DBA I/06c Early Bedouin

The army arrayed

The army arrayed

The Early Bedouin army represents the various nomadic and semi nomadic tribes who occupied the arid fringes of the Levant.



There are 3 elements of camelry including the General, and one of Light Camelry. Camelry is quite good against mounted troops in DBA, but more fragile than cavalry. If the combat factors from DBMM make it into a later version of DBA then that will all change, as they are weaker in DBMM. The camelry is a mixture of Essex and Magister Militum.

Bedouin foot

Bedouin foot

The army has a useful number of auxilia and psiloi, so they can be quite annoying to a clear terrain army such as the Assyrians. If the Bedouin are defending they can place large oasis and soft sand terrain pieces which the camelry can move through as if its not there. The Bedouin foot are all from Essex Miniatures.

This is the first wargames army I painted, four years ago. I wouldn’t mind repainting the command element, to make it a little brighter. Also some camels should be painted a much lighter colour. Once I have enough figures painted for a DBMM100 army that should also mean I can field the a and b variants of the army, although without the light chariot option for the General.

2 responses to “DBA I/06c Early Bedouin

  1. These guys look great. I remember you sending me some photos of them a few years back. I particularly like the goats in the camp follower or camp element—you should add a picture of them.

    • I have a little plan for my camps. I’ll make them 8×4 cm and put the camp to one side, leaving a 4×4 empty area where the camp followers (which I’m tempted to rebase as 4×4) will sit. That means that it will look like 2 baggage elements for DBMM, whilst also being a legal camp for DBA (so long as I’m forgiven the illegal camp follower base). The goats are there because they seem to be ubiquitous in pictures on the internet of Bedouin encampments, and I figured they counted as being ‘armed civilians’. I’ll post some pictures once I’ve done the rebasing.

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