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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Pharaoh Smites The Foe

This is Middle Kingdom Egypt. An Amorite scout is captured by Nubian soldiers and brought before the mighty Pharaoh Nebtakara. Here the before the battle lines even join Pharaoh smites the enemy just like the iconic temple scenes. He is a warrior king that few men dare to challenge..... This Pharaoh is a Dark Fable figure with crown added with Green stuff, The short hair guard is Castaway Arts. Victim is also castaway Arts with hair added(Lullubi/Gutian). Rest are Newline Designs recent Old kingdom range with Castaway Arts shields.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Joshua at Jericho

Trumpets blast and the Hebrews roar and the walls come tumbling down. In this scene Joshua raises his sword in triumph as the walls of Jericho come crashing down. All will be put to the sword. No living thing will be left alive. Joshua here is based on the artist Jonny Schumates image. Joshua is heavily converted from Castaway Arts Indian figure applying kilt and armour with Mad Robot Miniatures head. Trumpets are from Castaway Arts colonial range on Hebrew command. Rest figures are Foundry and one Cutting Edge. Very happy with this dramatic base and great fun planning and making. Really enjoyed converting Joshua with Green Stuff.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Actual images from Beni Hassan

Thought I would put in the actual (copies of) the images I was tying to create.

Amorites From Beni Hassan

Below are my conversion to create Amorite (sand dwellers) that are featured on Middle kingdo m Eyptian Beni Hassan tombs. No one makes figures to match those exact images, so I had a go at converting some. Heads are from Mad Robot Miniatures that look IMHO very like those Amorite images. Bodies were converted from Perry plastic Sudan. Doubt if I will ever be a great sculpter but pleased how these turned out. They will from skirmisher unit in my Middle Kingdom Egyptian army. Due to larger perry plastic size, they will have to be kept in own unit only. Last figure body is Essex miniatures. Extra interesting features are the duck bill axes (sculpted onto wire) on two figures and throw sticks (already on Perry figures).

Amorite Conversions

Friday, 13 March 2015

Impetus Gutian/Lullubi Army

Thought it would be nice to view my warbands together.  By the time I convert another 2 units I will have close to a full army for Basic Impetus rather than just allies to eg Sumerians or Hammurabic Babylonians.
As much as I like the Cutting Edge (middle group) I do prefer figure size/heft of side units.  Although the centre unit is more petite in scale, they seem to blend in due to same painting and basing etc. Flank units contain Castaway Arts , Newline Designs and Eureka with heads from Mad Robot and Hasslefree among the conversions.

Thursday, 12 March 2015


Camera flash has let these down a bit, but very pleased with this unit in the flesh.  I have been working away with green stuff to create fur kilts an scalp locks and pony tails to create this unique unit.
The heads used on some are from Mad Robot  who just happen to make heads just like Amorites in Biblical era making them very suitable for conversions in this period.  Bodies were used from Newline Designs with Mad Robot heads ion some with beards also added to some.  The guy on top of rock is Castaway Arts Babylonian with Mad Robot head and spare head from Foundry Assyrians I think held in hand.  2 other Castaway Arts figures have been slightly converted and 2 Eureka appear as themselves.

These represent Gutian tribes around time of Sumer and Akkad into Hammurabric (1750 BC) period possibly.  I like the wild almost prehistoric look these have.  They were great fun to create and I'm sure I will do more at some point

Gutian Warriors

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Mari Bowmen

Here are couple of photos of my latest Impetus style unit .  These represent Bowmen of Mari form time of Hammurabi of Babylon.
Castaway Arts have done great job on these straight out of WRG Armies of Near East.  I have had these for years and Impetus basing has allowed me to create a unit form 9 figures I had.  Bags of character and I am sure can serve in most armies of the Near East at this time.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Above are images of the 28mm Mitanni chariot from late sculpter who produced the wonderful 15mm Chariot Miniatures ranges.  It is available from Magister Militum in a very small range Mitanni range. It is a big model and it sits impressive on the tabletop.  Horses are possibly best chariot horses in my collection. I used Army Painter ink on this with very limited highlights afterwards.
The Mitanni chariot warriors all seemed to have been very heavily armoured and well equipped. Cannanites and Syrians looked similar(elite units) but probably not all were so completely armoured to the extent of the Mitanni.

Mitanni Chariot from Magister Militum 28mm

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Lullubi Warriors

"Muster all our spear and bravest warriors for the barbarians have swept down from the mountians.  They have served us as allies against they have gathered all their lands to destroy us all"

Here we have some Lullubi warriors form Sumerian/Akkadian times.  Would do fine in Hammurabic Babylon also.  They have had mixed hair styles but I prefer to keep them all scalp lock styles together as seen on reliefs in time of Sargon of Akkad.  I will create a new Gutian warband also to different mountain tribes and just for look.

These figures are Newline Designs and 2 Eureka.  My favourites are the 2 Castaway Arts converions(my first ever actually).  They have the
 short kilts .  They were a Philsitine and Babylonian origionally.  Heads from Hasslefree with added beards and scalplock.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Nubian Bowmen Units

Here are some lovely Nubian Bowmen from the world class Perry Foundry range. Detail is just wonderful along with variety and poses. The Fan Bearer is from Dark Fable Miniatures.  Although much bigger I feel he fits in as large bodyguard type allowing more character to the unit.
These 2 bases can be 2 Impetus or count as 24 man unit for other systems. Using only 18 figures saves painting, and cash without sacrificing look.
These can be used as units in Egyptian armies also and have less Egyptianised Kushite look.