Wednesday 27 December 2017

Old Kingdom Egyptians

These 15mm figures are Gladiator miniatures, now offered by Black Hat Miniatures UK, were purchased a few weeks ago. I am very impressed with them as they are superb and well detailed figures. Each infantry type comes in different poses and for gamers who like mixing manufacturers, they are similar in height to Old Glory, but bases are not quite as thick.

Further, the metal is not as soft as that used by Old Glory but I was able to separate weapons from figures to better animate the pose. In DBA 3, I/2a the Early Egyptian (3000 BC – 1690 BC) lists all infantry with the ‘b’ sub-list introducing the chariot for Pharaoh or the usurper to ride in. Other than the command element, the army lists are identical offering the same options.

The camp in the background is a simple embankment made form Milliput and covered with a white glue and sand mix. Inhabiting the camp are extra figures supplied from the Old Kingdom Egyptian command pack. 

Black Hat Miniatures will return after the holiday and I plan to purchase more Biblical figures and add the Hyksos, Nubian and a 2nd Old Kingdom Egyptian to the collection. The second command of Egyptians is added so civil wars could be played out as was prevalent during the period of the Old and Middle Kingdom. Alternatively, the two Egyptian commands can be paired together to fight the Hyksos with Libyan allies for a double sized battle. 


  1. Glad to see this kind of army, they look beautiful...

  2. Thank you Phil,

    I plan to keep the Biblical collection within the time frame of 3000 BC to 1500 BC. Plenty of infantry armies with the odd chariot use to transport the general about.

    If and when Eureka release their Sumerian range, I will add those as well.

  3. They look great, I really must get my Early Egyptian DBA army done, I've had the figures for years.

  4. They really do look the part. It's nice to see a really early Egyptian army!

  5. Thanks.

    I tried a different technique with these. The skin colour was mixed and painted first. This was followed by mid-grey for the kilt. The weapons were next followed by hair, a mix of black and mid-grey.

    The kilts were highlighted white in straight brush strokes leaving the grey exposed to form the deeper recess of a fold. Hair was dry brushed lightly with mid-blue mixed with grey.

    The muscle areas were highlighted a lighter shade (adding more white) then used a ‘wash’ over the skin which pooled nicely in the recessed areas of the body, head and fingers.

    Actual time spent painting was much less than before, but I spread the work over a three day period to allow the paint to thoroughly dry and to give some thought about the next step.