mercredi 19 avril 2017

Ancient Egypt Enemies III - the Sea People

The Sea People are named after the Egyptians reliefs speaking of a confederation of people who decided to invade the Nile delta during the New Kingdom Era. Most historians think that they came from the Mediterranean and / or Asia Minor areas. It is still difficult nowadays to identify the origins of the different people. The Egyptians called them Denyen, Ekwesh, Lukka, Peleset, Shekelesh, Sherden... Among the most known of them, The Peleset are usually considered as the Philistines named in the Bible, while the Sherden seem to have become mercenaries in the Egyptian army.


One of the most important sources of information related to the appearance of these various people is the funerary temple of Ramesses III in Medinet Habu (Ancient Thebes, on the west bank of Luxor). The reliefs of this temple described the battles between the Egyptian army under Ramesses III and the Sea People at the end of the New Kingdom Era at the beginning of the 12th century BC.

I had the chance to visit Luxor in 2007, and I took these pictures in Medinet Habu:
These prisoners wear the typical helmet associated with the Peleset.
 
This relief gives us some evidence of the colors used to represent
the Sea People in Egyptian art

The colors used to depict the Sea People clothes are mostly Blue (Light and Dark), Red and White, and you will find these colors on any wargamer's army. Since it is coherent with the picture above, I decided to use these colors too.

Here you are my interpretation: nothing original, but it is a nice army to paint.

Most minis by Caesar, except for the armoured chieftain by Hät.













17 commentaires:

  1. Very interesting again phil and brilliant painting as ever!

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    1. Thank you Sprinks. I always feel a bit short, compared to the looong posts you can write.

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  2. Outstanding brushwork, Phil! You paint skin tones like no other. Superb skin tones.

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    1. Thank you Jonathan. I would not say 'like no other' since I copy what I can find on the net :) but yes, I appreciate to be able to paint several skin tones, I took me some time to find the methods I appreciate today

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  3. Excellent. The HäT sea People..painted differently they could be used as orcs

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    1. Oh yes you're right, and I have seen someone painting his sea people this way... It was you, wasn't it ? :)

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  4. Encore un super article et une peinture magnifique...et j'ai moi aussi eu la chance de visiter Luxor il y a de nombreuses années...Passionnant et impressionnant!

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    1. Merci Phil. Ah oui, Louxor est une ville extraordinaire. Nous avions pu y circuler tranquillement à velo pendant une bonne semaine !

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  5. klasse arbeit phil
    wunderbare hauttöne
    und die farben sind wie gemacht für die figuren klasse

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