Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Of Gods and Mortals... and Toys

Santa kindly brought me a copy of Osprey's Of Gods and Mortals mythological wargames rules for Xmas, and inbetween bouts of painting my first Donnybrook figures I had a proper look at the rulebook. I am really quite intrigued by the game now, it requires very few miniatures and should be a lot of fun being written by Andrea Sfiligio (of the Songs of... series fame).

Games require about 16 to 20 miniature a side, one God figure, up to five Legends (heroes, monsters etc) and some Mortals (the foot soldiers of the gods, these can be historical or mythically based so a Greek force led by Apollo could have Hoplites and/or Centaurs in it).

I have to confess I was put off by the price of the official North Star figures, I know you only need one God, but £15 a pop is a bit beyond my comfort zone (I do wonder if this is why the game does not appear to have taken off like IHMN and Ronin as the subject matter is such that is should prove popular). However I have a solution...

A few years back I picked up a number of the Plastoy Egyptian God figures whilst in Paris (they are still available, I even found them on Amazon so you don't need to go to France!). Whilst not very dynamic, they are pretty imposing next to a 28mm figure and would paint up nice enough.

Plastoy do some very useful stuff if you fancy trying OGAM on the cheap, a tube of Mythological figures contains all this...

And they do a nice Hydra with Hercules...

Other potential gods can be found in other toy ranges. The old Elastolin 70mm Celts and Vikings for example...

The game only has Pantheons (army lists) for Celts, Egyptians, Greek and Norse gods, but it should be quire easy to create new ones. I quite fancy the idea of a Roman force led by Mithras and the idea of something Oriental appeals...

Overall, the potential of this game is huge and hopefully gamers will start to think beyond the official line and look at what could be done with it, using some of their historical figures with a few fantasy ones.


  1. Interesting idea. I've been thinking of building my own force with some old Dwarves I have in my Spares box. I like the idea of oGaM but the cost of some of the official miniatures is a little too steep for starting a new project.

    Good luck with yours.


  2. All of the Songs of rules are excellent as you can tune them to your own figure collection. As far as I can tell, you only need the one out of scale figure for the god, so it shouldn't be to difficult to find one...

  3. There are three new pantheon lists on the Osprey resources page for downloading



  4. Let us know what you think of the rules when you've had a game.