I'm sorry, that was Count von Count, not Vlad the Impaler. I always get those two mixed up.
|Vlad the Impaler, not to be confused with Santa Claus.|
I decided to paint Wallachians mainly because the new Essex figures looked so good. The army list is "not competitive in an Open tournament" and doesn't fare well in DBA against most of its contemporaries. 5 psiloi in 1330-1504? AD? Besides, who the heck were the Wallachians anyway?
That last part is easy: Vlad the Impaler! Vlad III Tepes, aka "Dracula" (son of Dracul, his familial name meaning "dragon") is considered the prototype for Bram Stoker's vampire. Sometimes I think he'd be a good Darth Vader, given Vader's penchant for killing people off. Wallachia was a part of what is now Romania.
|Wallachian Light Horse.|
|Wallachian and generic Psiloi.|
|Wallachian bows and generic Warband.|
The two units of bows were from the Wallachian line, but the warband was a generic horde.
Overall I'm very happy with the figures and my paint job. I would've preferred to see a few more of the Wallachian-specific psiloi, but I expect that they chose alternate figures for a reason. The other non-Wallachian figures were well chosen and fill their role well.
I haven't played this army yet, and don't know when I will. Besides not having many opportunities to play recently while I'm so busy with work, there aren't many opponents I'd bother irritating with this band of light troops. Hopefully there will be a good Eastern European themed event for me to bring them to before Murphy's Law totally revamps the list for DBA 3.0.