DBA I 58 Meroitic Kushite
I planned this army some time back. I was inspired by the note by Herodotus that the African Aethiopian warriors painted half their bodies vermillion, half white. Now, most commentators place these Aethiopians in Sudan, in what we might otherwise term the Kingdom of Kush. Maybe.
This army is generally seen as a sub-Egyptian styled army (and indeed, the rock sketches of the king/general on an elephant show him with a pharaoh's crowns) but I wanted to follow Herodotus and show a more tribal force. Perhaps these are non-Egyptising rebels, then? Likewise, I have dated the army to 500 (so, more or less, the Persian period).
The trigger for getting on with it was spotting the tribal head I have used in the camp vignette whilst browsing the Acheson Creations website (whilst looking for something else in one of their sale windows). I immediately got this entirely fictional image in my head, more H Rider Haggard, I suppose, which just seemd right for the then dormant 'Tribal Kushite' project ... so I hope you like it.
(DBA Meroitic 'tribal' Kushites)
The spearmen are mostly the Feudal Castings figures now sold by QRF/Freikorp, otherwise it's a mix of Essex and Chariot with the odd Falcon and Peter Pig figure thrown in.
The general rides a repurposed toy elephant that came in a Christmas cracker. It's what I had. It's a bit small, but I think they would have been.
The general could also be an archer - but if you are going to do this army, I think it has to be the elephant general. That, and the fact that you don't get the general's plus in shooting (which would make him a very vulnerable element if you went that route*.
(DBA Book I/list 58 Meroitic Kushite: tribal infantry by Feudal Castings/QRF et al)
These simple figures are somehow very appealing. They are a mix of spears and various bladed weapons, but I chose to use a variety of them for the spearmen, and to use 'sub-Egyptian' style infantry (Chariot, Essex and Falcon) for the tribal axemen and swordsmen ... again, this was pretty much and intinct + aesthetics decision (going with what seems to work!).
(Meroitic Kushite infantry: various)
As already admitted, more H. Rider Haggard/Darkest Africa than culturally Meroitic .. a train of porters brings in supplies. The line of march takes them past a tribal rock image, guarded by warriors. As usual, there is a detachable Camp Follower.
*he should at least get it when shot at - but, given Bw aren't supertroops, I'd just let the generals have their plusses in all combats. Keep it simple.