Pictures of Characters from The Ophagy

I normally search the Internet for pictures to help bring the characters to life, but today I’ve been at the British Museum (aka “The Amazing Building Of Stuff We Found In Other Peoples’ Back Yards, Plus A Bit Of Stuff That’s Actually From Here”). I did the top floor (Greece, Rome, Egypt, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval) and then had to cherry pick the enormous ground floor (with some excellent Assyrian exhibits plus more Egypt, Rome and Greece, including Mycenaean).

Anyway… I was in there for 6 hours & had to leave due to exhaustion. I wasn’t particularly snap happy but the pics I did take were quite biased towards a certain Greek story I’ve been writing.

First up is Sastrios the Satyr

Amykos the Centaur (in the act of bopping someone)
Ra in his Sun Barge!
Galapera (it’s very hard to find a decent representation of an older woman in ancient art)
Galapera has given Nadina the nymph something more appropriate to wear than Micon’s scruffy old cloak. Maybe it’s like this? Now imagine her holding a bloody great spear too. And a war helmet.
A small statuette wearing a Corinthian style helmet (my preferred version of the one taken from Ares)
A real Corinthian war helmet
Hera on her throne. Apparently, she has a thing for peacocks. I didn’t know that.
Dionysus. He is often represented as a youth, as here, but people sometimes imagine him as a hairier, lairier, podgier older chap. He’s got an interesting thing going on here with grapes and vines as hair accessories.
This image of a centaur grabbing a man by the neck (part of the Parthenon frieze) was something I drew from a photo in a book back when I was about 10. It was quite nice to see the original in real life.

I will crack on with more of The Ophagy soon. Honest. I’ve got the next chapter in the bag and another that needs fleshing out a bit more. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Me. Knackered after six hours of awesome gawping in the British Museum. Apparently, in November they’re having a special exhibition on Troy. I might have to go back…

15 thoughts on “Pictures of Characters from The Ophagy

  1. Fab pics! Must have given you loads of ideas for your book. Looking forward to the next chapter… hurry up ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. I would love to see that museum, Nick. I should probably hit the one in Portland Oregon (an hour away) first. That was pretty fun seeing the characters in the story. A fun but exhausting day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I can’t believe I’ve never been to it before, it’s full of such amazing things. The Assyrian items are probably the most impressive but there’s also incredible large Egyptian pieces. I guess ideally you need to do it over several days – I never even got to think about seeing anything from sub-Saharan Africa, or Asia, or America!
      Lots of overseas tourists (probably outnumbered Brits by at least 2:1). I got to see the Parthenon friezes (aka The Elgin Marbles), the Rosetta Stone, various Egyptian mummies, the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon hoard, the Isle of Lewis Chessmen and loads of exquisite ancient art & treasure. And the only pictures I took were of my characters! ๐Ÿคฃ

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    1. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜Š I was hoping to do some more writing this evening but have ended up finishing a PowerPoint presentation for work instead. Doh! Tomorrow night, I’ll try & get back to our Ancient Greek chums ๐Ÿ˜

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