Elamites



One of the more interesting “Biblical” era armies (IMO), the Elamites ruled a large kingdom (or possibly two kingdoms) to the east of Babylon.  They were enemies of each of the major Mesopotamian empires until they were decisively defeated by the Assyrians and later absorbed into the Achaemenid Persian empire.

Obviously this obscure army is not produced (yet?) by any plastic figure company.  The army I created for DBA required 2-3 LCh, 1 HCh, 10 Bw, 1 LH, and 1 Ps.

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HCh (Heavy Chariot): The general’s element may be another kallipani, a dismounted Bow, or a HCh.  I decided to make a heavier kallipani  for him, with four horses, so that it could be passed off as either a LCh or HCh, much as I did with the Assyrians.  The only difference is the crew, which are HaT Roman Auxilliaries.

elamGnLH (Light Horse): The army also needs one element of skirmishing cavalry.  From what I could gather the Elamite horsemen used bows and spears.  So, my element has one of each.  The archer is an IMEX Sioux; the lancer is a HaT Cossack.

elamCvPS (Psioli): There is also a single element of skirmishing infantry, who I’ve armed with bows.  These are more HaT Macedonians.  The conversion into archers is slightly different from what did with the Mittanni infantry — the arms were moved by using a hot Xacto knife to melt a notch in their armpits and then fuse the arm into a lower position.

elamPsBw (Bows): The vast bulk of the army is archers, of course, at least 7 elements but up to 10 if the kallipanni all dismount.  These were made using Macedonians (actual archers as well as converted javelinmen) and Airfix Merry Men.  The Merry Men had their longbows trimmed down and hoods removed.  All the Elamites without helmets have had headbands added with paint, of course.  Here are a few views.  I’m particularly happy with the Airfix figures.

elamBw

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Published on December 9, 2009 at 2:39 am  Leave a Comment  

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