Sunday, January 14, 2018

Assyrian Wars - Kallapani

Today, something a little different for the Assyrian Wars project.  That is, my take on a mobile missile stand or kallapani.  For Impetvs, the Assyrian Army has an option for one or two kallapani that moves at chariot speed but fights as a dismounted, 'T' missile stand. 
I wrestled with the question of how to represent such a weapon platform.  Should two stands be fielded one for each mode?  In the end, I decided to field one stand for both modes.  The stand contains the kallapani battle cart with mounted bowmen along with a half-dozen dismounted archers.  For me, this combination looks pretty cool on the gaming table. 
Figures are from Wargames Foundry.  Enough figures lurk in The Lead Pile to field a second such mobile artillery platform.

44 comments:

  1. Very pretty. And the mix of figures is a great idea too.

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  2. Lovely chariot, and the archers all around are very impressive, excellent job!

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    1. Always look forward to your generous support of my work, Phil! Thank you!

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  3. That looks brilliant. Really nicely done.

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    1. The cart loaded with figures is an interesting vignette.

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  4. Very nicely done, and I especially like the way the figures are all vying for space on the battle cart. Very effective.

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    1. Much appreciated, Lawrence!

      The riders really are quite crammed onto the cart, are they not? A few are precariously balanced hanging off the back.

      One good bump, and most with hit the dirt.

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  5. Fascinating subject matter and excellent work.

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    1. Thanks, Bruce! Appreciate you stopping by to leave a comment.

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  6. Love the model and you've done a great job with it. The limbered/unlimbered combination works well. You need a second one!

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    1. This Foundry model is a good one, for sure. Just the item to add interest to the collection.

      "Need" a second one? Perhaps so!

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  7. An unusual unit, and great job with the painting and basing arrangements both, Jon!

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    1. Glad you like the stand full of bowmen and a pair of asses.

      Thank you!

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  8. Very impressive addition to your Bronze Age armies, Jonathan. Those Foundry models are superb and timeless.

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  9. I like it. Great idea for a chariot/kallapani. This is very new to me and really cool.

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  10. Nice looking unit, it's a good solution for representing it and looks great!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain! I hope that this is a workable solution.

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  11. Superbly depicted unit. Cheers, Ross

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  12. What a great addition to the army. Really interesting idea. Great painting as usual.

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  13. A comment from DeanM that went to gmail but not the blog. I wonder why only Dean's has this anomaly? Two posts in a row from Dean with no posting to blog.

    DeanM has left a new comment on your post "Assyrian Wars - Kallapani":

    Very impressive addition to your Bronze Age armies, Jonathan. Those Foundry models are superb and timeless.

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    1. Foundry's Biblical ranges are superb and timeless.

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  14. That looks really cool Jonathan! Well done!

    Christopher

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  15. Now that's something you don't see every day!

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  16. Love that wide base. These guys are the ancient versions of Soviet tank riders aren't they?

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    1. These fellows are the ancient version of mobile infantry, for sure..

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  17. Lovely ancient Panzer grenadiers ! 😀

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  18. Very nice, and good way of doing it!

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  19. Looks even better in person. Another interesting addition to the army. I always enjoy adding some novel pieces to a collection.

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    1. Thanks! It is fun to have these unusual and often "one-off" models in a collection.

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  20. Great basing idea here. That is a perfect way to use the carts and add interest to the table.
    I will use this for Elamites ,which I had thought of using as bow units. Adding foot bows is perfect.

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    1. Glad you like it! It is a nifty piece, I think.

      I look forward to your Elamites.

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