Following upon my first foray into Newline Designs' range of 28mm Biblicals with Babylonians (see Babylonian Spearmen), a dozen Israeli/Hebrew armored spearmen went onto the painting desk.
With a little more rounded sculpting style than the Perry brothers' Foundry Assyrians, these figures are quite nice. Similar in style to the Babylonians fielded earlier, I am beginning to appreciate the differences in sculpting styles between the two manufacturers. Newline Designs' figures that I have are a little heavier than Foundry. I should add BTD Assyrians into the comparison as well. To my eye, all three work well within the same army.
Unlike the Babylonian spearmen standing, these Hebrew did not have the spear molded to the figure. Rather, the spears are separate and made of a softer and thicker metal than the Northstar spears I typically use. Since these spears seemed rigid enough, I opted to use them. Time will tell if that was a wise decision.
These Newline Designs' Biblicals have a bit of Old School charm and, when purchased on sale, are a bargain.
What is left in the painting queue? No surprise here. Several more units for the Assyrian Wars project are making their way through the production line. Included in these are four more Assyrian heavy chariot upgrades to a regular-sized cavalry base (120mm x 80mm) with accompanying infantry support. A battle array with these carts on line will be an impressive sight. Also, my lone Egyptian heavy chariot is getting the same makeover. That is, rebased onto a 120mm frontage with infantry support.