The Assyrians were among the first armies to use cavalry effectively, although the status arm remained the Chariotry. I felt my Assyrian army needed some more heavy Cavalry. I was pretty sure I had a couple of packs of Foundry Assyrian Heavy Cavalry, purchased from the odds and ends bin of a vendor at Historicon more than 10 years ago, buried in the lead pile somewhere. And so it was!
These Foundry figures still stack up very well against more recent sculpts.
I chose a light green and dusty red color scheme for this unit, with some off white accents.
The dark magic wash worked very well to pick out the detailing of these Perry sculpted troops.
They will make a nice addition to the forces of Assyria. The capitol of the later Assyrian empire was at Nineveh, on the Tigris river... opposite the modern day city of Mosul, the scene of continued intense fighting in Iraq. At its peak, from about 700 to 627 BC, it is thought to have been the largest city in the world, with a population o up to 150,00 persons.