Persian Skirmishers

About 20 years ago, my Achaemenid Persians unleashed their invasion forces onto Greece, regularly facing off and being soundly repulsed by two Spartan and Athenian generals. In other words, history repeated itself.

Back then we played using the first edition of Warhammer Ancient Battles. Years later, while rarely playing or collecting historical armies, I bought Osprey’s Field of Glory, mainly to browse through the artwork and photography. Seeing as I recently felt inspired to continue work on the Achaemenids, I decided to organise them according to Field of Glory army lists and conventions. This mainly means grouping them into 80mm wide ‘bases’ (60mm is the default but I will mostly likely only ever field them against other armies of mine using the same standard) of 4 infantry or 3 cavalry.

The main reason I am revisiting the Achaemenid Persians is for painting though. The army has some paint on all the units I used to field, some being essentially finished yet quite basic, others only based with one or two main colours on.

The draw for any army of ancient Persia is surely the riot of colours and patterns in their dress, so I picked some of the initially completed figures, added some highlights and painted more patterns onto their tunics and trousers.

Four Persian archers in colourfully patterned tunics and trousers

Archers are the mainstay of the Persian army

For the horse archers, I gave the mounts a spattering of white markings. Otherwise, I think their dark reddish brown is a nice backdrop for the bright riders. So that’s 10 down and about 100 left to go to really complete the army. I think Greece can rest easy for the moment, while the King of Kings marshals his forces.

Six archers on horseback in front of an infantry battle line

Horse archers are deadly foes over open ground

Side view of three Persian horse archers in colourful tunics and trousers

Light horse forms a skirmish screen

Three colourfully dressed horse archers

Off to harass the enemy

Conquistador with Arquebus

Conquistador with arquebus

Conquistador with arquebus from Foundry Miniatures

Conquistador with arquebus

Back view showing sword

Hittite Warriors

Hittite warriors with spears

Hittite warriors with spears by Foundry Miniatures

Achaemenid Persians

Achaemenid Persian army

Achaemenid Persian army

Achaemenid Persian Immortals

Achaemenid Persian Immortals

Achaemenid Persian Sparabara

Achaemenid Persian Sparabara

Achaemenid Persian archers

Achaemenid Persian archers

Achaemenid Persian horse archers

Achaemenid Persian horse archers

Achaemenid Persian slingers

Achaemenid Persian slingers