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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Palestinian Clubmen

Finding the Palmyrene army drawn up before Emisa, amounting to seventy thousand men, consisting of Palmyrenes and their allies, he (Aurelian) opposed to them the Dalmatian cavalry, the Moesians and Pannonians, and the Celtic legions of Noricum and Rhaetia, and besides these the choicest of the imperial regiment selected man by man, the Mauritanian horse, the Tyaneans, the Mesopotamians, the Syrians, the Phoenicians, and the Palestinians, all men of acknowledged valour; the Palestinians besides other arms wielding clubs and staves. 

At the commencement of the engagement, the Roman cavalry receded, lest the Palmyrenes, who exceeded them in number, and were better horsemen, should by some stratagem surround the Roman army. But the Palmyrene cavalry pursued them so fiercely, though their ranks were broken, that the event was quite contrary to the expectation of the Roman cavalry. For they were |27 pursued by an enemy much their superior in strength, and therefore most of them fell. The foot had to bear the brunt of the action. Observing that the Palmyrenes had broken their ranks when the horse commenced their pursuit, they wheeled about, and attacked them while they were scattered and out of order. 

Upon which many were killed, because the one side fought with the usual weapons, while those of Palestine brought clubs and staves against coats of mail made of iron and brass. The Palmyrenes therefore ran away with the utmost precipitation, and in their flight trod each other to pieces, as if the enemy did not make sufficient slaughter; the field was filled with dead men and horses, whilst the few that could escape took refuge in the city.

Zosimus, New History. London: Green and Chaplin (1814). Book 1, 26-27

I bought these Palestinian Clubmen and three blisters of legionaries from the A&A miniatures Middle Imperial Roman range at the second hand stall at Wintercon in Canberra recently. I've been meaning to start a Middle Imperial Roman army for some time but at $15AUD a blister these were almost half price and impossible to resist! The ruined temple in the photos is by Scotia Grendel and the palm trees are by Fernvale Scenics.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Spartan Hoplites

After my last post on Greek Hoplites I thought I add a related post on the Immortal Miniatures plastic Spartan Hoplites. I painted these late last year and also wrote a short review on the box set which might interest anyone thinking about getting these figures. The musician is an Old Glory figure.

Both the Spartan and Classical Greek Hoplites sprues are based on the earlier Ancient Greek Hoplite sprues but with different heads and torsos. The Spartan box has parts for twenty four complete figures; plastic bases; thirty water slide transfers with lambdas in both black, red and white;and a booklet on Spartan Hoplites.

There are thirty two torsos in total but nine of these have long hair on the linothorax (linen cuirass) which means there are twenty three figures that can be equipped with Pilos helmets and are suitable for the Peloponnesian War or later. Thirteen are armoured with a mix of linen cuirass and bronze muscle cuirass and the remaining ten figures are unarmoured. In summary theses are great figures that are easy to assemble and paint and making a tough looking phalanx of Spartan Hoplites with great over the arm poses.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Greek Hoplites

Above are photos of the real thing - Greek Hoplite helmets, butt spikes and spear heads at the museum in Delphi.
Below are units of Greek Hoplites that are a real mix of figures - Tin Soldier, Essex, Foundry, Vendel, Black Tree Designs, Xyston, Hinchliffe and Minifigs! Most of the first two units were painted by Col Jones and the rest are by me.

Friday, 17 June 2011


Here are a few photos of some Cutting Edge Miniatures Sumerians I painted earlier in the year. A  new but brilliant range of Biblical figures sculpted by Ebob. They are quite slight figures but incredibly detailed and mix really well with the Foundry biblical ranges. Cutting Edge are bringing out a complete biblical range and at the moment are doing Hittites with Egyptians to follow, see Cutting Edge Miniatures.

This unit are the Royal Guard of the Sumerian city of Lagash. Eannatum, was the king of Lagash and the victory stele, the Stele of Vultures c.2500-2400 B.C. now in the Louvre, depicts his conquests and is the oldest known historical document. I'm painting two Sumerian armies one is the army of  Lagash and the other is the army of Ur. The famous Standard of Ur now in the British museum, has a war panel which shows the appearance and equipment of the soldiers of Ur. A great yarn and interesting background material on this early period of Sumerian history can be found in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

I'm going to start adding posts with photos of interesting historical sites we visited in Italy, Greece and Egypt (like the one on Mycenae) as I think people may find this interesting, especially if they haven't had the chance to visit these places themselves...

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Ramses II and his New Kingdom Egyptian Army

At the foot of a statue of Ramses II in the Ramesseum, Luxor Egypt.
Here are some new photos of the New Kingdom Egyptian Army of Ramses II. One of the chariots and sixteen of the archers are HCH painted (Tin Soldier), the rest are painted by me. Figures are Black Tree Designs, Foundry, Old Glory, Amazon Miniatures, Newline, Tin Soldier, Essex and Xyston (Ramses).

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Mycenaean Chariot

Here are a few photos of an Eureka Mycenaean chariot and two Foundry chariot runners I painted a few years ago. The warrior in the chariot wears the famous Dendra armour c.1400 BC named after the site of its discovery. This armour consists of bronze plates attached with leather thongs which allowed limited movement for the wearer. Both the driver and warrior are wearing boar tusk helmets. I haven't made much progress on the rest of the army!

In 2009 we visited Greece and went to 'strong walled' Mycenae, amongst other places. Here are a few photos of the acropolis of Mycenae and some Mycenaean weapons and equipment in the archaeological museum there.

View of the acropolis of Mycenae
The Lion Gate
The North Gate
North Sally Port
Bronze swords in the Archaeological Museum at Mycenae
Boar tusk helmet in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete.