While Sumerian spearmen are seeing frequent rotation at the painting desk (many of those will hop into the photo booth in due time), today the Sumerians receive leadership on the battlefield.Mustering off the painting desk is a Lugal in battle cart protected by three skirmishers to keep the leader safe from ambush. Figures are 28mm Newline Designs. A second, similar Lugal stand is in work.Also on the painting desk is the sixth Battle for my 2021 WotR project. While the clock is ticking down to year-end, Thomas Stanley's Battle has reached the basing stage. With four more days remaining in 2021, fielding Battle #6 is almost a sure thing even with a houseful of guests and a lot of competition for my time as Chief Cook and Bottle Washer.
Once Thomas Stanley is finished, I may gather all six Battles for a parade.
With 2022 only a handful of days away, I am not sure time remains to push one more unit through the painting queue before time expires on 2021. Even if not, on the painting front more figures passed over the workbench than expected. The annual Painting Log review should be interesting.
That's a lovely unit Jon:). I always wonder how they were used in battle as one well aimed spear or arrow would incapacitate a horse, if not kill it, causing huge problems to get it moving again.ReplyDelete
I'm looking forward to Battle # 6 and hopefully a parade as I'm sure it will look superb.
Their use in battle is a subject of some debate, with some favouring the "battle taxi" theory, where they carry a hero into battle. Some reconstructions show the protective coverings at the front to be more extensive to provide protection from missiles. I think of them as a missile platform as they have javelin quivers on them, backed up by a strong warrior who fought either mounted or on foot. I think their main effect is psychological, with their headlong rush discomforting their opponents. At least that's the model in "To Ur is Human", still the only set of dedicated Sumerian wargame rules.Delete
Thank you, Steve!Delete
Battle #6 will be stepping out of the blocks soonish.
Graham, perhaps the only Sumerian specific ruleset yet.Delete
Great looking command standReplyDelete
Turned out well, and I like having the escort to keep away the hoi palloi. Impressed by your ability to keep knocking stuff out despite the holidays. I've managed a couple spearmen, but that's about all.ReplyDelete
Thanks! Glad you approve of the basing. I have stuck to Impetvs style basing with cart and retinue on a 120mm frontage. On the painting front, I try to maintain, "a little, often." It has been harder to do this last week.Delete
Beautiful work again sir!ReplyDelete
Much appreciated, Michal!Delete
A mighty fine addition to the Sumerian throng.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Phil! If you saw the ranks of spearmen awaiting a photo, you might think the throng even more impressive.Delete
A lovely looking addition Jon. If I was ever to be tempted by Biblical warfare, Newline Design would be high on my list of likely sources, having seen how nice their figures are via your blog!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Keith!Delete
Having discovered Newlines Designs years ago, I continue to be impressed by both the quality and value. Some of the best bank for the buck figures.
Lovely stuff Jon!ReplyDelete
All the best for 2022.
Thank you, Sir! Let's hope for a return toward normalcy in 2022.Delete
Heft :-) their clothing catches the brush well, good impact. Your WotR forces must be looking very impressive now, I am guessing over 300 figures?ReplyDelete
Yes, indeed! This is a heavy stand. You keep a good mental record of the WotR tally. Just over 300 (312 to be exact) figures in the collection once #6 musters out.Delete
Beautiful work Jonathan. I always look forward to the Christmas/New Year break as a chance to ramp up the painting output, but always underestimate the additional work and downtime involved in entertaining.ReplyDelete
I always have high expectations for a block of solitude over the holidays but it rarely pans out. Surprise house guests are a regularity. This year even more so with two children and their families staying with us for extended periods. Like we run an AIRBNB with no revenue and only expenses.
An impressive looking model which will certainly stand out on the tabletop.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Peter! This stand ought to look impressive on the table.Delete
Another fine addition Jonathan. All the best for 2022.ReplyDelete
That’s a lovely piece Jonathan! Your output this yer has been impressive. Looking forward to battle # 6 and the WotR parade.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Mike! The 2021 painting totals are surprisingly high given the large number of games played.Delete
A lovely looking model Jonathan…ReplyDelete
To call it a cart just doesn’t seem to do it justice…
All the best. Aly
Thank you, Aly! Yes, it takes up a lot of real estate for only being a 'cart'.Delete
Just curious: would Lugal in his battle cart operate as a command stand or as a chariot (ie, combat unit)?ReplyDelete
In Graham's "To Ur is Human" a Lugal unit is not a combat unit. When it attached to a combat unit, it lends combat and morale benefits.Delete
Great looking battle cart!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Iain! A second one is on the workbench.Delete