Author Topic: Ye Gods! An Olympian Appreciation  (Read 949 times)

Offline Macruran

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Re: Ye Gods! An Olympian Appreciation
« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2021, 05:08:45 »
Next we have Poseidon! (known on the Italian peninsula as Neptune!)



Not a lot to say about this guy, because apart from the different colored beard and hair, and the toga in place of the cape, Poseidon here is IDENTICAL with the Zeus klicky. Now I understand the intention of emphasizing the close relationship between these two, but it seems to me a slight variation wouldn't have gone amiss. How about a curved meander at the tunic hem, to represent the sea and contrast with the square meander that Zeus has? To be fair it is a strong design that clearly says "high ranking Greek god", so I can't be too harsh, but...



Another similarity with Zeus is that some of Poseidon's totem animals appear to be inaccurate. The red fish is (I am assured by a fishknower) a butterflyfish, of the Chaetodontidae, and the blue one is an angelfish of the Pomacanthidae. As far as my research reveals these tropical fish are like the bald eagle FOREIGN to the eastern Mediterranean, barring some very recent immigrants who have found their way through the Suez Canal. Obviously this canal didn't exist during classical Greek times  - even its name indicates this, being "Zeus" backwards! So these fish could not have been associated with Poseidon at that time. Really PM, how could you get this wrong? He does get a clam and a seahorse but why not a dolphin in place of the fish? The dolphin was much more strongly associated with Poseidon than any other fish I can think of.  Anyway I am ordering a dolphin right now to correct this grave oversight, as I have corrected the eagle oversight with Zeus. HARRUMPH  :no:

Minor note: my klicky had a manufacturing defect on his left wrist:



That's it for this good-looking but slightly disappointing god!


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Re: Ye Gods! An Olympian Appreciation
« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2021, 08:04:52 »
Great review, Maccy! I especially liked the Clash of the Tritons at the end! :lol:

Heirs-apparent in France were known as Dolphins for many years.
At that moment the ship suddenly stopped rocking and swaying, the engine pitch settled down to a gentle hum. 'Hey Ford.' said Zaphod, 'that sounds good. Have you worked out the controls on this boat?' 'No,' said Ford, 'I just stopped fiddling with them.' (With thanks to Douglas Adams)

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Re: Ye Gods! An Olympian Appreciation
« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2021, 09:40:35 »
The sets just came out on the Canadian website and I'm very pleased with how they turned out.
Such a great theme that still has a lot of untapped potential like mythical creatures and many more characters.
Perseus vs the Gorgon anyone?

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Re: Ye Gods! An Olympian Appreciation
« Reply #23 on: July 20, 2021, 09:19:58 »
Heirs-apparent in France were known as Dolphins for many years.

Ba-da-dum, ching!  :lol: