Friday, 20 May 2022

Xyston 1:600 Galleys For Sale

Firstly, I must apologise for not posting for quite a while now. The reasons are many and varied: 

  • I've undergone an operation on my hand to repair some tendon damage caused by repetitive figure painting so I've been out of action for some time. 
  • I've only really played some bits and pieces games such as WW1 aerial dogfights which don't really write up or photograph well.
  • My wife and I have been spending a lot of time sorting out visas and accommodation for some Ukrainian refugees who, you'll be glad to hear, are now safely staying with us here in the U.K.
One thing I did do, whilst being unable to paint following my operation, was finish rebasing my galley fleets. Now the bases are rectangular (they were pill shaped) and the bases have been resized so that they fit into a single hex on my hex gridded table-top.

Whilst rebasing, I had to decide what to do with with eight Hellenistic trireme galleys gifted to me by Daniel Faulconbridge (editor of Wargames Illustrated). They were painted and based  by the resident painter of Wargames Illustrated for a photo-shoot (issue 289 - Wargaming the Battle of Rhium) that took place here at Olicana H.Q. back in November 2011; they feature in about a dozen shots in that issue.

They are so nicely painted and based (magnetized plastic bases) that I couldn't bring myself to pull them apart but, now they don't fit in with everything else I've got. So, I've decided to sell them.

Eight Xyston 1:600 Hellenistic galleys.....
....with a fairly 'interesting history' to boot.....
....and featuring detachable heavy gauge brass masts (these are something mine don't have - and I wish that I'd thought of doing mine this way).

Selling price (no offers): £90 including package and postage (within UK). 

Payment method: Bank transfer or PayPal only.

First come first served: Contact me by email to express an interest at

(IMPORTANT NOTE. This email is not my PayPal address, so no jumping the gun).


Elenderil said...

Glad to hear that you are back up and blogging. Hopefully the op was successful and you haven't lost your painting mojo, although some cutting back on numbers sounds to be the thing to do.

Our Ukrainian guests became irritated by the time it was taking to get visas granted and have decided to go elsewhere in the EU. So we are back to square one looking for someone to sponsor! Out of interest how do your guests feel about your hobby given that they are fleeing a real war zone? It is something which caused me some concern, I don't want to come across as some kind of war glorifying nutcase...nutcase I can probably live with it's the other bit that worries me.

David said...

Sorry to hear about the hand damage; hope it is recovering quickly now after the operation. I'm sure I'm not the only one to have missed your very aesthetically pleasing posts with so many attractive pictures of your splendid armies.

Well done for giving a refuge to some Ukrainians too.



Chris Hahn said...

JR -
Good to see you back online. Sorry to read about your hand problem, but good to note that you're on the mend. Kudos to you and your better half for assisting the refugees from the current international crisis. Setting a standard again that many would do well to imitate.




Refugees having to wait for weeks for visas is a joke. Another case of the government telling everyone how good it is whilst underhandedly making the actual process so difficult and lengthy that it puts the refugees off coming here - an absolute disgrace.

We started the process with ours in mid March and they finally got everything sorted in early May. The process was ridiculously tortuous, especially as the two year old (arrived on his third birthday) didn't have his own passport (though he was on his mum's): this involved them having to make their way to the British embassy in Warsaw to have him biometrically checked and photographed before visa would be issued - then long delays afterwards in any event. In the end we had to get our MP to intervene with the Home Office directly - without his help I doubt they would be here yet.

Individuals and 'kid's stuff' companies here in the UK have been very generous. The latter in providing clothes, toddler bed, pushchair and toys with which to get them settled in and started. Our refugees arrived with a single suitcase and a couple of carrier bags. We haven't had a toddler about the place for more than a decade so had nothing 'in house' to help them, so these were a godsend.

As for my hobby, they know I paint toy soldiers for a living. It's not a problem; possibly because I don't speak Ukrainian, they don't English and I can't bore them to death with hobby related stuff. Most conversations (using translation aps) are of a practical nature.

Lasgunpacker said...

Good on you for hosting the refugees. Sadly not an option here in the US, as we are both too far away, and too ridden with nativists.

Hope your hand gets back to 100% soon.