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The Ayyubid Dynasty was founded by Saladin in 1169. The name comes from Saladin's father and Shirkuh's brother, Najm ad-Din Ayyub. In 1171, Saladin deposed the last Fatimid Caliph and then seized control of the interior of the entirety of Syria, and even Northern Iraq. He also achieved control of the Hejaz and Yemen. His greatest accomplishment was his defeat of the Later Crusader states at the Battle of Hattin and conquest of Jerusalem in 1187. By the end of that year he had conquered virtually all of the Kingdom.
The Empire was reduced by the 3rd Crusade and was divided up on Saladin's death among his three sons. The Ayyubids continued to rule Damascus and Aleppo until 1260, when they were driven out by the Ilkhanid Mongols, and following the Mongol defeat at Ain Jalut later that year, most of Syria fell to the Mamluk Egyptians. Local Ayyubid dynasties continued to rule in parts of Syria (most notably Hamah) for another 70 years, until the Mamluk Egyptians finally absorbed them in 1334.
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2 / 62 Ayyubid Egyptian Britcon 2008 15mm (open)
2 / 16 AYYUBID EGYPTIAN Scottish Open 2008 (open)
13 / 14 SS13 Ayyubid Egyptian Northern League 2008 R4 (open)
User-contributed links about this army:
- Painting Guides from Brendan Moyle's site
- Ayyubid Egyptian DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
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- Syrian States (Syrian Ayyubids) : Dates: Any Swords and Scimitars page 29 : Compulsary Bw/Sw cavalry, optional cavalry and LH lancers, more Bw/Sw - and some cheap foot units. Worth looking at
- Khwarazmian : Dates: 1244 to 1245 Swords and Scimitars page 35 : Bw/Sw Superior Armoured Cavalry, and Bw/Sw LH or Protected Cavalry to support - fairly standard Arab ally
You can see some of the figures in the Ancients Photo Gallery also on this site. This listing only covers "arabic" figures - Turk/Hunninc/Mongol figures are omitted as nearly everyone does some of them.
- Essex Miniatures - many generic Arabs, possibly too generic for todays tastes in their Ancients selection, plus a newer 50-strong Crusades Era Arab range of more tailored figures in their Crusades ranges
- Mirliton as sold by Vexillia in the UK have a new (June 2010) range of Crusades Era Arabs
- Donnington - 35+ arabs
- Museum Miniatures - several nice Arab/Persian/Turkish ranges, often using the same figures in each!
- Gladiator Miniatures by Fighting 15's (Previously Black Hat) 33-strong Crusades Moslems Range
- Old Glory 15's, several Arab Ranges
- Minifigs Venerable Crusader range with Arabs
- Irregular Miniatures 39 Arab & Turk figures from a generic range
- Lancashire Games - Several large "value" packs of Arab troops
- LKM Direct - Freikorps ranges have Medieval Turks
- Tin Soldier 16 Arabs in one range
- Outpost Wargame Services A specialist in this period/region, 30+ Crusade-period Islamics
- East Riding Miniatures Some berbers in a small El Cid Range may be suitable
- Khurasan Miniatures again a specialist period for Khurasan, with several Persian/eastern ranges
- Viking Forge several Arab & Turkish ranges
- Falcon Figures Ottoman range
- Battle Line Miniatures 27 Generic Arabs
- Eureka - Australian Site Grumpys Miniatures Perian & Afghan Ranges are quite fun
- 50 Paces.com their website shows an "Arab" range, but no figure codes listed. The range is sold in Europe (with pictures and figure codes) by Strategia e Tattica
- Camelot Games Italian-based supplier
- Legio Heroica 22 Crusades-era Arabs
Which troops are absolutely needed for this army, and what are your thoughts on how to organise, paint and buy them.
Sample army lists for this army
Name of Army / Date
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- This is a lot easier to do than easier than setting up tables
- For FoG I suggest listing your army in order or march
- with troop desctiptions on each line, for example
- 4 HF Armoured Average Drilled Impact Foot Swordsmen
- 8 LG Undrilled Unarmoured Poor Bowen
- Dont forget to include your Generals !!!
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