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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Mutatawwwi'a for Saga

This project started with 48 Footsore Arabs in my painting queue. I was looking for a way to put them on the table and looking through Saga's Age of Crusades book, I saw the Mutatawwi'a got a much-improved battleboard. I painted the warriors using the Andrea Color Black Set of 6 dropper bottles starting with black and 5 progressively brighter highlights. You don't have to use all 5 highlights.  I used a black base and 2-3 highlights and highly recommend this set.
The 48 warriors in the center are all Footsore. I asked them for a specific mix of shield types in my order which they sorted at no cost. The shields are shield transfers by Little Big Man Studio. I originally painted the spears in a dark red but the monochromatic effect was bland.  I repainted them with a bright red to give the army some pop. I had a bit of trouble photographing this bunch due to all the black. Take a look at how different they look under different lighting.

The 8 slightly large Hearthguard fellows in the front rank are Gripping Beast (GB) Mutatawwi'a.  The warlord on foot is Footsore and the mounted warlord is Perry.
These 24 archers can be used as warrior archers or as 2 levy archer units for my Moors.  They're a mix of GB Mutatawwi'a metals and their plastic Arabs. I greenstuffed face coverings to the metals here and elsewhere to keep consistent, fanatical look.

GB Mutatawwi'a camel riders. In keeping with "taking the black," I did the saddle/pillow rugs in black.  I do love the look of camels so after painting these, I bought some more. 
Warlord Games Roman Imperial camel riders modified for the Crusader era. I dremeled away the Scutums and added appropriate Crusader-era shields.



12 hearthguard on camels plus a warlord too makes for a unique look for these Mutts. And I already got them on the table! Here at the finish line, I'm burned out on painting black and looking forward to my next project, Komnenian Byzantines.






30 comments:

  1. Wow, these look splendid! I love painting black... maybe I should paint some of these buggers for myself

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  2. Beautiful camels Monty, well done!

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    1. We think alike! The Mutts are the only warband that can field camels in such numbers so I have to give it a go under the "rule of cool."

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  4. Impressively beautiful brushwork again, Monty.

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  5. That is a great Warband, I love the black. Terrific job.

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    1. Thanks John! We play a lot of the same games. Wish I lived close enough to join in the fun.

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  6. Great army, Monty! Waiting for reports about their victories 8)

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    1. Thanks Klingula! The Mutt board is a bit tricky but has some great plays. I just need some time to get a handle on it.

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  7. Monty, these are simply amazing. Lovely bit of conversion work with the veils, and the repurposed Dromedarii really look the business. Wonderful work, Sir!

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    1. Thanks so much Evan! Now that my painting has slowed down, I can spend the time doing conversions to make a warband unique. With a little work, my Byz should be very unique thanks to all the plastic kits available.

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  8. Looking great there Monty, also must say I find the new Mutts battleboard is far better than the old one.
    Looking forward to seeing the Byz force.

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    1. Mark, thanks! Yes, they're much better this go round. :-)

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  9. Amazing. The red is a great pop. Really good work. Excellent technique with the black. Black can be tricky to photograph in my experience. I am sure they look even better in real life. A real show stopper. Cheers

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    1. This! I really struggled with getting some decent photos. Some day I need to put down the brush and learn to be better with a lens.

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  10. Fantastic colours and paintjobs!

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