Friday, 26 December 2014
Amorite Kingdoms - Ba'irum
Here are a few photos of a unit of Ba'irum for an Amorite Kingdoms army from the time of Hammurabi (1792 - 1750 BC). These are all Cutting Edge Miniatures figures available from Warlord Games. Some figures in the first two ranks have put away their bows and are getting ready to get stuck in with their bronze two handed axes!
The Ba'irum were 'an interesting troop-type, which appears to have been considered essential to take on campaign (Shamsi-Adad once reprimanded Yasmakh-Adad for neglecting to mobilise them)...The term is derived from the word meaning 'to hunt' (like the Napoleonic 'chasseur' and 'jaeger'), and their principle weapon was an axe.' Nigel Stillman and Nigel Tallis, Armies of the Ancient Near East 3000 BC to 539 BC, p.21.