|"Saracen" horse archers in 28mm for SAGA. These are 28mm sculpts from the Perry twins.|
My efforts to complete a 28mm Saracen warband for "SAGA: Crescent and the Cross" continue. I had finished the Warlord for the warband back in the late winter, during Curt's most recent Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Now that the fall season is here, I really want to finish a four-point warband for him to lead into battle. I started with the spearmen first, as they were relatively easy, and now I have a second "point" to share - eight mounted horse archers.
|The Perrys are incredible sculptors, and they knocked it out of the park once again with these Seljuk archers - I love the fluid energy in the poses - you can imagine them riding circles around hapless Crusaders, filling the air with deadly arrows...|
|The single LBMS shield I managed is visible on the left of this photo - wish I could have done them for all the shields, but having one really nice one is still a great accent for the unit|
I have always enjoyed having a lot of broad guidance on what I'm painting, particularly when it comes to historical subjects. This might be from books, or friends, or both. But seeing as the Crusades started over a thousand years ago, there is just not that sort of "certain" historical reference that I can get with WW2 or even Napoleonics or the War of Spanish Succession etc uniforms. At some point you need to have enough confidence to just...start winging it...within some broad, accepted boundaries of course, but still winging it...there is no "codex" for the forces from a thousand years ago. So that's what I did here, just started picking different colours to see what might work.
Hence the quite diverse colours on these fellows. It does not seem like there was a "uniform" of any sort for the Turkish horse archers. The closest thing seems to be an arm band that many of the Islamic warriors wear - but these also seemed to be multi-coloured. I'm cheating and using them as a unit identifier - they are all yellow on this group, while the other colours are generally all over the place. I don't know if that is correct, but I'm going with it.
And who knows? Maybe they never wore red caps? Or white coats? I don't know. I was guessing here for just about all of this stuff. But I'm still pleased with the overall effect - they look colourful, swift and brave.
|The purple outfit is one of my favourites - when you are dressed the well, you are probable and amazing shot with the bow and arrow!|
As with the infantry, I struggled with the shields on these figures. While LBMS makes amazing shield transfers for these round shields, most of the shields themselves have studs on them which render the transfer process beyond reasonable in terms of hobby complications. That is why you only see one really nice LBMS shield in the bunch, the rest are hand-painted.
|The Saracens set off in pursuit of the foolish Crusaders...|
The starting warband I have planned for the Saracens will have a total of 25 models. With these fellows completed, that is 17 painted so far, accounting for the warlord and two "points" of warriors. The final eight models will be hearthguards, which in the Saracen warband are represented by fearsome Ghulam warriors. Hope to have some progress to share on them soon!
And go listen to Corb Lund! Just typing that makes me want to paint cavalry!