Thursday, September 18, 2014

IV/45 Mamluk Egyptian

1250 AD - 1517 AD 

DBA 2.2

Army Composition: 1 x (General) 3Cv, 6 x 3Cv, 2 x 2Lh, 1 x 2Ps, 1 x 2Ps or 3Wb or 3Ax, 1 x 7Hd or 2Lh.


Historical Enemies: Nobades,Blemmye or Beja, Christian Nubian, Seljuq Turk, Cilician Armenian, Syrian, Later Crusader, Lusignan Cypriot, IIkhanid, Anatolian Turkoman, Ottoman, Order of St.John, Jalayirid, Timurid and "Sheep" Tukomans.


Historical Brief Notes: The 
Mamluks were an "organized union" of slave soldiers, originally Kipchaks but mainly Circassians, a North Caucasian "Turkic" ethnic groupconverted to Islam made themselves indispensable, they seized political power and appointed their own sultans. Only the Royal Mamluks were trained thoroughly and drilled. The halqa were elite non-mamluk cavalry recruited from Arabs, native Egyptians and the sons of MamluksThe cavalry seem or may have been lightly armored horse archers and some as traditional lancers. The halqa in Syria outlasted the 13th century as a competent fighting force, those in Egypt having deteriorated into undisciplined home defense infantry archers.... anyway on to the figures..

Painting Notes: A nice cavalry army to command with 9 to 10 cavalry elements this army has mobility to attack your opponent flanks. The Mamluk cavalry (player) should avoid facing enemy foot archers (Bw) or else the Mamluks will certainly be shot out of their horses! Painted this army with my usual middle east/Islamic color schemes and hand painted shields. It seems I need to purchase a new camera, regardless using my photo software editor my photos still come out dark... oh well... :o)



Army Arrayed














General (3Cv)




Elite Cavalry (3Cv)








Halqa Arab Cavalry (3Cv)








Light cavalry (2Lh)










Auxilia (3Ax)




Warband (3Wb)






Skirmishers (2Ps)








Militia (7Hd)









23 comments:

  1. Great Army. I love in particular the command group and wb.

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    1. Thanks Mark much appreciated for your kind words!

      cheers

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  2. Another very nicely painted army.

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    1. Thanks Dan much appreciated....

      cheers

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  3. A riot of colors! If I played DBA, I'd want to run this one. It really looks like fun with all the cavalry!

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    1. If I played DBA, I would want a few of Phil's armies!

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    2. You may indeed sir.. ;o) Thanks Monty

      Any time you wish to play with my DBA armies Jonathan ;o) let me know!..

      cheers,

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  4. Outstanding Phil, I like the Flag particularly. I really am getting the bug for 15s now!
    Cheers
    Chris

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    1. Thanks Chris, you (and others) got me back into 28's so returning the favor to you (start on your 15's)
      :o) cheers,

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  5. Beautiful brushwork! Shields and flags are especially nice.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, your welcome to use my DBA armies any time! :o)

      cheers,

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  6. Your really on a roll! looks just great!

    Christopher

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  7. Your high production rate is matched by your high quality work, Phil. I like cavalry use in games - not that I'm a good general, but I enjoy the longer movements they have over infantry - particularly with missile fire. My favorite cav in WAB is a Szekeler unit that has all the bells and whistles to make them a formidable skirmish unit. Best, Dean

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    1. I agree with you Dean, love to command/run cavalry or light horse armies. I like the idea of moving in quickly with cavalry and cause "damage" and also to pull out double time to avoid catastrophe results on my cavalry units and it usually happens facing enemy missile troops - archers/bowmen.... :o)

      Thanks Dean all the best,
      cheers,

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  8. Great work Phil, I particularly like the hand painted shields!

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    1. Thanks Mike, yeah I prefer to paint my shields....thanks again
      cheers,

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  9. A great job.
    Others tell their favorites.
    I like Halqa riders

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    1. Thanks Maximex for your kind words, I like what I did to the cavalry as well...

      cheers,

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  10. Gorgeous army; nice work as usual, Phil!

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    1. Thanks Peter, all the best to you sir!
      love your 25mm 28mm Napoleonic's!

      cheers,

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  11. Your production rate vs production quality is absolutely first rate. Depressingly so actually !!!!

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  12. :o)

    Sir, my apologies for being so depressingly to you, you see, when I was kid I enjoyed eating paint chips, thus the speed painting of my armies/miniatures... ;o)

    Thanks Matt, love your painting style and collection of miniatures you have at your blog.

    cheers,

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