The War at… Continue reading Rough Going
The Nycenaean Camp "General Callidora, ma'am," said the young adjutant entering the tent. "Yes, Leto, what do you report?" "The spies have returned from the Asterian camp. They were not expecting us this far south. Their army is smaller than ours, they have fewer heavy infantry and most of it is unarmored. The enemy has… Continue reading Night Before Battle
Painting Like a Mad Woman In just three weeks I will play a Rally Round the King (RRtK) game pitting two Amazon armies against one another. It's an opportune time to add a few units to the two armies. So I'm going to spend a little time painting nothing but Amazons. What many of you may not… Continue reading Painting with the Floozy, Part 1
Note: This post contains photos of nude miniatures. They aren't Barbie doll naked, they are naked naked. Nymphs are female nature deities found throughout the wilds of Talomir. They are often the daughters of gods and mortals, but some were formed from nature herself. Nymphs live in places of wonder: springs, caves, forest groves, and ocean… Continue reading Menalippe’s Bestiary – Nymphs
According to legend, the ant people, or Mrymidons, are descended from one of the old gods who had taken the form of an ant to enter the bed chamber of a princess. They originally inhabited the southern plain of Nycenae. Two hundred years ago, the Valkae Amazons had subjugated the Mrymidons. The Mrymidons left the… Continue reading Revolt of the Ant People
The winters on Valkae were mild compared to the northern lands that lay across the Kimean Sea. Yet, the blizzards in far Mirholme paled in comparison to the sheet of ice that had developed between Hippothoe and Brisia. The comradery among the eight gladiatrices from Asteria was in many ways broken. In late November, a… Continue reading Slip, Slip, Slidin’ Away
It was a cold winter morning as two young women hurried down the road. The frost crunched under their footsteps. Their breaths were clouds of steam quickly dissipating into the frigid air. A thin sliver of light appeared behind them heralding the rising sun in his chariot. Ahead of them, perhaps over the next rise,… Continue reading Recruiting Day – Part One
Lady Hecate of Nica commanded the forces occupying the fertile plains between the double bends of the Planetakore ("Wandering Maiden") River. The plains had been won from a battle fought earlier in the year between the armies of Asteria & Nica. The battle had dealt a severe blow to the Asterians. Much of their army… Continue reading A Valley Too Far