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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Libyan Chariot
















Here are a few photos of a Libyan Chariot I've just painted. Chariot, crew and horses are all by Essex Miniatures. Libyan tribes were nomadic herdsmen and included the Tejehenu, Tjemehu, Kehek, Meshwesh, Seped, Mahasun and Libu (from Libya). I have an army of these to fight my New Kingdom Egyptians with really nice figures by Foundry, Old Glory and Newline Designs. By the later New Kingdom period the Libyan tribes had a small number of chariots which were probably used by chiefs, captured from, or traded for, with the Egyptians.

The infantry used throw sticks, javelins and bow and later acquired large numbers of copper long swords of the Sea People type. Several tribes formed coalitions and during the reign of Merenptah, Libyans under Meryey were joined by a contingent of the Sea People who were all defeated at the battle of Per-Yer c.1231 BC. There is a scenario for this battle in Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy Issue 66 pp.18-19. Background information on the Libyans from the biblical gamers bible - Armies of the Ancient Near East, 3,000 BC to 539 BC by Nigel Stillman and Nigel Tallis.














14 comments:

  1. I don't know why, but I do like chariots...
    I know why, I do like your work, once again it's splendid, details are amazing...

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  2. I really like chariots and chariot armies too Phil. They're not that popular, so it's something a bit different...seeing chariots in Egypt makes it interesting as well.

    Mike

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  3. That's a very nice looking chariot!

    Christopher

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  4. Thanks Christopher, the Essex figures are quite good but not as nice as the Foundry of course.

    Mike

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  5. Great work on a rarely seen subject!

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    1. Thanks Iannick, I think Essex make the only 28mm Libyan chariot around!

      Mike

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  6. Chariot looks really good. I like the natural colours. Libyan and Sea people alliance is my list to do.

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    1. Thanks Colin, they're such colourful and unusual armies and the Foundry figures are superb.

      Mike

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  7. Great looking chariot, and I do love your basing as well.

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  8. Thanks Monty, biblical armies are easy and a lot of fun to paint. Looking forward to seeing your NKE.

    Mike

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  9. Thanks Moiterei, paint the flesh and you're almost done!

    Mike

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  10. Mike... Cutting Edge have some photos of new Libyans on Facebook. Plus upcoming Retainer axe gives excuse to get on with Middle Kingdom Egyptians.
    Have just finished mix of Amorites using Foundry, Cutting Edge and Castaway Arts. Check blog soon.

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  11. Colin excellent news about the Cutting Edge Libyans, I'll check them out. I'm painting a Libyan warband at the moment. Look forward to the Amorites on your blog!

    Cheers

    Mike

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