Thursday 16 February 2023

The Nabatæan

Focusing on Imperial Rome of the 1st and 2nd century, the Nabataean make an interesting addition to the collection. During the reign of Aretas IV Philopatris and earlier, the Nabataean protected the caravan routes south and east of Judea and as friend of Rome, supported Varus in his campaign against the Jews in 4 BC.

Later, during the reign of Tiberius, Aretas IV campaigned in Judea against Herod Antipas prompting the later to appeal to Rome to intercede. In response, the then governor of Syria, Lucius Vitellius the Elder had planned to attack Aretas (37 AD). The untimely death of Tiberius suspended any further invasion plans.

The miniatures

From the sale of several Roman other armies, a good quantity of elements remained over. Searching the list of Rome's enemies, the Nabataean could be assembled without the purchase of new figures.

All are Old Glory miniatures and were refurbished without removing them from their original bases.  Given a darker shade of their original colour, highlights and details were better seen, such as quivers and shields. A royal banner was added to the general’s element to complete the collection. 

A camel guard will be added at a later date.

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