All images and content 2011 - 2017 copyright Satrap Miniatures.

Do not copy or post without permission.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

More Early Achaemenid Persian Infantry











Here are a few photos of another unit of Persian Sparabara and archers for my Early Achaemenid Persian army. Figures are by Old Glory, Vendel, Essex and Wargames Factory. I've painted most of them in pretty simple block colours which work OK I think. People often seem to go crazy with colours and patterns when painting Persians and the results are not always the best. The back drop photo was taken in central Anatolia in Turkey, at the ancient Hittite capital of Hatussa (modern Boğazköy). 



 




21 comments:

  1. Excellent, I love these troops, shields are so impressive!

    ReplyDelete
  2. The block colours without all the patterns does the trick. Very effective and looks the part.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Lovely work! You've just given me an idea for painting basic colours for Kardakes...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Very nice! Love the photo backdrop.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great painting! Very clever to drop them into Turkey like that.

    Whenever I see Persians with wicker shields, it reminds me why they had a bit of trouble at Thermopylae. ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks guys, Persians infantry always stuggle against hoplites but they are a army fun to play anyway. Paul, I have two units of Kardakes to paint for my later Persian army and I always liked the white central strip in tunics - simple but effective. I hope to do more photos with backdrops, once I've experimented with Photoshop Elements a bit more.

    Mike

    ReplyDelete
  7. Nicely done and great background!

    Christopher

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks Christopher, I'll have to work on the layering and composite photo technique, it's fun but time consuming!

    Mike

    ReplyDelete
  9. Those are very nice! I am surprised that the four different manufacturers blended in so well together. Maybe, there is hope for my own EAP project after all... :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks Greg, I often mix 25mm and 28mm ranges in units and it works fine. There is a greater range in the size of actual humans than slender 25mm or chunky 28mm figures.

    Mike

    ReplyDelete
  11. Fantastic looking troops Cyrus!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Those are lovely! Cyrus, they're great, you might say ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  13. They look very good again Mike. Love that photoshopped backdrop as well

    ReplyDelete
  14. Firstly the backdrop is the best I have seen blending in figures. Amazingly realistic. Also I feel when Persian are overdone with colours and patterns it gets too much for the eye.
    Looking great and figures blend very well. I am still surprised how good WF figures look painted up. Not seen in the flesh.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thanks Colin, I hope to do more layers in Photoshop Elements, still figuring out how to do it! I agree absolutely too many Persians are overdone. Yeah they're surprisingly good, I've got other posts with full infantry and cavalry units, and they're cheap as chips - postage was about the same as the figures when I bought them! Good to see Warlord have finally released the first Cutting Edge figures...

    Mike

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great job, really like the backdrop too.

    Steve

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thanks Steve, we've got a game tonight so will see how they go...

    Mike

    ReplyDelete