Sunday, March 12, 2017

Warhammer Ancients Chariot Wars: Syrian Levy Archers

A quick post tonight regarding a little progress made this month on my Biblical collection: a regiment of levy archers from one of the city states which my Hittite Warlord has incorporated into his domains...
Not exactly mountains of reference material out there for Syrian/Canaanite dress.  There is some evidence for the Syrians being partial to polka dots, however, so I used that as a theme on some of these guys.
If anybody can recommend a good reference on this subject besides the little bit of Osprey stuff that's out there, I'd be grateful...
A hazy sort of plan is starting to take shape for what I'd like to do with my Hittite army this year.  I'd like to finish one Hittite infantry regiment, one squadron of Hittite heavy chariots, a Syrian-Hyksos allied infantry regiment, a few Arab-Hyksos skirmishers and a general.
That stuff combined with the Syrian levies I've got painted so far should give me a compact but interestingly varied little starter army.  Then I'll get to work on some Egyptians in the annum's second half.
The miniatures are again Ral Partha pieces from the 90s, part of a large collection I picked up very cheap at Enfilade 2 years ago.
Most of the infantry figures are still available from Iron Wind Metals.
Long way to go, but I'm enjoying working on these fellows.  More soon.
From tiny acorns...


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    1. Thanks, Gordon! Still not super comfortable painting my Biblicals yet, but hopefully I'll get the hang of it with some more practice.

  2. Wonderful, absolutly wonderful!

  3. Thanks for the kind comment, Phil! That's very encouraging!

  4. Considering they are all of the same pose, you did a great job of varying the clothing to be different but not glaringly contradictory. Hard to do and does take a careful color selection. Well done.
    I missed the fact they were exactly the same at first look.

    1. Thanks, Doug! By the time I'd finished the unit, I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. Sine then I've decided that I do. Of course, kind comments like this help.

  5. I love 'em, Mr. Mouse. They colours are so clean, the patterns so distinct and the palette so mellow. Top drawer!

    1. Thanks very much, Matthew! Just now reading the comments from yourself and Doug, it occurs to me that the colors I used on these guys were the colors I saw on my travels in Iraq and Afghanistan. I didn't think of that while I was painting them but now, suddenly, its very obvious to me. These Partha sculpts are very nice, too. That helps a lot.