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Friday, March 12, 2021

The strange pull of Book III's steppe armies

 I have finally completed what threatens to be an ever-growing morph.

The aggregated force:

This aggregate army gives me either:

III/1 Slav: Definitely III1c Southern Slav, and options to combine Vikings or Carolingian period German Knights to cover III/1a. The 1b army Western Slavs are spear-heavy, so probably not those.

III/16 Khazar: Pending the completion of a bolt-thrower, only the more mobile options.

I have put together two war-wagons as at Dec2021, so that the army will also suit III/47 Pecheneg very well.

Some close-ups

For foot troops in particular I tried to paint with a natural fiber, natural dye kind of blend. Mounted troops get more rich silk and bold type colors.

I think of this as my CvGen, all Orion minis

light horse examples from Orion

two examples of the Orion cavalry

the horde elements are mostly Orion Skythians with a few Orion Slavs

Orion Slavs feature a surprising variety of archer minis, and mixing those with other Orion minis permits a nice mixture.

Slavs left, Skythians right. The odd couple at center are Greek staff slingers from Alexander's Lights by HaT.