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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Sumerian battle cars, straddle cars and infantry


Sumerian battle car/onager chariot - Eureka figures


King Eanatam of Lagash in his battle car/onager chariot - Newline



Here are more photos of recently completed Sumerians for the armies of Ur and Lagash (see previous posts). I will use the straddle cars as divisional commanders for Hail Caesar. I still have heaps of units to paint for both armies... The latest issue of the excellent Ancient Warfare (Vol V, Issue 6) has an interesting article on the origins of the composite bow, among other things. I'm not sure that I'd agree (!) with the this statement on p.52 though: '...a thousand years after Sumer had fallen the Assyrian army carried a different philosophy of war and therefore the composite bow, though available, did not fit into this overall military doctrine.'


Sumerian straddle car - Eureka



Another straddle car - Eureka



Spearmen of Lagash - Castaway and Eureka


More spearmen of Lagash - Castaway and Eureka

Nim (Flies) skirmishers - Foundry
 
Sumerian levy archers - Cutting Edge

More skirmishers - Castaway

13 comments:

  1. Very nice units...and a wonderful chariot!

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  2. Now these do look great. Very inspiring. I did find the Eureka sculpting not up to usual for chariot crew but chariots are very well done.
    Painting here is very good on all figures and very nice animal skin on straddle car.
    Gets me in the mood to get mine out but waiting for Cutting Edge carts to add into my collection.

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  3. That is going to be a superb collection you are gathering there.

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  4. Great work and really like the Sumerian's.

    Christopher

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  5. Thanks Colin, Silver Whistle and Christopher. I think the Sumerians wil be good fun. I'm waiting on the Cutting Edge battle cars before I get more as well.

    Mike

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  6. These guys look like the making of a great army there is a wonderful range of figures and you've done a wonderful job painting them.
    Cheers
    Kent

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  7. Thanks Kent. There's a lot of choice now with 28mm Sumerians - Bear Den Miniatures, Castaway, Cutting Edge, Eureka, Foundry and Newline!

    Cheers
    Mike

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  8. That's a wonderful army. The straddle cars are esp. cool

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  9. Thanks Mike, Eureka make some excellent figures.

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  10. nice work Mike, now wishing I never sold my Babylonians......

    cheers
    Matt

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  11. Thanks Matt, you should get some Cutting Edge Babylonians, I've got an army of these just fantastic figures!

    Cheers

    Mike

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