So a few new Persian models have been painted. As usual, I kept with the low key colour-scheme that defines this army.
Ok, so the first line is absolute sarcasm. In fact, as my wife saw these particular models she was trying tactfully to tell me I was off my rocker. I believe her words were something along the lines of “Ummm, shouldn’t they be a bit more, how do I say this…subdued?”
The answer I gave her wasn’t really satisfactory until I showed this picture to her:
The small unit of archers was maybe a bit too vibrant. But, since it is colourful with the right colours it should work.
The archers do seem a bit flamboyant even beside the sparabara. I am not sure if it is the smaller base (and less ground colour) or just my garish choice of colours. Either way, this particular unit is one of two options, one that won’t see a lot of play.
A bit more drab is the second unit of psiloi. I opted for Arab nomads. I had it pointed out afterwards that Arabs would wear pants due to blowing sand. Oh well, they stand out for not looking like an acid trip.
Still, my other psiloi unit is not as garish and bright. These two units seemed to absorb light after taking pics of the archers above.
Also getting some attention was my unit of Spear. Now, I wasn’t sure what the spear could represent. In the later Achaemenid Persians the spear would be the Immortals. During this period, it is almost 100% that Immortals were sparabara (at least in my readings). So the spear would likely be Greek subjects/mercenaries. Or, I also thought that Phoenicia was conquered by the Persians by this point. So, using the Numidian helmets and Persian spears, I present Phoenician hoplites:
Although a bit crude, I am happy with the shield insignias. The left hand shield is…I have no idea to be honest. I was trying to do laurels, but after doing one I thought it looked a bit rough. But I thought, who said all shields were done by artists. It looks striking and across the table it looks good.
Also completed were the unit of Auxilia. A combination of Persian and Numidian parts, I think this unit looks very unique and striking.
Together they look like a nice contrast.
And of course the obligatory group shot.
In all, that is 7 of the 13 units for the army complete. I know the skin is rough, and I will go back to do a wash or inking at a later date to make the models pop a bit more.
Now the weird bit of trivia: what does Shazam have to do with Persians?
It can be a very complex answer or very simple, but either way, hopefully something here inspired you today.