DBA I/28 Sea Peoples is the first army I’ve completed as part of my Sea Peoples Project for Big Base DBA.
First up is the full array. All 12 elements: 1 x LCh, 8 x Bd, 3 x Ps. I didn’t go for the Auxilia (Ax) option because I don’t know what they represent.
I’ve opted to have the General as a Light Chariot (LCh) element rather than a Blade (Bd). The chariot element has two chariot models with two horses and three crew. One of the crews is Sherden and the other Peleset.
The majority of the army are Peleset, the guys with reed hats. I’ve got four elements of Peleset Blade (Bd) and three elements of skirmishers (Ps).
The skirmishers (3 x Ps) are also Peleset. Two elements of archers and one element of javelinmen. Not that it makes a difference in DBA but it does mean I get more variety of figures – something I always look for.
A couple of the elements are Sherden (otherwise known as Shardana). These are the guys with horned helmets behind the Peleset skirmishers. The Sherden are also Blade (Bd). Technically these would be the 4Bd guys in normal DBA and the other heavy infantry would be 3Bd but as it makes no difference to DBA, and there is no basis in history for this, I’ve ignored the distinction. Heavy infantry is heavy infantry to me.
People with Swept Back Hair
The third contingent in the standard Sea Peoples array don’t have a tribal name – they are just the “People with Swept Back Hair”. Says it all really. Again they are behind the Peleset skirmish line.
Martin Boulter from Silurian Wargames Limited painted the Sea Peoples. He uses a style that is similar to the Black Undercoat Method of painting but uses more shades. For example on the flesh he uses a mid brown base layer then does highlights in flesh tones. Really makes the musculature stand out.
The majority of figures are from Essex Miniatures and Chariot Miniatures (now owned by Magister Militum). I used a few Museum Miniatures figures to increase the variety. Museum are big and chunky compared to the others but the effect within a mixed stand looks alright to me.
I based and flocked them. Each infantry base is 80mm wide and 40mm deep; 12 figures for heavy infantry and four figures for light infantry. There are two chariot models on a 80mm wide by 60mm deep base.
2 thoughts on “Steven’s Sea Peoples for Big Base DBA”
What a brilliant idea! I’ve gone through a number of ancient sets and now I’ve come full circle back to DBA! Big bases are a great development though!
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Glad you like the idea Mike. Let me know if you experiment with big bases.