Early Lybians

Another common foe for the New Kingdom Egyptians, and occasional ally to them and the Sea Peoples, were the Lybians.
Perhaps HaT or some other manufacturer will make them some day Ceasar Miniatures has made a set, but I saw a great conversion by Claudio Berni and had to try my hand at some.  Like Claudio, I used Zulus as the basis, but since I’m doing just a DBA army, one box would suffice.  I found Italieri’s reissue of the ESCI set at my local hobby shop and got going….

I decided to make an army with 5 x Ps, 1 x LCh (G), 3 x Bw and 3 x Wb.  This fits the time frame of my other Biblicals and makes an interesting army.  Great in the bad going (except the the general), but a more multi-dimensional army than the earlier list (11 x Ps + 1 LCh!).

The General was easy: a light chariot of the Egyptian type, so I did a simple head swap with a Nexus Egyptian chariot…

Simple enough.  For Psiloi, I chose to use javelin men, since the Zulus come with spears and many are running…

For the archers, I had to convert the Zulus, and also used some leftover Egyptians and Sioux.

Lastly, for the Warbands I wanted to add the distinctive cloaks we see in Egyptian art.  Claudio used bits of handkerchief for his.  I used some thin paper (as I did on the Sumerians) but also tried something else I’d heard about in DBLCH — modelling clay.  The paper cloaks are on the right; the clay on the left.  For swords, I used Zulu knobkerries (the club head is the pommel) and some other bits of plastic.

Finally, a simple camp consisting of a tent and Lybian with a rustled cow:

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