Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mighty mounted Mongols

Next in my painted recently catch up posts are FireForge plastic Mongols (28mm).
Photographed (with an iPhone) in groups for weekly submissions to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. So yeah.... a bit of colour difference and so on.
I thought I would bunch them together here. Some of them have Torsos and arms from the Gripping Beast Arab Heavy Cavalry set.

You may have noticed that I have created a certain uniformity of duller colours. This was intentional from the start. I wanted a scheme of more or less natural looking dyes. Though Mongols acquired silk as an important part of armour it was possibly worn under garments. It is easy to keep this dull scheme by using all those WWII colours that have been acquired over time.
Life as a Mongol soldier no doubt was one of being constantly on the move and that came naturally to them from a nomadic lifestyle at birth. Living among herds of animals moved from here and there is no doubt dirty and dusty work.

Fun information....
- Mongols warriors trained for stamina. Horses bred for endurance...not speed over short distance.
- Children tied to sheep before they could walk to get used to being in the saddle.
- Animal fat is wind burn skin protection.
- Mongols had many different arrows including whistling arrows and wounding arrows.
- Each mounted Mongol was expected to have at least 5 horses each.

Cheers from Brendon (The Kiwi)


  1. Nice work Brendon. I'm just reading through Conn Iggulden's Conqueror series and am in a bit of a mood for Mongols!

    1. That series inspired me to get these Mongols. Such a good series of novels. Cheers

  2. Outstanding job, love the colors...

  3. Absolutely superb Brendon, I can almost hear the thunder of hooves from hear!

  4. Lovely muted colours really like these...

  5. Really nice work, they certainly look the part! and the choice of colours really brings them to life!

  6. Very very nice work with the brush Brendon!

  7. Thanks everyone. Very nice comments. cheers

  8. Very nice especially like the Shields. Lovely figures.

  9. Very nice especially like the Shields. Lovely figures.

  10. They look great! I love the muted colors, they look very realistic.