Classical Indians



After finishing up Alexander’s army, I wanted to cover his major enemies.  Porus gave Alex a great fight, and earned the conqueror’s respect.  Plus, the Elephants!  For now I’m using Zvedza’s excellent war elephants but realistically there should be no howdahs.  <of course, now there are several sets made of these made by manufacturers. >

Anyway, here’s what I’ve got so far did back then:

indianbow1They are ESCI (now mfd. by Italeri) “Barbarian” archers.  The bows were cut off & replaced with longer florist wire bows.  The sarong is made of tissue paper, stiffened and held in place with white glue.  The barbarians already had topknots, I painted on moustaches and painted  flesh tone over the trousers.

Since you only get 5 of them per box, I fleshed my archers out with lots of Atlantic (now Nexxus) Egyptians.

indianbow2These are Charioteers from the Egyptian set.  Again, Sarongs were added.  The two with swords had their rein hands drilled for bows.  The other two had their short bows chopped off and new ones inserted.  The last one was a “Pharaoh” figure so his head was transplanted too — an ESCI Muslim provided this one.  I konw turbans are anachronistic but it looks ok to me.
The chariots these guys came with will be used in a Mitanni army I’m planning.

The cavalry is a significant element in the army.  I used Italeri Gallic cavalry, as they are bare-chested.  The conical helmets look vaguely eastern to me, so …

indiancavClose enough!
I should do some chariots too, but I’m not certain how they should look.  I’m leaning towards the Zvedza Persian chariot but you only get one per box and I don’t need all those extra Persians.  I may g owith the Atlantic Greek chariots (two per box) but I’d have to seriously alter the chariot.

Lastly, I did the Psiloi element as javelin men.  Porus’ spearmen are not really represented in the DBA list, as far as I can tell, unless they are optional Blade or assumed to be mixed in with the bows.

indianpsiloiThese guys are more Egyptians, with sarongs added.  The Egyptian shield shape matches what I’ve seen in depictions of Porus’ troops.

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