Friday 5 April 2024

Sassanid Persian 15mm DBA Army

Over Easter I managed to finish painting a Sassanid DBA army that I've been working on (on and off) for nearly 2 years.  Aside from being interested in the army of Shaper I itself, I'm a big fan of AB Miniatures so have worked my way through their ancient ranges (these, plus the Classical Greeks - shame that they don't do more).

The photos below show the army (Book II/69b - 225 - 493 AD) with all the options.  The Asavaran bow and lance cavalry can be swapped for elephants, horse archers, psiloi, or Dailami/Hillmen auxilia.

Shaper I at the front of his army

The slingers, levy foot (Solid Hordes in DBA) and auxiliary

Horse archers

Shapur I with the Derafsh Kaviani Royal Standard of the House of Sassan and his Cataphracts

The Asavaran cavalry host

Saturday 23 March 2024

Medieval DBA Camp

Recently finished this 15mm Medieval Tower from Baueda to serve as a baggage or camp element or a Built Up Area for medieval armies.  The tower is 40mm x 40mm at the base and can fit a 40mm x 40mm element on top.

The door is scratch-built from cardboard and metal.  Some Medieval Swiss 15mm figures on top for scale.

Saturday 20 January 2024

Great Sumerian Revolt 15mm DBA Army

Recently finished an Early Sumerian DBA army - a Xmas present from Andy - from the lovely Museum Miniatures 'Z' range.  This is the first army list in the DBA Book, representing the northern coalition army of the 'Great Revolt' of Sumer against Akkad in 2250BC, led by Ipkhur-Kishi of Kish.  I particularly like the proto-chariot 'battle cars' and 'straddle cars' drawn by asses rather than horses (which equate to knights and cavalry in DBA terms).  The figures are painted in acrylics and gloss varnished.  The baggage element is scratch-built.

The army with options

The baggage element mini-ziggurat

Solid Bow

Slingers (Psiloi)

Ipkhur-Kishi of Kish in his Battle Car

Straddle Cars (equivalent to Light Chariots or Cavalry)

Levy Foot (Solid Hordes)



Sunday 5 November 2023

League of Constance 15mm DBA Army

My stock of Mirliton Miniatures also allowed me to field a League of Constance Army.  This is one of the Later Swiss variants (Book IV, 79c) and depicts the army under Duke Rene of Lorraine, Victor of the battle of Nancy in 1477 where he smashed the Burgundians under Charles the Bold.

This army combines pike and (one) blade, with knights, including a double-based knights element.

Duke Rene of Lorraine leads his host

The heavy foot - Swiss and Alliance Pikemen and Halberdiers from Basel dressed in black and white

The general and his French volunteer knights in the foreground and Knights from Basel in the background

Later Swiss 15mm DBA Army

Finally managed to finish a 15mm Later Swiss DBA army (list: Book IV 79a).  This has been a very long time in the making.  The figures are from Mirliton Miniatures, bought originally for the Field of Glory rules a few years ago.  I have opted for the double-based fast Blade option (6Bd) - not least because it allowed me to paint more flags!

The full army: Pike General plus 3 Pike, 2 Psiloi, and 6 double-based Fast Blade Halberdiers

The central stand was originally designed to be a Field of Glory General but is now a Fast Blades.

The flags are (from left to right) the cantons of Zug, Schwyz, Berne and Zurich

The General (Pike) with the canton flags of Schaffhausen and Oberwald, with skirmishing crossbowmen (Psiloi)

Monday 1 May 2023

Trojan 15mm DBA Army

Not much time for painting so far this year, but I did manage to finish a Trojan 15mm DBA army which Andy kindly bought me for Xmas.  The figures are the new 'Z' range by Museum Miniatures (with the addition of one Essex miniatures base).  The Heroes in their light chariots dismount to fight as Blades. Just need some Achaeans now to oppose them.  And a suitable baggage/camp element.

The whole army, with alternate elements

Hector in his chariot


Light Chariots (count as Cavalry in DBA)

The dismounted Heroes - Blades in DBA

The light troops - Archers and Slingers - plus Sarpedon's Lycians (Fast Blades)