Early Bedouins

The early Bedouins (aka Midianite Arabs in DBA 1.1) are an interesting army.  They are one of the very few armies that use camelry.  They cover a fairly long time period, from the “Biblical” era to the Classical era.  They provide opponents for several of my existing armies, such as the New Kingdom Egyptians and Early Hebrews.

I had a number of Italeri Sarcen Camels and riders lying around, because the later Muslim armies didn’t use camels in battle.  I considered doing Tuaregs but wuold have needed even more camels than the 15 I had, so I settled on Early Bedouins for the reasons noted above.

Assyrian reliefs often show the Bedouins riding two-to-a-camel, often with a driver and an archer shooting backward, and being pursued by Assyrian cavalry.  There is some question as to whether this was the usual way of riding to battle or if it is just a depiction of a panicked rout, with an infantry man scrambling onto the camel with its normal rider to get away.  Camels are certainly strong enough to carry two people, so I decided to model one stand with two riders and the rest with just one.

For riders, I used some of the Italieri Saracens.  I removed the stirrups and relied on painting to give them bare arms and legs.  Bow-armed riders came mostly from some Imex Souix.  Feathers were obviously trimmed off, as well as the fringe of their clothes, and I painted them as though they wore only a tunic.  Some dollar-store “Indians” from a cowboy & Indians set provide some additional riders, as did a single Numidian.  The Indians needed a bit of work, as they were very poorly sculpted.

These are all “Indians” with some hair added (globs of Liquid Nails).  A kilt was painted on each, as was a beard.  The original figures were probably meant to be wearing trousers but only a belt was sculpted on them.

cam1This element has two riders per camel.  The front riders are Saracens (L,R) and a Sioux (center) while all the rear riders are Sioux.  I had to trim the saddles a bit to accommodate the extra rider but otherwise left the bow cases etc. intact.

cam2The last element could be the Camelry General.  The left figure is a Numidian, the other two are more “Indians”.  You can see their proportions are out of wack.  The center figure is a bodybuilder with a pin head, and the archer has misshapen arms and a huge head.  But at arm’s length they look ok.

cam3For the infantry, I used some ESCII Muslims as Auxilia and HaT Macedonian Light Infantry for Psiloi.  Some of the Psiloi were converted to archers from javelinmen: one javelin was bent, the other trimmed, and a quiver added.

arabpsLastly, the army has a very unusal DBA element: light camelry (2Cm).  These move and fight in all respects like Light Horse but get the Camelry’s terrain modifiers, meaning they treat Dunes or Oases as good going!

2CmThese are basically normal Saracens with stirrups trimmed off  with arms and (for one) legs painted as bare.

Published on December 9, 2009 at 2:38 am  Leave a Comment  

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