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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Dailami Allies

I finished the core of my Dailami army last December and here's the rest. First up are Bedouin allies. The Bedouin ally commander can only attach to Bedouin troops in Field of Glory.  I painted the Bedouin units in black as a visual cue to help keep them together. In 15mm, that means a black basecoat followed by 2 highlights of grey.

Bedouin Light Horse:  The role of light horse on a battlefield is generally to skirmish and delay.  The role of Bedouin lancers is to run down enemy lights and destroy them.  Tough fellows!

Bedouin Slingers:  Nothing fancy here.  Just slingers, annoying other troops on the battlefield.

Bedouin Archers:  The Old Glory website suffers from the fact that they don't post up pictures of all of their figures.  As a result, I was surprised when I pulled these fellows from the box. They're either Bedouin slaves or men who eschew robes and turbans.

Next are the Ghazis.  Ghazi means "to raid" in Arabic.  Ghazis warriors depended on plunder for their livelihood and were prone to looting during peacetime.  Not a good way to impress your employer!

Ghazis Foot:  These fellows are medium impact foot.
Ghazis Cavalry:  Lancer armed, these fellows will be tough at impact.
Ghilman Cavalry:  Ghilman were slave-soldiers who served in Muslim armies from the 9th century on. Trained and educated, they could earn their freedom through dedicated service.  They're equally good with the bow and sword.



Kurdish Lancers: The history here is a bit thin but 11th century Kurdish cavalry are shown and described as wearing armor, helmet, robes, light lance, sometimes sword and shield, and sometimes bow. That's all I've got on these fellows!

I could not find armored Arab lancers on the Old Glory website so I took Ghilmen figures, trimmed their swords and drilled out the right foot to mount spears.  Presto!  Armored lancers.







Camp:  Baueda tent and supplies with Old Glory figures and cart. With this, the Dailmi army is finished.

53 comments:

  1. Monty! That is the most stunning 15mm army I have seen! Simply amazing work. Are you keeping this one or does it go up on the auction block?

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, that is very kind. I painted the Dailami for myself but our FoG group is focused on the Republican Rome era. As a result, these fellows were doomed to sit. When I was selling my ancient Spanish, I got an offer on the Dailami as well. They'll be going to one of the top US FoG players where they'll get heavy rotation and travel abroad. I really like that.

      Painting the Dailami has lit a fire for me to paint an Arab army in 28mm this year. Just looking for an opportunity to join you and many others in the endeavor!

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    1. Phil, I did go through your Arab conquest army for shield ideas. Painting like that is really hard work!

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  3. Very nice! I like the bright colors, and the way your are using them. Should be a fun army to play with.

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    1. Thanks Brent! I have my eye on the next SAGA supplement for the Crusades. I'd love to do an Arab army in 28mm. Of course, you already have both lovely Arab and Crusader armies on hand.

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    1. Thanks Tamsin! Your star fleet post was epic in size and scope!

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  5. That is a beautiful army, Monty - lots and lots of character

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    1. Thanks Caliban! It is nice to be able to go with a very bright palette!

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  6. Excellent Monty! My favourite is the cavalry, you've done a wonderful, colored job with these units, love the camp too, the Baueda tent is a fabulous example of what you manage to do with bright colors...and your Ghazis'foot and archers are just great! Beautiful, beautiful! I forgot : excellent job on the basement too!
    Best,
    Phil.

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    1. Thanks Phil for your very kind words! I was very happy with the way the tent turned out.

      Now if only I were clever enough to tell an "animated" tale with them. ;-)

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  7. Very, very impressive army, Monty! And quite a wake up call for me after seeing all of your Dark Age work recently. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean! It is a treat to go wild with color. Now if I could do this in 28mm, that would be fun!

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  8. Very, very, very nice Monty. I hope they will be efficient.

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    1. Thanks Seb! I really like your Longstreet force. If you haven't tried it already, I do think you'll like that game!

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  9. Fabulous work Monty! I'm totally amazed by your speed and quality.

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    1. Thanks Moieterei! To be fair, I've had these going for over 2 weeks in the background. ;-)

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  10. Excellent painting work !! I like the colours you've used.
    the vignette in the last picture is my preferred set !

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    1. Thanks Sam! Every camp is a bit of a challenge. It's simple but I do quite like how it turned out.

      You have a very busy painting table, Sam!

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  11. Hi, Monty,

    perfect ! they are perfect!
    speed! quality! quantity!

    Congratulations!

    Cheers.

    Gilles

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    1. Speed, quality and quantity, the new triumvirate?

      Thanks Gilles!

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    2. LOL ! ;-)

      Ave Monty, morituri te salutante !

      gillius " half roman, half polish, half French:-)"

      PS: three halves, five quarters;-) "

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  12. Another super-duper, technicolour unit. Your table-top must be a riot of colour!

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    1. Thanks Johnny! The Dailami do bring the color. And your Borodino game was epic.

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  13. Now that is a beautiful looking army! Very impressive.

    Steve

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    1. Thanks Yorkie! I'm really enjoying your WW II painting of late. Camo in 15mm is um, crazy.

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  14. Wow, you must have used every colour in the box and then some!

    It's good to see that these chappies will be getting your work some overseas RT exposure, but I can't help but think that it must be hard to part with such terrific examples of your craft!

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    1. Ev, thanks!

      I do paint almost every night and on weekends so I'd have no trouble painting up "x" for myself. For me, I must have an opportunity to bring my painted work to the tabletop. If I don't, then it bothers me that my work is languishing in a box. I know that sounds odd and I can live with that label! ;-)

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  15. Shockingly poor effort as usual Monty! Those converted Ghilman figures look particularly dire ;-) Can't wait to see how the 28mm stuff goes. You must be quietly pleased that these chaps will be travelling the globe for their new owner, but as Ev above says, I don't know how you can part with them :)

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. LOL, Aaron!

      That is the upside. If I can paint up an Arab army in 28mm, that would be sweet!

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  16. Superb painting and your basing really makes them stand out.

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    1. Thanks Silver!

      I have a friend who is building out a CoC force, I can't wait to give it a try later this year. Your posts on it are superb and inspiring.

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  17. Oh, these look great Monty! Nice mix of colours all through the units, and the bases make them stand out.

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    1. Thanks Jonas! I have to give props to MacPhee for the basing method and also Phil for his suggestion of "lighter is better." Thanks fellows!

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  18. Lovely bright colors! Excellent work yet again Monty!

    Christopher

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  19. Gorgeous figures Monty - that is a Bedouin army to be proud of!

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    1. Thanks Cyrus! Maybe I can do a Byzantine & enemies run in the future!.

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  20. Brilliant work, Monty. Brilliant as in talented and as in colourful.
    I quite agree with you, I hate to think of so much work sitting in a box. Minis are meant to be played with. I hope this army gets the table time it deserves.
    Cheers,
    MP

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    1. Thank you very much, Padre! I appreciate that.

      Since our club is pretty strong in it's preference, I'll just paint up another army in period.

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  21. Once again, wonderfully painted army and amazing output!
    Regards
    derFigurenschieber

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  22. Very business like Monty nicely done.

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    1. Thanks Tarty! Can't wait to see what you have going next for Impetus.

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  23. i like them
    very good painting veru colorfull !
    very inspiring, i like the lighter is better
    marco

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    1. Thanks Marco! I'm enjoying your Fire and Sword painting too.

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