Saturday 29 February 2020

15mm Seleucids: 6 units of Thureophoroi

Five units of 24 figures, one unit of 16 figures plus a command strip of 3.
These regulars were versatile as they were either intended to be fielded in the battle line in close-order or forward as supports to peltasts and skirmishers.

Thursday 20 February 2020

15mm Late Achaemenid Persians: Cavalry 1

This is the first unit of Persian cavalry for an army to fight against Alexander the Great. The figures are from Xyston and are based to Impetus so 8cm wide and 6 deep. The hands have been drilled through and they have been given the thinnest piano wire to represent javelins. These are classed as Heavy Cavalry.

Sunday 16 February 2020

15mm Seleucids: 2 units of Thorakitai

Thorakitai were used in armies of the Hellenistic period in a variety of tactical situations. They were a type of armoured but mobile infantry who did not require a rigid formation to be effective in combat. From their name we can deduce that most wore armor and helmet. They bore a thureos, an oval shield, and were armed with sword, javelins and spear, which were used according to their tactical use. It seems that the thorakitai were heavily armored thureophoroi, able to bear spears and do battle in a phalanx as well as engage in irregular warfare in situations when such an action was required for tactical reasons, like to exploit or challenge rough terrain.

Saturday 8 February 2020

15mm Seleucids: 4 units of Argyraspides

Two new units plus the two previously painted.

Saturday 1 February 2020

15mm Seleucids: 2 units of Argyraspides

Silver shield guard units from Xyston. Two more units will be done this week so that will give an elite reserve.

Argyraspids made up the Seleucid army, notably under the reigns of Antiochos III and Antiochos IV. Their presence is attested to the battles of Raphia in 217 BC.and of Magnesia in 190BC.These elite troops, which form the core of the permanent army, were formed by Greco-Macedonian settlers installed in Syria or Anatolia.
These units were the heirs of the royal guard of Alexander the Great but seem equipped like the sarissophores of the phalanx.