Bible Bashers: Biblical Skirmish Wargaming

‘Biblical skirmish wargaming’ is not a phrase you often hear thrown around. In fact if you put it into google as I did recently the top result I received was a blog with a single post made by me some years ago.

In reference to that post on that dusty old blog I can’t recall what I ordered from Newline Designs now, or if it ever arrived…

I had the sudden urge to start this little project again and put an order in with Irregular Miniatures this time.

Here’s some crude pictures of what arrived on my doorstep. I should stress these are not ‘biblical’ miniatures, but are in fact from their Scots Irish and Early Germans ranges, but I thought they fit my bill rather well. The Scots Irish have been turned into very early Hebrews by the addition of masking tape skirts.

There’s a few artistic liberties taken with the figures since this is a rather early period with basically no reference material. The Early Germans are to be transformed into Elamites or just a generic enemy for my Hebrews.

So here are my Hebrews, or Abramites as I affectionately call them since with the big axe in the centre there is Abram. This is the size of force I’m looking for, 5-12 figures, mainly because it’s not too much painting. Speaking of painting I made reference to this image for my Hebrews:

I’m not sure about my stripy shield, but again reference material for this period is rather light. So why Hebrews and Elamites I hear you ask?

Well I’m thinking of a little scenario playing out Abram’s rescue of his nephew Lot from Genesis 14:

8Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboyim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Siddimagainst Kedorlaomer king of Elam,Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills. 11 The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. 12 They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.

13 A man who had escaped came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew.Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mamre the Amorite, a brother[b]of Eshkol and Aner, all of whom were allied with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trainedmen born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.

I’m obviously not going to build a force of 318 men. On the rules front I have some homebrew (that’s homebrew not Hebrew) ones in mind, and last night I put another order in with Irregular so I’ll update when that arrives.