Saturday, December 13, 2014

III/37b Abbasid Arab

747 AD - 945 AD

DBA 2.2

Army Composition: 1 x (Gen) 3Cv, 3 x 3Cv, 3 x 6Bw, 2 x 6Bw or (1 x 4Bw or 2Ps + 1 x 4Sp) 1 x 2Lh 1 x 3Wb or 3Cv, 1 x 4Ax or 2Lh

Historical Enemies: Nobades, Blemmye or Beja, Abyssinian and Horn of Africa, Christian Nubian, Tibetan, Khazar, Thematic Byzantine, Khurasanian, Bagratid Armenian, Dynastic Bedouin and Dailami Dynasties.

The Abbasid Caliphate, was the third of the Islamic caliphates to succeed the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The Abbasid dynasty descended from Muhammad's youngest uncle, Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib. Read more Abbasid Caliphate History.....


Abbasid Caliphate to their greatest territorial expansionism 632 AD - 850 AD



This is my 100th posting :o)
A cute army to paint with a lot of "fire power/missile troops" 6 figure Bowmen bases, their job is to hold the center battle line of the army and prey their Ghulam's Cavalry (3Cv) and Light horse (2Lh) flank their opponents! The 6Bw elements should be mounted on one 40mm x 40mm bases but went for single bases instead, shields hand painted by me as usual, tried to use different light pascal colours /stripes for the infantry which look fine.... The usual flocking of the bases by me, but a different approach... I primed the Buff Fine Ballast with Ceramcoat "Flesh" acrylic colour paint put the stands aside to completely dry, the oil heater going on in the house helped dry the bases quickly...anyway... I dry brush over the flesh colour with Ivory acrylic paint and added the grass turfs ... got an interesting result, the bases look like or show "sunset or sunrise" effect? :o) what do you think guys?

Once again some photos came out a little blurry, sorry about that, perhaps I should use my good eye instead of my patched eye during photo shoots...  :o)















Amir - General (3Cv)

Ghulams (3Cv)


Abid Spearmen (4Sp)

Mercenaries (4Ax)

Abid Bowmen (4Bw)

Abid Fanatics (3Wb)

Abid Skirmishers (2Ps)




32 comments:

  1. Another great looking army Phil, and a very nice presentation...great gif!

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    1. Thank you so much Phil for your kind words and visits, appreciate your surpport as well...

      cheers,

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  2. WOW!

    This is a fantastic army! The detailing on the robes and shields is eye-catching. Did I mention the brushwork on the turbans? No? Well, that work is first rate too!

    Nice work on basing too.

    Very pretty but can they fight?

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, the Abbasid Arabs may struggle against the Thematic Byzantine forces....

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  3. Very nice, particularly like the cavalry.

    Well done,

    Phil

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    1. Thanks Phil, its no secret I really enjoy painting up cavalry figures, I don't know why just do! and the same goes for light infantry + skirmishers :o) as well...

      cheers,

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  4. Wow! Fabulous brushwork and I just realized this is your 30th DBA army. Your brush does not rest. Your robework and shields are especially droolworthy, And I really like the graphic showing the Abbasid empire rise up.

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  5. Some great detailing on these Phil, as usual. Like the map at too.

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    1. Thanks Chris, appreciate your kind words...

      cheers,

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  6. Another excellent looking army Phil! They base experiment really worked out and your graphic expansion map is a great little touch!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, I know what your thinking another "pocket army" painted! :o)
      when will it end? :o)

      cheers,

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  7. Great work, especially cavalry, and the many fine small details.
    In addition, this map is really great.

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  8. Superb painting as always, Phil. I couldn't imagine painting up so many troops wearing individual attire, and so well as you have.

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    1. I'm insane that's why! :o))
      Thanks Dean!

      cheers,

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  9. Great pictures and miniatures as usual!!

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    1. Thanks Mike! glad you like them!
      cheers,

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  11. Spectacular looking army, Phil. I was at least as much impressed by the map - barely 20 years to expand to an Empire dwarfing that of Alexander. An empire that most of us know almost nothing about - political, social, military, religious, etc A look at the territories involved suggests that this empire set things in motion that continue to play out a millennium and a half later!

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    1. I totally agree with you Pete, from 632 AD to the present, and 1,382 years later and nothing has changed...amazing..

      cheers,

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  12. Really very nice. I can feel the "call" to do some ancients after having viewed these.

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    1. I know what you mean Lawrence,
      I need a change of pace! :o) I also have a "call" to do Napoleonic's next winter month (new year) my AB 18mm figures are all cleaned,primed and ready to work on the French,Russian,Bavarian's and Spanish units.

      cheers,

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  13. Awesome work - and inspiring, too... I´m starting my Berber tomorrow :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and visit much appreciated!

      Great! looking forward to your work on the Berber's

      Happy Holidays and New Year!

      cheers,

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    2. Hi there Phil - the Berber Foot Command is ready for inspection ;) Happy New Year!

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    3. your Berber Foot Command figures look great!
      keep on brushing!

      cheers,

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  14. Thank you! Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015! :D

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    1. A happy and a safe new year to you too! ;o)

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