Wednesday, 30 September 2020

OGAM Egyptian Armies

Egyptian themed games are common, but up to this year the choice of figures has been – not good. This article deals with using mostly Splintered Light for Of Gods And Mortals. The second version will be Of Hoards And Armies. But that's not the end of it! You can use the figures for Paleo Diet (the animals) and Paleo Pulp. Let's not forget Rogue Stars and any other Stargate or Dr Who themed game. Finally Fastus Furios's Fun Fantasticus.

Suggest you open this for reference:

David (Davids, of course, rule) decided that 2020 was going to be his Egyptian year. Be warned! We've only had one plague so far! His approach to Kickstarters is worth noting: affordable, quick plus the figures go into regular production.

Honourable mentions:

Heroes & characters. This pack screams out for most to be chariot mounted.

Skeletons. There is a wealth of old Egyptian models available, have a good rummage! Note- the undead chariot and the undead Egyptian chariot are very similar. The spare skeleton mounts are ideal for converting other chariots.

I'm going to plug one pack. The ability to field mummies of the troops present gives that extra look.

The Shops where we buy the equipment:

Gods of Aegyptus can supply the bulk if you're creative. Ironically their 28/32mm scenic items just work in 15mm, if a bit small-.

Magister Millenium have a nice but small range that fits well size wise with Splintered Light. Have a good look, they tend to be better armoured. Nice cat drawn chariot.

Irregular Miniatures have animals plus nice Africans in their Colonial ranges.

CP miniatures, RPE & Rebel have mummies and skeletons, all which will fit in size wise.

Croms Anvil have nice scenics & some nice figures plus jackals.

Alternative Armies have scorpions and some monsters. Their skeletons are too big.

Peter Pig for true 15mm regular figures. Crocs hidden in the Modern Africa ranges.

Old Glory have a good range of regular troops, these will probably be slightly bigger than Splintered Light?

Their Deep, Dark Africa and Horror ranges are worth a look.

RPE has 1 pack of Egyptian, mummies, plus large dung beetles & scorpions.

Museum Miniatures has a great range, the chariots & figures are bigger than Peter Pig & Splintered Light. Check out the pack donkeys & other scenics/accessories.

A quick word on Egypt, a land of contrasts. Well, 4. High desert to the north. Marsh and the river deltas to the South and “bits inbetwix”. Rural, settlements with fields, houses & roads. Urban, large cities & towns. So Desert, Delta, Rural & Urban. Different gods have different home ranges.

The Gods of OGAM, matching with Splintered Light.

Standard Egyptian chariot Q4 C2 Mounted, Shooter Long, Long move. @ 29. The chariot mounted archer is iconic. I can understand why a 28mm force might not want them as a regular mortal force.

Bast/Bastet/Sekmet. Cat and or Lioness goddess. Urban and Rural southern Egypt.

Allies Ra, Hathor and Isis. Enemies snakes.

Good selection here, a few elven figures could be sneaked in -. Got to be lots of loose organised units OR highly regimented phalanxes of pussies. The only god I wouldn't field mummies with. Most of these are standard types but I'd consider changing to Q5 C3 at no points change.

A “mundane” human force, Ptah's followers would seem to be a reasonable ally as light infantry & slaves as the archers. Plus a Ptah figure a Legend. Human headed sphinx?

Thoth god of the moon, reckoning, learning & writing. Urban and Rural southern Egypt.

Aliies Osirus, Isis. Enemies Seth.

A “mundane” human force. Human headed sphinx? The Thoth guards fit into the Elite listing. Ptah's followers would seem to be a reasonable ally light infantry & slaves as the archers. Plus a Ptah figure a Legend.

Horus god of kingship and the sky. All areas.

Full army available. Most fit into the book, but chariots, cavalry and gryphons need looking at. These are wingless lion/eagle hybrids.

Gryphon chariots. Q4 C3 Mounted, Shooter Long, Long move, Dashing. @ 41

Gryphon cavalry. Q4 C3 Mounted, Long move, Dashing @ 34

Gryphons. The Lions stats should suffice, but you could add Forester @ 2.

If fielding the Pharaoh as a Legend then the sons of Nekhbet would be a good match as an elite bodyguard.

Isis, Osirus, Hathor. Enemy Set.

Anubis God of the dead. All terrain, but mostly the cities of the dead.

Full army available. Most fit into standard forms, but the

Chariot General Legend Q3 C3 Mounted, Long move, Dashing. @ 98

Chariots Q4 C3 Mounted, Shooter Long, Long move. @ 37

Greater jackal pack Q4 C2 Greedy, Dashing. @22.

Jackal beasts Legends Q3 C2 long move, Dashing. @32.

Anubis is associated with his brother Wepwawet another Egyptian 

god portrayed with a dog's head or in canine form, but with grey or 

white fur (a large wolf would suffice). Stealing Fenrir from the Norse

 list @ 104.

Anubis' female counterpart is Anput who could be a Legend based on his stats with half points.

