After a full gestation period of just over nine months, the result is Antiocheia Mikros (or 'Little Antioch'). A series of 15mm scale buildings inspired by Syria in the first century BC. I am sure that I'll add more structures to the collection as time goes on, but what I currently have is more than enough to cover a 2'x2' playing table - if I use everything, it makes for a very densely populated domestic area.
We'll start with the domestic structures. I wanted my city to show a mix of Hellenised and indigenous styles and so used a mix of tiled, pitched roofs and more traditional flat roofs. This adds variability to the look, allows the creation - through careful placement - of 'Greek' quarters and 'Syrian' quarters if so wished. As traversing flat and pitched roofs are dealt with differently in the game, it also adds to the flavour that way.
|A small 'Greek' house with enclosed yard space|
|A larger 'Greek' house with colonnaded courtyard|
|A small insula or apartment|
|A generic block house which can serve as a free standing single room house, an annex or an upper story on other buildings|
|A Jewish house with colonnaded courtyard. This structure was inspired by one of the synagogues from Dura-Europos|
|Another basic house with annex and a ladder allowing easy roof access|
|A basic L-shaped house|
|A basic house with annex and enclosed yard space|
|A larger insula - probably shown with too many windows...|
|A two-storey house with stairs - very loosely inspired by a favourite dig-house in Syria|
|Another two-story house with external stairs|
|The Green Oar tavern|
Next, we come to the paved plazas and open spaces. These can be used as a block of 'tricky terrain', imagining them to be cluttered with more goods and traders, or as just an open space with a pile of tricky terrain/cover in set places.
|Basic open square with goods cluttering up one corner|
|Plaza with victory trophies and fruit market|
Finally we come to the civic structures. Antioch was known for its abundant fountain houses and the availability of sweet waters so I felt obliged to make one up for my suburb. Luckily, I was able to use the plan of the nymphaion at Magdala as inspiration. The temple, dedicated to Apollo, is loosely based on the Seleukid vernacular style known from Ai Khanoum, Dura Europos and Jebel Khalid, which combined a Hellenic veneer with a Semitic ground plan. The temenos (precinct) should, in all honesty, be somewhat larger (at least twice as big) but the foot print on the table is already quite dominating so I had to make concessions.
|The source of the sweet waters of Antiocheia Mikros|
|The temple of Apollo within its temenos with altar and storage room - the temple pediments show Apollo watching over a centauromachy scene on the front, and Apollo with his hunting hounds at the rear|