Post by paddy649 on Aug 12, 2018 11:13:36 GMT
So last October I posed the question "What is the fastest DBA 3.0 Army to paint?" I concluded that my top included III/75 Islamic Berber as "most of these figures are clad entirely in black with only hands and occasionally faces exposed. So spray black, dry brush highlights before weapons and shields. I then went on to say I'd put my money where my mouth was - so here they are....my 7th showcase army for the year.
So about this army - the figures are from Essex miniatures - my first foray with Essex - which is quite unusual for a DBA player. I bought the figures at Salute at the end of April this year and started painting them last month. So these are all new paints and from unpainted lead to what you see here they took just a smidge under 10 hours. Yep! Just 10 hours! These boys were fantastically quick to paint. Black undercoat, dry brush grey, then I used a really restrictive palette of brown, blue, silver and white. This restricted palette meant I was not wasting time opening and closing paint pots all the time. I took a bit of time on the camels because they needed it other than that the army had little decoration and was just quick. The flags were internet printouts and then I followed my usual steel bases and textured paint with the 3 colour paint over for Dry terrain troops. The end result I think is rather good - definitely looks better than 10 hours worth!
The historical accuracy of this army can be questioned - please do. I have no ideas if the black and blue colour scheme is at all realistic and the flags may be announcing anything for all I know. I didn't do much research and just tried to copy other armies on the internet. If I had my time over I'd probably have used the Donnington New Range for this army as a bit of subsequent internet surfing has convinced me that they do far nicer command and Black Guard figures. The Essex figures are good, if a trifle bland and uninspiring. They lack texture and I find that means they actually need more highlighting, or would do if they weren't black! One small problem with the running javelin thrower on one of the Psloi bases whose base broke and needed pinning.
Overall I like the camels and the general. The Black guard are effective as a unit and the Light Horse and Psloi look realistic. A nice little army for 10 hours of effort. I have no idea how this army will fight. I haven't played a game with it yet. I don't think that they'll be slouches especially I reasonably close terrain. I wouldn't want all that Psloi caught in the open though. Paul what are the stats for this army like?
The Whole Army