The Lighthouse of Alexandria
A Ptolemaic BUA scratch-built by Paul A. Hannah of
Seattle. I built the model over a two-week period. The tower is
made of poster-board, index-card, and paper. Bits of brass rods surround the
"fire", a pair of 1.5 volt lamps and a wee scrap of crumpled foil. The
surrounding, low-rise structure is balsa and cardboard, and all mounted on
square of soft pinewood. A 6mm hoplite command figure stands atop the tower as a
bronze of "Poseidon".
Here, a 15mm Ptolemaic 3Kn (Gen) element helps give a sense of
the scale of the model,
which is approximately 1:600.
For game purposes, I believe the BUA, positioned as it is on "Pharos Island",
in the Waterway, is legal. Although, it can only be attacked by a single element
(at the causeway), most Ptolemaic armies can only deploy elements in it that are
little better than denizens. Artillery can certainly engage it from the
shoreline. In the Lighthouse's debut on the game table, I lost it (and its 4Ax
defenders) on the very first bound to Richard Shagrin, who took it with Seleucid
pikes. --No attempt at some piece of "magic bullet" terrain here, and (because
some might object), I probably wouldn't use it in a tourney.
For more info, such as there is, on the Lighthouse of Alexandria, here is
one of several
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