Sunday, May 7, 2017

Assyrian Heavy Infantry I in 25mm

After working my way through the rehabilitation project on nine Assyrian chariots, (see  Assyrian Chariot Pass-in-Review), the refurbishment is complete.  Attention now turns to fielding new, non-wheeled components of an Assyrian Army.  
First out of the blocks, is one Impetvs-sized stand of heavy infantry of sixteen figures.  I crammed them in fairly tightly onto the base to produce a good massed effect.  Armed with helmets and large shields, this formation is likely either elite or guard.  Given that, they are all attired in matching tunics and kilts.  
Sixteen, 25mm figures on one base is a weighty matter.  When plopped down onto the gaming table, it has quite a bit of weight and not prone to accidental displacement.  With luck, they will fight as formidably as they look.  Figures are Wargames Foundry.

33 comments:

  1. Really nice like these, foundry figures are skill excellent despite their age....will check out the rest of you Assyrian force 😀 Might copy the colour scheme too....😛

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    1. Thank you, Matt!
      The Foundry Assyrian range may be an oldie but it is definitely a goodie. Great sculpting all around. I pleasure to slap paint on too!

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  2. A spectacular and beautiful unit, very impressive blue shields...and beards!

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    1. Phil, you are very kind in your comments.
      Thanks!

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  3. Nice big lovely looking unit!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you, Iain! When finished with the unit, I was pleasantly surprised that I could get 16 figures on one Impetvs base. I like the dense look.

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  4. Great work Jonathan! You could use them as Qurubuti - King's Guard.

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    1. Thank you, Mike! King's Guard is what I was thinking too.

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  5. Beautifully painted figures Jonathon

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  6. Great looking unit Jonathan! I've always thought about doing biblical armies to include Assyrians as the Foundry range is so nice.

    Christopher

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    1. Appreciate your encouragement, Christopher!
      If you tackled Foundry Bibilicals, they would be beuatiful.

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    1. Thanks, Robert! Appreciate you stopping in to leave a comment

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  8. These fellows look just the part of what the term "Assyrian" conjures in the mind when imagining a unit on the table--I dunno about the rules on the table, but they'll definitely cause the opposing player to make a morale check against "feared forces."

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    1. Ed! Very good to read that this band of heavies matches your impression of how an Assyrian heavy infantry formation might have appeared. I hope you are correct in their game table fearsomeness!

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  9. Nice to see the Assyrians being expanded. I like the chap on the centre front row, his animation adds much to the formation.

    I have the new Impetvs 2, but also Sword and Spear, for which I have been watching tutorial videos last night and this morning. I would like to compare those two rulesets.

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    1. Hi Norm! Yes, it is good to see me FINALLY come to grips on a project I have long considered.

      I have Sword & Spear but have never given them a run out on the table. I considered buying the second edition when it was published but thought, "if I haven't read the first edition should I buy the second?" My answer was, "no, not yet."

      I look forward to your compare and contrast with Impetvs 2. To me, Impetvs is a terrific system although it has its share of detractors.

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  10. Those blue and gold sheids are very striking Jonathan.

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    1. Mark, the blue makes the unit pop, I think. Wait until you see the next color scheme...

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  11. You are over productive :) I probably will use your minis as modèle for my own assyrian army.

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  12. Very colorful and great looking unit.

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  13. Elbonian infantry, ready to sack a city and then slam out some code. I really like this guys, and the light blue of the shields makes for a very attractive presentation. I continue to see a use for Assyrians in my Middle Earth armies. A Foundry order can't be far away. Well done, Jon!

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    1. Thank you, Michael!

      The Foundry Assyrians might make a very interesting addition to your Middle Earth realm. I look forward to seeing you deal with these at your painting desk one day.

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    2. They would serve well as men from Harad for Middle Earth purposes, among others.

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  14. Great looking unit, Jon. The conical shields are thought to have been used (? only) by the Royal Guard.

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    1. Thanks, Peter. Foundry allows shield specification on order so I must be careful not to order too many with large, conical shield. One more stand of Royal Guard infantry on the workbench.

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  15. Imposing looking unit. I am curious how are games are going to look with your 16 figure FP stands against my 8 figure FLs.

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    1. The Assyrians will be fielding plenty of FL units too including many archers. I do like the thought of imposing units, though.

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