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Friday, 22 June 2012

Late Achaemenid Persians

Mardian Archers - Wargames Factory, Vendel and Old Glory

Here are a few photos of some Late Achaemenid Persian infantry. They are small units of skirmishers, Mardian archers (Wargames Factory, Vendel and Old Glory) and Takabara peltasts (Old Glory, Essex and Black Tree Designs). We're hoping to have a Satrapal Revolt game soon with two Late Persian armies, Satrap to Satrap, so I'll post some photos, a report and may even include the army lists.

This week in the mail I got a pack of the fantastic new plastic Victrix Athenian Hoplites which I've started to assemble. I'm really looking forward to painting these! I also got my copy of the new Hail Caesar Army Lists: Late Antiquity to Early Medieval these have sixty army lists ranging from Palmyran and Middle Imperial Roman through to Teutonic Crusader and Mongol. As you'd expect from Warlord Games, this is a pretty classy supplement full of great photos.

Recently I downloaded Dr Phil Hendry's Augustus to Aurelian rules from the Too Fat Lardies site. These look like a really interesting and innovative set of ancient rules - TFL with  elements of HC. Obviously a lot of care, thought and knowledge has gone it to it and it is a beautifully illustrated and amazingly good value for 12 pounds or $20 AUD!

Takabara Peltasts - Old Glory, Essex and Black Tree Designs

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Assyrian reliefs at the British Museum

Sennacherib (704-681 BC) restoring peace in Babylon

As I mentioned in my last post, here are some photos of the Assyrian reliefs at the British Museum, that I took on our visit there last year. Hopefully they will inspire me in painting my Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian armies. The amazing collection at the British Museum comes from Ashurnasirpal II's (883-859 BC) Northwest Palace at Nimrud, Tiglath-Pileser III's (744-727 BC) Central Palace at Nimrud, Sargon II's (721-705 BC) Palace at Khorsabad, Sennacherib's (704-681 BC) Southwest Palace at Nineveh and Ashurbanipal's (668-c.631 BC) Southwest Palace at Nineveh. Some of the photos are a bit mixed up in terms of chronology and place but for further information on the reliefs check out the British Museum Press books.

Colossal bull-lamassus (gate guardian) 

Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) lion hunting

Ashurbanipal (668-c.631BC) lion hunting scenes

Assyrian sling stones the size of cricket balls

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Midianite Arab Camel Riders

Here are a few photos of some Midianite Arab Camel Riders for my Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian armies of the seventh century BC. The figures are Warlord/Immortal, Castaway Arts and Minifigs. Some of the Assyrian reliefs at the British Museum from the palace of Ashurbanipal (668 - c.631BC) at Nineveh depict these nomads, mounted two to a camel, being slaughtered by Assyrian troops. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of these particular reliefs, on our visit there, but have quite a few others and will post some of these next. The British Museum Press has several books on this topic and I have Assyrian Palace Sculptures by Paul Collins which I highly recommend.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

First Half Second

View of the table - NKE on the left, Hittites on the right

View down the Hittite line

View down the Egyptian line

Ne'arin and Maryannu on the left flank

Hittite chariots advance towards the Egyptians on the right

Here are a few more photos of the first half of the game between the Hittite and New Kingdom Egyptians we played last Wednesday. I posted the second half first in my last post due to camera battery problems.

On the painting table at the moment I have some Assyrians, Miadnite Arab camel riders and the new Warlord plastic set of Macedonian Royal Guard. These are the plastic phalangites with different metal heads and embossed metal shields. Nice figures when assembled that mix perfectly with my Foundry Hypaspist command!

I have had a chance to have a closer look at the scenarios in the Chariots of Fire board game I mentioned in my last post. There are nine scenarios, including Kadesh and Megiddo, and they range from Sumer c. 2320 BC through to the fall of Troy c. 1200 BC.

Close up shot of some Hittite spearmen

Egyptian division on the right flank

Egyptian infantry of the other division on the left

Another shot of the left flank

Infantry fighting in the centre

More infantry action

Ne'arin charge and Maryannu counter charge

Aramaean slingers and Hittite spearmen

Ne'arin drive back the Maryannu on the left

Hittite chariots charge the Egyptians