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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Elamite Chariot

Here the Elamite Army for To The Strongest rules, slowly takes shape with addition of 1st Elamite chariot/kallapani cart. this is one of my early Army Painter jobs that was just needing base finished. This is from the 28mm Eureka range with 2 added donkeys. I perhaps should have modelled the yoke to fit over extra donkeys...too late now. This chariot is packed with bowmen. The reliefs show a driver with 3 crew but I do like the packed archers look. The debate is... did they fire from mobile carts or hop off to deliver massive bow fire. Of course both tactics are possible. I will have 3x units of 2 chariots and one unit will be the Foundry Assyrian carts (which can be heavy armed archers). The nobles (mentioned in text) will be Assyrian style heavy chariots as would be likely.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Elamite Army

Keen to see foot print my Elamite army for To The Strongest would take up. This is 131 points with 15cm grid and Impetus unit size in mind. The table is 5 foot 5 inches long and 3 foot. Gives good indication how 6 by 4 foot would be. Seem tight and not much space for terrain. Units are forced into reserve by table width but may be good for tactics etc. With 6 Kallapani Carts and 2 nobles chariots it is going to look good IMHO when finished.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Elamite Cavalry

Ashurbanipal receives messengers at the royal court warning the Elamites are mustering a large army intent on crushing the Assyrians. Ashurpanipal quietly absorbs the news. The master of war has been waiting for this opportunity to once more glorify himself and the nation in battle......He stands up form the throne with fire in his eyes.."Let there be war" Painted up these fine Cavalry quite a few years ago. Will multi base them into units of 5 later for To The Strongest (Impetus sizes as usual). The figures are from Eureka 28mm Elamite range. Some very nice detail on them and go well with Foundry Assyrian range. They could also serve as Babylonians.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Elamite Foot guard

Here is my representation of Elamite guards. I feel it likely that such a unit could appear in NeoElamite armies during the Assyria wars. In reliefs only foot archers appear which were likely to be the majority of the army. I used some of Victrix plastic Carthaginians mainly adding Assyrian style shields and creating some Urartian style helmets which were in use all over the Near East. I chose mixed colours as no actual evidence of clothing colours available for Elamite. Did couple of off white/buff tunic as done by Angus McBride. This unit is the start of my To The Strongest army to face Assyrians. These rules allow nice impetus size units and basing freedom in the grid system.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Pharaoh Smites The Foe

This is Middle Kingdom Egypt. An Amorite scout is captured by Nubian soldiers and brought before the mighty Pharaoh Nebtakara. Here the before the battle lines even join Pharaoh smites the enemy just like the iconic temple scenes. He is a warrior king that few men dare to challenge..... This Pharaoh is a Dark Fable figure with crown added with Green stuff, The short hair guard is Castaway Arts. Victim is also castaway Arts with hair added(Lullubi/Gutian). Rest are Newline Designs recent Old kingdom range with Castaway Arts shields.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Joshua at Jericho

Trumpets blast and the Hebrews roar and the walls come tumbling down. In this scene Joshua raises his sword in triumph as the walls of Jericho come crashing down. All will be put to the sword. No living thing will be left alive. Joshua here is based on the artist Jonny Schumates image. Joshua is heavily converted from Castaway Arts Indian figure applying kilt and armour with Mad Robot Miniatures head. Trumpets are from Castaway Arts colonial range on Hebrew command. Rest figures are Foundry and one Cutting Edge. Very happy with this dramatic base and great fun planning and making. Really enjoyed converting Joshua with Green Stuff.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Actual images from Beni Hassan

Thought I would put in the actual (copies of) the images I was tying to create.