Sunday, October 1, 2017

Assyrian Wars - Babylonians

Babylonian or Chaldean heavy infantry is the last of the units to see completion before the long promised Assyrian Army Pass-in-Review.  The light blue shields look good to me.
This fourteen figure stand of infantry are from Newline Designs and represent the second such unit fielded.  I like this figure and pose very much.  Another unit or two of these fine figures may work their way into the painting queue eventually.  Of course, I would need receive a figure resupply.  
One advantage to fielding the Babylonians or Chaldeans is that they can see service either with or against the Mighty Assyrians.  They will begin duty among the ranks of the Assyrian powerhouse.

Laying the army out on the gaming table, I was surprised at how large this army had grown over the summer.  Next time, the army will be put on parade. 

33 comments:

  1. Superb! Waiting for the parade!

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  2. Another lovely unit...agree the light blue is great I'm going pinch that for the next persians I do. Looking forward to the parade 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Matt! I await your next light blue Persians with great interest!

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  3. Great looking unit, the blue works really well. Can't wait to see the whole army and the newline figures look good!
    Best Iain

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    1. Iain, I really like the Newline figures. Quite a different sculpting style than Foundry terrific nonetheless. I like Newline more and more with each passing unit. They fit well with Foundry too so that is a big bonus.

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  4. Ye. Good choice for the shield colour. Can't think where I've seen it before.

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  5. Another very nice base, the tone / shade of blue is just right, with an impression of some wear / age to the shield. It would be very easy to make these too vivid. I think ancient armies greatly benefit from some colour identifiers in the army to make force management a bit easier during play.

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    1. Norm, you are very kind. You have an eye of an artist and a gentle critique. That is much appreciated!

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  6. I agree with everyone else - blue good, parade wanted! I like the idea of units that can serve either side!
    Cheers, Peter

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    1. Thanks, Peter! Have I get the everything rounded up, and organized,the Assyrians and retinue will be on parade.

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    1. Perhaps, the Ancient Near East was the originator of this practice? In my army at least!

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    2. Like most things, the use of the 'Shieldwall' was obviously a prior method forgotten about and then re-'invented' by some crafty chap at a later date.

      Realising he needed to change the original name, for the purposes of trademark and intellectual property rights, he took the practice of forming a wall of shields and renamed it as the Shieldwall - then promptly sold the invention to the highest bidder.

      His descendants also discovered Greek fire, invented Gunpowder, and authored the principles of The Art of War. There's also suggestions that Da Vinci stole some of their ideas concerning armoured vehicles, underwater travel and human flight.

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  8. Another fine unit, Jonathan. I agree with the nice look of the pale-blue shields too.

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    1. Thanks, Dean! I may use the pale blue motif again.

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  9. Great looking unit and the light blue shields work a treat. Looking forward to the muster when displayed.

    Cheers, Ross

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  10. Another great looking unit Jonathan. That review will certainly be impressive.

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    1. Thank you, Mark! Hopefully, the review will not be anti-climatic.

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  11. Great looking unit and look forward to the parade Jonathan!

    Christopher

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  12. Great looking unit from a manufacturer absent from my ranks. The ability to fight with or against the Assyrian host is a big plus,. too!

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    1. Thank you, Peter! Perhaps you ought to give Newline Designs consideration for your next Biblical Wars unit?

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  13. The light blue shade is very striking. Looking forward to seeing the whole host!

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    1. Ed, I like the light blue too! Maybe more units will be going into battle carrying powder blue shields?

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  14. Nice work Jonathan. I do like that blue color for the shields!

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