Tuesday, February 5, 2013

More Colonial Sudan - Madhist Armoured Emir and Cavalry

Death to the colonial oppressors! 
Another colonial Sudan entry for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. This is a group of Madhist cavalry led by an armoured emir and his standard bearer. The figures are all from the Perry Brothers' amazing Colonial Sudan collection.

Armoured emir, with cloth barding
Another view of the barding and the chain mail
Cool armour - not sure it stops a round from a Martini-Henry...
The emir and the standard bearer are riding horses clad in a cloth barding that is quite unique - you can still see contemporary examples of it online from festivals/celebrations in various parts of Africa today.  I tried to copy the example from the Perry Brothers' product listing on their site (the paint job on that site is obviously much, much nicer).

Standard bearer riding high - banner allegedly says something about serving god, but it may say "up with Queen Victoria's skirt!" for all I know...
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Baggara tribesmen

Rider with a "liberated" Remington rifle

The other riders are armed with a mix of spears and Remington breech-loader rifles, likely captured from one of the multiple Egyptian expeditions crushed by the Madhi's troops as his rebellion took hold of the Sudan.
I experimented with a new macro lense for a couple of these pictures 

I almost went cross-eyed painting the cloth barding on the emir and the standard bearer, but I was pleased with the result.  The Madhists will now have a nice, scary looking leadership focal point the next time we get the Sudan figs out on the table!


Chuckaroobob said...

Wow! Nice paint! I'm lucky I can paint square patches on Sudanese guys!

el frances said...

Very, very, very, very nice looking !

Ray Rousell said...

Great colours Greg!

Jason Meyers said...

Amazing job on these!