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Morphing Pharoah

By Ray Cassell

Here's an idea for a Egyptian army morph:

  • Start with list 2: Old/Middle Kingdom: 4x4Sp, 6x4Bw, 2x2Ps or 3Bw. 14 total elements.

  • To get list 11: New Kingdom Egyptian: Add: 4xLCh, 1x4Bd, 4x3Bd (reuse 4x4Sp, 2x4Bw, 1x2Ps from list 2). 23 elements, 2 armies possible (save 7 elements).

  • To get list 20: Libyan Egyptian: Add: 2x2LH, 1x3Wb, 1x2Ps (reuse 2x2Ps, 1x4Sp, 1x4Bw from list 2 and 3LCh, 1x4Bd from list 11). 27 elements, 3 armies possible (save 15 elements).

  • To get list 22: Kushite Egyptian: Add 3x3Cv, 1x3Wb (reuse 1x4Sp, 1x4Bw, 2x2Ps from list 2, 2LCh from list 11, 1x3Wb, 1x2Ps from list 20). 31 elements, 4 armies possible (save 23 elements).

  • To get list 29: Saitic Egyptian: Add HCh, 2x4Sp, 1x3Aux (reuse 4x4Sp, 2x4Bw, 1x2Ps from list 2 and 2x3Cv from list 22). 35 elements, 5 armies possible (save 32 elements).

The combined list is 1xHCh, 4xLCh, 3x3Cv, 2x2LH, 1x4Bd, 4x3Bd, 6x4Sp, 2x3Wb,1x3Aux, 6x4Bw, 2x3Bw, 3x2Ps.

The question remains, which figures would appear anachronistic in this time morph.

Gamer Feedback

Chris Jones: A couple of notes on the suggested Egyptian Army Morphs. Some of the suggested multiple uses would be anachronistic. While it is true that Egyptian Armies varied from period to period and there are differences in the number of chariot spokes used and the equipment carried and worn even between the early and the late New Kingdom, most basic troop types can be used for all periods especially at smaller scales. Bowmen and Spearmen are probably O.K. There are however a number of problems, some of which are:

  • The army of the Lybian period would have had Lybian Psiloi who would look different from other periods in wearing a feathered headgear. Warband would be Sea People. The Lh and LCh could be Lybian who were light skinned.

  • Moving on to the Kushite period, a problem here is that the warband and most of the psiloi would be from Kush, i.e. very dark skinned. The Sp and Bw would probably be native Egyptians but at least some of the chariots would be Kushite as would the general.

  • The Saitic period army cannot use the Cv from the Kushite army due to skin colour they would be native Egyptians in this period. It is also likely that some of the Sp would be Greek mercenary hoplites but you could use native Sp. The Sp of this period are different in appearance from earlier period with a more Assyrian look to the shields.

In short, most of the morph will work and certainly the first two armies can readily share elements provided one is not too demanding of precision.

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Last Updated: April 17, 2000

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