His daughter is the serpent goddess Kebechet All of which would 

make interesting legends. One of those snake bodied Medusa (thanks

 Harry-) would be ideal. If fielding her then the Sons of the Snake 

would fit in here.

Sons of the Snake Q4 C3 Desert walk, Stealth @ 28

The Beast of Amut If the heart of the dead was judged to be not pure, 

Ammit would devour it. Definitely a Legend. Q3 C3 Amphibious, 

Armoured, Big @ 80

Set god of deserts, storms, disorder, violence, and foreigners. Desert.

Full army available. Most fit into mundane types.

Sons of Set hounds. Q4 C2 Animal, Dashing, Desert walk, Long move @ 27. Not hard to imagine these accompanying chariots. One pose just fits Museum Miniatures chariot, so I made an alternative Pharoh:

Pharaoh of Upper Egypt Legend. Q3 C3 Shooter (long) Long move, Desert walk @ 94

Set monsters. Legends. Q3 C2 Animal, Big, Dashing, Desert walk, Long move @ 62.

The Snake Beast or serpopard (half serpent, half leopard or lion) has a tenuous link to Set, so would make an interesting Legend. Q3 C3 Combat master, Desert walk, Stealth @ 90.

If that isn't enough, there's the Sons of The Skorpion

Skorpion Pharoh Legend.

Skorpion Champion Legend

Skorpion Priestess Legend

Skorpion Sons

Enemies Osirus, Isis., Horus

Osirus God of fertility, agriculture, afterlife, the dead, resurrection, life, and vegetation who granted all life, including sprouting vegetation and the fertile flooding of the Nile. Marsh and river deltas, “bits inbetwix”. Rural.

I'd add the Sons of Khnum (was regarded as the guardian of the source of the Nile River.) here.

Anubis here's where your undead fit. Most fit the normal list, but +3 for being undead. Considering armies with lots of archers-. Urban.

Risen Pharoh Legend Q3 C2 Dashing, Undead, @ 54 (I cannot see these going fast, but I can see them smashing in a formation to ruin)

Undead chariots Q4 C2 Dashing, Undead @ 22.

Ally Sobek,

Enemy Set.

Isis the divine mother of the pharoh. Healing spells and a role in royal rituals and rites. All areas.

I'd suggest a “mundane” army that includes a Pharoh. A few magician types would fit. Considering Cleopatra worshipped & dressed like her, you could add Greek Phalangites or Roman Legionaries. Ceasar or Anthony as a Legend!

Allies Osirus, Hathor.

Enemy Set.

The one that got away. I've included a few of the lesser gods, but there was one notable absence from the list. A bit like leaving out Odin or Zeus. You're probably aware of the “mix n match” nature of the Egyptian gods, so you can upgrade to Amon Ra or even Amon Zeus.

Amon. Egyptian deity who was revered as king of the gods. Amon’s name meant the Hidden One, and his image was painted blue to denote invisibility. This attribute of invisibility led to a popular belief during the New Kingdom in the knowledge and impartiality of Amon, making him a god for those who felt oppressed. Represented in human form, sometimes with a ram’s head, or as a ram. All areas,

Amon. Q2 C4 Confound, Protection, Shadowform, Tremble before my might @ 296. as Amon Ra add Burt of light @ 20

I'm using the first kickstarter for this force, the Sons of the Scarab plus the ram headed Sons of Khnum as elite shock troops or officers. Most fit into the usual mundane catagories

Beast Legend Q3 C4 Armoured, Big, Combat master @ 114

Cavalry Q4 C3 Armoured, Steadfast, Long move @ 38

Mutants Q4 C2 Armoured, Steadfast, @ 22

Ptah was the chief deity of the ancient city of Memphis. The creator of all things and the patron of various crafts, such as sculpting and metalworking. Don't dismiss him. One of the 4 army corps at Qadesh was named after him. Most people were farmers or artisans, so a large part of the urban population would fall under his sphere.

Ptah as legend or god. Q3 C1 Hammering blow, Smithy. Legend 50. God 100. There's a nice figure here that would fit:

This is the only god I'd give all 3 sphinxes to.

At Memphis he belonged to a group of three deities that included Bast/Sekhmet and Nefertum. (Nefertem represented both the first sunlight and the delightful smell of the Egyptian blue lotus flower, having arisen from the primal waters within an Egyptian blue water-lily. So about as useful a legend as a spoon.)

Sobek god of the river Nile. As a Legend Q3 C4 Amphibious, Animal mastery, Group fighter, Hammering blow, Huge @ 136. as god: Q2 C4 Amphibious, Animal mastery, Group fighter, Hammering blow, Huge @ 308. Marsh and river deltas, “bits inbetwix”.

Sons of Sobek/Sebek. As Legends Q4 C3 ambusher, Amphibious, Armoured, Big, Dashing @ 94

Or mix them in with Hippo Guard Q4 C3 Amphibious, Armoured, Big, Dashing @ 37

Here fit your crocodiles as per book.