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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Hittites and New Kingdom Egyptians Return

Hittite spearmen and Egyptian archers fight it out in the centre

Clash of the chariots on the right flank 
Ne'arin and Maryannu chariots on the left flank
Hittite Spearmen and Syrian Archers advance
Egyptian archers supported by mace-axemen get stuck in

On Wednesday night my mate Rick and I had a 300 point, two divisions a side game of Hail Caesar, with Hittites versus New Kingdom Egyptians. These photos are from the second half of the game as the battery in my camera died and I had to use my old camera. Apologies for some of the photos and unfinished units on the table!

I'll post more photos of the first half of the game, once the battery has recharged and I've sorted the photos. The Hittites under Rick had a victory with one Egyptian division on the verge of breaking and the other suffering significant casualties by the end of the game. Each side lost chariots on respective flanks and the infantry in the centre fought a see sawing encounter which was uncertain until the final turn. Thanks to Rick for another fun game.

Coincidentally, I received in the mail the free Society of Ancients 2012 board game, 'Call it Quids' which is based on the Battle Of Qadesh (Kadesh) and the very next day, a GMT board game I'd ordered back in February, 'Chariots of Fire' - Warfare in the Bronze Age, 2300 - 1200 BC. I'm really looking forward to trying out these two games!


Egyptian archers and spearmen advance in the centre

Egyptian archers, spearmen and Sherden Guard look for trouble
The action in the centre
Ne'arin break the Maryannu and wipe out the surviving skirmishers

The Hittite commander orders his chariots - Follow me!
Egyptian archers are caught in a flank charge and mowed down

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Neo-Assyrians


Sab Sharri - Foundry, Hinchliffe and Eureka






Here are a few photos of a unit of Sab Sharri (king's men) auxiliary infantry for my Neo-Assyrian army from the reign of Ashurbanipal (668 - 631 BC). These figures are a mix of Foundry, Hinchliffe and Eureka. I'm planning  a Neo-Babylonian army to fight it and have quite a mix of figures for both armies with Eureka, Castaway, Foundry, Hinchliffe, Immortal/Warlord, Newline and Old Glory. I've included some photos of a test spearman figure for a unit of Kisir Sharruti (king's standing army) at the end of the post.

On the WAB forum gallery recently there were photos of a Foundry Assyrian army, which is one of the best painted biblical armies I've ever seen:

http://wabforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=10975

Unfortunately my efforts will never be this good but it does give me something to aspire to! I'll post more photos of my Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian armies as I complete painting units. I'll also post separately some photos of the Assyrian reliefs at the British Museum which are very inspiring, if your interested in this period.








Kisir Sharruti - Eureka



Sunday, 20 May 2012

Alaca Höyük


The Sphinx Gate at Alaca Hoyuk

Hieroglyphic reliefs

Orthostats or reliefs approaching the Sphinx gate




Following on from my last post on Hittites and previous photos of Hatussa, I thought I'd post some more photos from our trip to Turkey last year. Alaca Höyük is an important Hattian and Hittite archaeological site located 36km north east of Hatussa. The remains such as the Sphinx gate date from the fourteenth century BC, while the thirteen shaft grave 'Royal Tombs' date from the earlier Hattian period (ca. 2350-2150BC). The site was occupied earlier in the Chalcolithic period and later by the Phrygians. Many of the original reliefs and artefacts from the site are now in the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations in Ankara. There is a museum at the site.




King and Queen praying to a bull before the altar


Double headed eagle with a rabbit in each claw

Close up shot of the Sphinx on the right




View of site and ongoing excavations
Stone base of walls

Entrance to the tunnel

Inside the tunnel

Another view of the site
View of the reconstructed Hattian shaft grave 'Royal Tombs'

View of a reconstructed grave

Occupant of a grave
Walls near the shaft graves
Storage jars on the verandah of the Alaca Hoyuk museum

A reconstuction of the double headed eagle 

Tea pot in the museum
Deer with antlers from the shaft graves
Painted jug in the museum

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Hittites


Hittite chariots - Foundry, Old Glory, Newline and Ral Partha/Iron Wind

Hittite King - Newline Designs

The King leads his chariots into battle

Here are some photos of my Hittite army to date. I've posted photos of some of the chariots here before, (Hittite chariots and Hatussa), but I've finished another three chariots since then and haven't posted any photos of my infantry until now. I still have a long way to go towards finishing these but at least I have a large New Kingdom Egyptian army to fight them  - Ramses II and his New Kingdom Egyptian Army. There is also a post on a Hail Caesar game we had with these armies - Hail Caesar First Game Report - Hittites vs New Kingdom Egyptians. There are so many great figures and interesting armies in the biblical period that it is hard to resist and I have gone totally overboard in my collecting. Trips to Egypt and Turkey have only further fuelled the flame!



Hittite archers - Miniature Design Studio

Syrian and Canaanite archers - Foundry

Aramaean slingers - Foundry

Anatolian highlander slingers - Cutting Edge

Hittite spearmen - Foundry, Old Glory and Newline

Another unit of Hittite spearmen