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madaxeman07 Apr 2021 2:41 p.m. PST

With the Cyrus' Mobile Tower having languished in the drawer since before Xmas last year, and with plenty of cavalry and ancilliary troops all done, finally the Early Persian army gets the core of it's troops – the Immortals and Sparabara – ready for the imminent release of Version 4 of the L'Art de la Guerre Ancients rules !

For these guys I have managed to fit between 12-14 figures on each 40x40mm ADLG infantry unit base, leaving a gap at the front as well so the rear ranks are really crowded with archers. I also followed up on my numerous "wallpaper" experiments with wallpapering the pavises of the Sparabara to make them more colourful and personalised – as usual just ssearching for "Persian Patterns" on Pinterest and Google

My theory was that no-one really knows what they looked like, so why wouldn't they go personalised on the designs?! From the rear you can really see how they have been crammed in, using a variety of the Museum poses and equipment sets too

From the back you can see the real mix of Contrast and normal paints I used, as well as some of the very basic "spots and lines" patterns – with the figures this densely packed it is all about the mass effect, even though many of the patterns are not ones that would stand up to independent scrutiny!

I wanted two bases to act as Immortals, and dithered about with how to represent them, finally chooing a unique, pointed-top spara and a common, 'posh-looking' design – after I stumbled on the design online. I also added the standard bearers and musicians to the bases to make them even more obvious from the back as well

I think they fit quite nicely with the Pendraken Mobile Tower I finished before Christmas – also with "wallpaper"

More photos online at link

Colonel Bogey07 Apr 2021 2:44 p.m. PST

Wonderful – the wallpapering has certainly worked!

Legionarius07 Apr 2021 4:41 p.m. PST

All I can say is wonderful! Great work. The wallpaper really gives the Persians an air of sophistication. They were certainly an international empire that incorporated the best of several millenia of Middle Eastern culture. To the Hellenes they were "barbaroi" only because they were not Hellenes but Persians were culturally and military very advanced. Your painting and basing certainly does them justice. Cheers!

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2021 5:21 p.m. PST


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2021 5:26 p.m. PST

Great work, and I really like the full bases.

skedaddle Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2021 10:32 a.m. PST

Those look amazing. I'm going to have to borrow the idea of designs for my persians.

MichaelCollinsHimself08 Apr 2021 11:46 p.m. PST

…absolutely the snazziest fighting tower ever you can`t go wrong wuth blue and gold !

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