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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Where is all you angels

 
Now the figureheads have fell?
 
 

You're probably wondering what the splendid, if semi-literate lyrics of New Romantic yacht-sailing fops Duran Duran and a load of S Range Woodland Indians have to do with Ancient Wargaming.  The rather eliptical answer is to be found in the film The Eagle (which I watched again last night - and damned wonderful it is too, from the scythed chariot of the wild-eyed druid to English actor Mark Strong's excellent decsion to affect a New York accent to play a Celtic Roman legionary).

The film's star turns are the "Warriors of  The Seal People". These blue-faced, fur clad, Mohican sporting, tooth-necklaced bedecked young chaps always put me in mind of the Wild Boys from the Duran Duran video (Though the chief looks more like a drug-addled escapee from Trainspotting)

Leaving aside the Vivienne Westwood/ Irvine Welsh touches, the other thing that is plain to see is that The Seal People owe quite a debt to the Iroquois and other North American Woodland Indians. The figures above might easily be converted into Seal People. And don't think I'm not tempted.

5 comments:

  1. I haven't seen the movie - though I rather like Mark Strong. Could the Mohican celts be a tip of the hat to RE Howard's Picts? They were American Indians by another name.

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    1. The Eagle is topclass - even Jamie Bell manages not to be too irritating. I'm not sure about the influence of Ron E Howard. I haven't read the original Eagle of the 9th since I was ten - It could be the Seal People feature in it and are described as looking like they do in the film - ie like a Glaswegian remake of Mad Max 3: Beyond the Thunderdome. Whatever, they are jolly scary.

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  2. Semi-literate is being kind to DD.... BTW, did you get my email, not sure if i have your current address...?

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    1. Smell like I sound I'm lost in the crowd and I'm hungry like the wolf...Pure poetry. Yes got the email thanks indeed. Have replied.

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  3. Going to have to check this out. Had't realized it was based on the Eagle of the 9th.

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