With the upcoming release of Studio Tomahawk's next Saga supplement, I've been inspired to get cracking on some opposing armies for the First Crusade.
I have a nice start to a Norman army, but I have zilch painted for their arab opponents. Entering a new period, I'm a bit scattered in what I'd like to collect: Ben Yusef's Black Guard, Berber tribesmen, Saladin, etc. are all begging me to get them to the paint table. I've decided to go with a starter band of Berber tribesmen and some arab archers from Gripping Beast to serve as some fairly neutral figures that can be used in any muslim army of the early medieval period.
Picking a Paint Scheme
With figures primed and ready to go, I also need to settle on a paint scheme. My knowledge of arab dress is woefully lacking. I get the sense that the muslim armies featured a wide variety of exotic colors and fabrics, but I'm drawn to the idea of a solely monochromatic army of cream and black, with a few figures sporting a bit of vibrant color to mark leaders and elite troops.
I've picked out some examples as reference, but I'm still researching. Do you have any advice on colors for arab armies?
|Arab warriors by Artizan in earth tones|
|Berber spearmen by Gripping Beast in cream|
|Berber spearmen by Gripping Beast in black|
|Moorish Black Guard by Gripping Beast. These guys look awesome.|
|Arab archers in more colorful dress, by Gripping Beast|