Sunday, 21 April 2013

My first Salute's haul

When you go to Salute it is a time-honored tradition to show off your loot so without further adieu here it comes (first picture's bullet points are left to right).

 Metal Hellenic 1st corps, Polemarch (GrippingBeast) and Foundry figures

  •  12 Successor Catarphracts and 1 commander (1st corpse)
  •  24 Libyan veteran spearmen (to be used as thorakitai, GB Polemarch)
  • 54 phalangites and commands (green bases, some with trousers, 1st corpse)
  • 1 armored elephant
  • 12 Companion cavalry (to be used as generic cavalry, Foundry
  • Deal of the day: all the stuff you see on green bases + elephant for £45!

Other stuff

  • Renedra bases
  • Salute plastic figure and magazine
  • Alexander the Great and his father Phillip (Warlord Games)
  • 3 Classical Greek commander and theban transfers (Warlord Games/Immortal Miniatures)
  • 16 Velites (Agema Miniatures)
  • 30 American WW2 infantry (Wargames Factory)
  • M10 Tank Destroyer (Warlord Games)
  • Seleucid Scythed Chariot (1st Corps)
  • Some paints
  • Rust effect pot (£10 but it is really good, Modelmates )

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Hypaspists, Psiloi and Persians WIPs

  These are some of the figures I've been working on. They are working in progress because Psiloi and Hypaspists have no washes as of yet and all the models including Persians need to get some greenery on to their bases.

Victrix Mercenary Hoplites painted as Hypaspistoi

 These two are my colourscheme test. I am not too happy with the linthorax, rather than having the whole thing purple I might have a white linthorax with purple and yellow accents.
 Shields meant to show Alexander the Great in Persian headgear. This would mean it is a relatively late shield so could represent Alexander's army during his later years or that of Diadochi.

 Perry's Sudanese Tribesmen painted as Psiloi

These guys are standard, I've only added hats from ImmortalMiniatures/Warlord's Classical hoplites sprues. No washes on those yet so they look a bit plain.

Wargames Factory's Late Achaemenid Persians 

 This is the first try I tried to give infantry bowstrings and it turned out to be really easy- take broom bristle, dap both ends of the bow in some superglue and stick the bristle on. When dry clip of the excess bristle and paint over the dry superglue (it usually turns white so you will need to go over it).

Size comparison 

  A quick size comparison with Perry, Victrix, Wargames Factory, Victrix and Warlord Games phalangite. As you can see those ranges work very well together and you should be able to create a huge chunk of your Macedonian and Persian army with those.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Galatian mercenaries

   These are the Galatian mercenaries for my Hellenic armies. I've made them using Warlord Games' Celtic Warrior (which I got from the Conquest of Gaul starter set). I converted a few of those by giving them the hoplite helmets from Classical Greek Hoplites set (Warlord/Immortal Miniatures) to set them apart from the European Celts.

   I decided to use only bare-chested models for this because that is the way they were represented in Ancient Warfare Magazine as well as in Nick Sekunda's book on Ptolemaic army. The shield design also comes from those. I suspect such uniform design was a later development which would make it suitable for representing them from around 250/200BC. On the other hand my helmet swaps are 50/100 years older/earlier but I decided not to worry about that too much- I just wanted to give them a bit of Hellenic flavor. I could not be bothered to do all of their trousers in the criss-cross fashion so a lot of them received 'Asterix and Obelix' pants, not sure how(if at all) historically accurate those are either. 

    I tried to make each figure unique so no two are identical. I've done this by either using different poses, shield variation, facial hair colours, trousers or helmet paint job. Check all 9 of them below (in the front rank):

 The guy on the right is holding his scabbard as well as his shield.

 This guy was bending down in previous photo so here is a pic which shows his face.

   I was relieved to find that they actually rank up very well. I remember people complaining that their dynamic poses meant putting them in ranks is difficult but I found it pretty easy. You can see the evidence below:

Historical background

   After Alexander the Great's death his generals (known as Diadochi) fought for control over his domain. After long and bloody struggle only two major names still stood- the Seleucus and Ptolemy I. Ptolemy would go on to die peacefully but he chose his second son to succeed him so that his eldest son- Ptolemy Keraunos (thunderbolt) decided to seek his fortunes elsewhere. He joined Seleucus who after series of conflicts came out on top of the Diadochi wars after he killed Lysimachus(in control of the Thrace region) only to be assassinated by Ptolemy Keraunos afterwards. 

  Although thanks to this Ptolemy Keraunos gained the Macedonian throne his timing could not have been any worse. With the collapse of Thracian kingdom Lysimachus helped build the flood gates have opened for Celtic migration South. Those Celts attacked and pillaged Thrace, Macedon and Greece- killing and(!) beheading Ptolemy Keraunos in the process (279BC).
   The Celts were known as great warriors and due to great numbers they were widely and cheaply available fighting troops (fact exploited by Pyrrhus of Epirus when he returned from his Italian expedition to tackle Macedon). The Gauls were finally defeated two years later in 277 by Antigonus II Gonatas (grandson of Diadochi general Antigonus 'One-eyed').

   Afterwards they migrated to Anatolia in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) and became known as Galatians. Although over the years they became more 'civilized' and less war-like those among them who chose the mercenary life have retained their superior traits and were highly valued, mostly used by Ptolemaic and Seleucid kingdoms.

  Below are some of the pictures I have found of Galatians and blue cloaks with white shields with blue stripes is a recurring theme:

 Galatian mercenary in Egypt.
 Galatians in Ptolemaic parade.
 Galatians in battle (on the right).
 Galatian mercenary on the right.
Galatian mercenary in blue cloak.
 Late Galatian mercenary (around 150 BC).