Getting Biblical for Easter


Having finally succumb to peer pressure.  I took advantage of one of BTD's many sales to pick up the start of a Egyptian Army to face Jon's Assyrians.  These models are meant for the New Kingdom era, but should work for the later Kushite period as well.  The Kushite domination of the 25th Dynasty was ostensibly an invasion to reassert the primacy of the old Egyptian gods, so they served to reinforce Egyptian culture (not add to or eliminate it.)

I am sticking with a very basic paint scheme, but allowing the variation to come in the form of skin tones.  There are three essential bases here:  red-brown, leather brown and black-brown to represent the peoples of upper and lower Egypt as well as Northern Sudan.

 The Impetus force list puts the minimum elements at 6 stands of FL Spearmen, so this is my starting point.  The are organized to let me two stands deep as well.

I also decided to try a different basing technique with these as it is a limited project.  The stands are coated in a tinted, coarse painting medium with sand and gravel added.  I then drybrush over that with reddish browns, followed by a light scattering of burnt-grass flock.  It is significantly more time consuming, and rebasing would be a challenge, so it will probably not become my new standard.



I also completed my first (T) archer stand with a mix of armored archers.  The Kushite led Egyptians seem to be much more archer heavy, so I plan on adding some figures from the Warlord Kushite range as wells as some BTD Numidians to represent  them.

I have some Chariots on the painting table as well, but they may take a bit longer.  I think this counts as my first de-synchronization in the painting plan for the year.  Stay tuned for more!

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  1. Excellent work, Jake! The BTD Egyptians look like really good sculpts. Mid-blue and white is always an appealing color scheme. The one (and only) BTD Egyptian chariot I built was quite a good looking model.

    This is a great start!

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    1. Thanks, the next set will Branch out to include yellow. I have been looking at my heavy chariots and they hardly seem different from the light ones. I am considering putting some javelin throwers on a base with one as chariot runners, it seems a cheaper alternative to putting 2 per base.

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    2. While I placed one elephant and three skirmishers on one Impetvs base for the Punic Wars project, I put each Assyrian chariot on a 60mm, 1/2 frontage Impetvs base. I figured placing two together would form one Impetvs stand. Two of the Assyrian four-horse chariots on one stand was going to be a monster in both size and weight.

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    3. That was my thought with the heavy chariots. My plan is still to put two lights on one 12cmx8cm base, however.

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  2. A superb start, Jake! The main difference between the light and "heavy" chariots for the Egyptians is the armor of the crew, not really the vehicles themselves.

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    1. The heavy chariots from BTD seem to differ only in the size of the cart. As mentioned above, I am planning on basing 1 heavy chariot +2-3 Runners on an Impetus base and probably 2 Light chariots on a base to make them readily recognizable.

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