I have unwittingly entered into an arms race apparently. With Assyrian forces menacing my borders in ever greater numbers, it seems necessary, now more than ever, to address the growing "chariot gap." To that end, I committed my self to deploying these strictly defensive heavy chariots to act as a deterrent to Assyrian aggression. With the blessings of almighty Ra, we hope we need never use them, but we stand ever vigilant, ready to deploy them in defense of our beloved Nile....
Black Tree Design included chariots in one of their many deep discount sales a few months back, so I opted to splurge on some of their chariot models. I opted to do the first three heavy chariots in the mix of blue and yellow I am using for all of my units in this army. In keeping with the later Kushite theme, I opted to go with the darker skin tones of the southern peoples who dominated during the time period.
The chariots are relatively small compared to the traditional 12cmx80cm bases used for Impetus, so I opted to add some 'chariot runners' to fill up the base without the added mass of an additional chariots. It has the added benefit of keeping the cost down on what is intended to be a limited army collection. (We'll see how long that lasts...)
I kept most of the colors the same, although for the metal fittings I decided to try out Army Painters "unfinished iron" from their metal range. It has a nice bronze tint to it which works well for the time period. I am still on the crossroads on how much iron I want to include on the models.
I was considering doing the light chariots as two to a base, but with most still on back order I will probably do them in a similar fashion. I recently received the Pharaoh's chariot, but I am thinking about using Warlord's fancier model instead. Time will tell.