Pack Trains and Herds

Since my last post, I’ve been slowly working to upgrade several of my DBA armies for Triumph!. After determining which elements need to be added or rebased, I then engage in one of my favorite hobby pursuits – researching and purchasing figures – after which I avoid my least favorite aspect of the hobby by shipping them off to Paul Potter for painting, along with a detailed set of instructed designed to help ensure the end result blends well with my existing force.

One of the neat aspects of Triumph! is that the army-specific Battle Cards include several variants to the traditional DBA-style camp logistical element in the form of Fortified Camps, Pack Trains and Herds, Standard Wagons (like the Italian carroccio)  or even No Camps at all.  Pack Trains and Herds are placed along with troops during deployment and have fewer limitations on where they can be placed, but remain immobile in the battle. Pack Trains and Herds are among the most common of the Battle Card camp alternatives, and so I set about knocking a few out.

The first is for my updated Triumph! Ramesside New Kingdom Egyptians, and features a train of supply-laden donkeys led by two Egyptians from Museum Miniatures new Z-range (15/BAE03 – Pack Donkeys). I added a spare Museum chariot wheel to the burden of one donkey. The base is a vinyl tile sample from Home Depot, which is adhered to some chipboard cut to shape to give it some grip able height. I didn’t flock the entire base, only some sand around the figure bases to help them blend in.

The second Pack Train or Herd camp is a supply wagon for my Ancient Brits/Early Germans, scavenged from my spare figure box, which is made up with a two walled ox cart, with sacks repurposed from a OG-Blue Moon Napoleonic supply wagon, and figures (including the wagon) that I believe came from a now unavailable pack of Celtic civilians by Corvus Belli complimented by a Old Glory 15s Dark Age capture figure on ox-back.   Appreciate the feedback confirming these attributions.

All figures, of course, are painted by Paul Potter.

I have several more Pack and Train elements to go, including a flock of sheep and goats to follow my Hoplite armies around and a couple Dark Age wagon or herd elements suitable for my Dark Age Scots-Irish, Picts and Pre-Feudal Scots.

Hope you like them and welcome any suggestions.

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