This list covers a confederation of hill tribes on the eastern fringe of the Canaanite territories, toward the end of the second millenium BC. The source for this list is the Old Testament of the Bible, to quote Phil Barker (in fact I’ve pinched a couple his Bible quotes as well) “unreliable history but the best available”.
This army is one of a very few with an auxilia general. The figures are from Venexia Miniatures. They are a little lanky but they fit well with the descriptions and illustrations in Ancient Armies of the Near East. Venexia supplies a Star of David standard with the figures but I understand this is anachronistic and I wanted to undo the work of the Deuteronomists to some extent by giving the army an Asherah standard. Not wanting to attempt a wooden statue of a woman I went with this stylised tree, based on a design on the Canaanite Lachish Ewer.
Two warband elements represent the Simeonites and Ephraimites: “mighty men of valour”. These are Venexia figures.
Five more auxillia mean this army should rule any rough terrain they come across. The bare chested figures are Old Glory Amorites, while the rest are Venexia figures.
To round off the army there are four psiloi. The javelinmen are Gadites (“swift as roes upon the mountain”) and Issacharians. They are Old Glory Amorites again. The archers (Benjamites) are more Old Glory Amorites, and the slingers (the guys waving the salamis) are Museum Miniatures.
For the camp I’ve used the obligatory Falcon Figures Uk Ark of the Covenant. I bought some Xyston rabbis to add to it but they are giants. The levite guards’ iron helmets would be pretty rare in the period covered by this list, so they might get a repaint.
With absolutely no mounted troops at all this army seems doomed to failure, but it’s fast moving and at least the auxillia will be well supported, so we’ll have to see.