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Author Topic: Help with my Persian project? UPDATE 10th August  (Read 2888 times)

Offline Tim Haslam

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Re: Help with my Persian project? UPDATE 23rd july
« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2022, 09:41:21 PM »
New question concerning my minor nations in the army.

I have a box of GB plastic Arab infantry.
I fancied making some Arab levy archers for my army.

Iím thinking of using these but perhaps using some Irish heads from the Wargames Atlantic box set!
These have beards and some have braids.

Although Iím also considering the turbans in the Arab box.
What dates, roughly did the turban style head gear start to appear?
Iím assuming itís definitely pre-Islamic, as itís sensible head wear for the climate?

Accepted this ĎArabí levy unit will be a little Hollywood in style!
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Re: Help with my Persian project? UPDATE 23rd july
« Reply #31 on: August 13, 2022, 08:26:10 AM »

Although Iím also considering the turbans in the Arab box.
What dates, roughly did the turban style head gear start to appear?
Iím assuming itís definitely pre-Islamic, as itís sensible head wear for the climate?

Accepted this ĎArabí levy unit will be a little Hollywood in style!

Itís apparently a subject of some debate. The turban was widely used pre-Islam but Arabs are generally shown bare headed with long hair @nd beards. I used a bunch of generic turbaned figures for my Lakhmid Arabs for the 6th Century battle of Callininicum. There were some raised eyebrows from experts in the Society of Ancients but we compromised on calling the headgear ďheadwrapsĒ so that no bloodshed was necessary!

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Re: Help with my Persian project? UPDATE 10th August
« Reply #32 on: August 13, 2022, 12:28:05 PM »
Thanks for the input.

Weirdly the Dark Age Irish box set from Atlantic has some braided long haired heads, so I was considering using these on my Arab bodies?
Maybe mix in the odd Ďhead wrapí


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Re: Help with my Persian project? UPDATE 10th August
« Reply #33 on: August 13, 2022, 03:49:45 PM »
Here we go.
I think these work quite well actually!

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Re: Help with my Persian project? UPDATE 10th August
« Reply #34 on: August 14, 2022, 11:11:27 PM »
Those look just the ticket...

I found this image in the Montvert about the Sassanians so a bit later but still fits with more ancient descriptions:



From what I have read the Arab tribes had their own variations on identifying "national dress" based on tradition and practicality, so it is pretty easy to rationalise your own take on it...


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Re: Help with my Persian project? UPDATE 10th August
« Reply #35 on: August 15, 2022, 09:09:10 AM »
Brilliant, looks almost like a Dark Age Irish type!

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Re: Help with my Persian project? UPDATE 10th August
« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2022, 04:00:13 AM »
I agree those are some nice conversions for Kappadokians and Pre Islamic Arabs. That drawing from the Montvert is very useful. Sadly there just isn't much info on the various tribes. Also there are the Idumenarians which also are a large supply of Arab manpower. In 15mm there are lots of useful figures, but 28mm is a desert.
I would assume that there would be much variety based on regions.
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Re: Help with my Persian project? UPDATE 10th August
« Reply #37 on: August 16, 2022, 05:55:05 PM »
Cheers Jeff,
Iím really happy with the Kappadokians and how theyíve turned out.
Pictures of finished versions over on my other thread!

Arabs, well, theyíll do, itís just another levy unit to add to the horde.
Like I said a bit Hollywood.

So,
Ideas for any other levy types?
Iíve got a plan for early coastal hoplites, or marine types, a bit Archaic.

Thanks for the input guys.

 

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