“My prancing steeds, trained to harness, plunged into their welling blood as into a river; the wheels of my battle chariot were bespattered with blood and filth.” That’s the Assyrians for you, psychopaths with an astonishingly beautiful material culture who held an empire from Iran to Egypt.
The sharp end of the army is 4 elements of heavy chariotry. The chariots are all Essex Miniatures, but the horses are from Magister Militum, as the Essex ones are quite large. Even with the smaller Magister Militum horses they only just fit on the standard bases. The Tiglath-Pileser figure is from Museum Miniatures’ new range, which is very nice indeed.
Supporting the chariotry we have 2 elements of cavalry. These are from Essex Miniatures.
Although the Assyrian army has excellent offensive capabilities through their chariotry and cavalry, they are weak in rough terrain. There are 2 elements each of auxilia and psiloi, who provide some support, but there are also 2 slow and fragile horde elements. These represent Dikut Mati emergency levies. In DBMM they are often purchased because they increase the breaking point of the army by about 13% for only 5% of the total points value. But in DBA they are 16% of the total number of elements. The horde elements are mostly Museum Miniatures figures – they remind me a bit of an army of giant David Hasselhoffs. The remainder of the foot is mostly from Essex Miniatures, with the Syrian levy auxilia from Magister Militum.