Saturday, 23 June 2018

Punic Wars-New Project

Not being one to sit idle at work I found a bag of Veteran Libyan Spearmen so I thought I would paint them.

Here are 48 Verteran Libyans, they are Corvus Belli miniatures, as is most of of my Carthaginian army.

These are the first of the veterans. 

These are only a small part of an already painted collection representing Carthaginian, Numidian, Spanish and Gallic armies ready to face off against the evil Roman Republic.

I have order of battles for Trebbia and Tresemie which I will organize my 'rebased' collection on.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Next Project

So with the Raphia project nearing completion I have looked at what I could turn my attention too next.

One will be Italian Wars, I have quite a few figures, mainly Imperial and will be looking at buying some Swiss soon, probably Blue Moon.

Also I will be rebasing and adding to my Punic War collection.  I have extra Gauls and Italians to add.

These will not be exclusive as I also have a Marion Roman army to paint, which is a commission from a friend at PAW.

So I will be busy for the second half of the year!!

Raphia Order of Battles

These are pictures of hard copies of the army lists as I could not work out how to add an excel or word document lol

Ptolemy Army

Seleucid Army

Ok, sorry I am not sure why some of the pages have come out side ways but these are the lists/order of battles I have used to represent the armies for the battle of Raphia.

Raphia-All Painted (nearly)

Here are the photos of the last figures I have and have to paint.  The Raphia project, well all the metal I have for it, is complete.  I still have a pile of elephants to buy but for now I can move on to the next project.

So finally...

Ptolemy Generals

 A single Ptolemy elephant, I hope I have his partner at home as they are based in twos.
I changed up the crew and used a couple of  different figures.

Seleucid Generals

Seleucid Generals on foot

More armored elephants, these are going to make an awesome line up on the battlefield.

I will be buying some more elephants soon, hopefully from mate friend Stuart at Colonel Bills ( as they have become the show stockist for Xyston Miniatures.

Also once home the epic task of basing will continue and then the dreaded flocking.  It will be a task and a half but I know it will be worth while.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Raphia, So Close!

Well these are the last of the line troops....two large pike phalanxes, Ptolemy guards pike and Seleucid Thorakites.

These are the Ptolemy elite pikes, the Basilikon.  They form, normal size pike units and not large phalanxes but there are three of them so I could put them together.

The last of the Ptolemy pike phalanxes, they have five of these unit..they will form a very solid wall in the battle line.

And the last of the Seleucid phalanxes, now there were a lot of these, nine infact, which is 288 figures for these alone.

Lastly the Greek mercenary thorakites, yes I know they should be armoured by Xyston do not do a mail wearing thorakite figure.  These are Hellenistic Thracians and do a wonderful job!

So that is it, the rank and file have been completed.  
There are commanders left to finish, they have been painted but need Army Painter Dark Tone and Matt Varnish to finish them off.

Also I have my final three elephants on the painting table, once these are done that will be all of my available miniatures for the Raphia project painted.I still need to buy 5 elephants for Ptolemy and 14 for Seleucid.

So the painting total, so far is 1234 foot, 148 mounted and 9 elephants.
Now all I have to do is base them and make the bases look nice, oh and I hate basing lol .  And there are only 156 bases to do!!!!!

Obviously as I complete the basing I will add more photos.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Raphia Light and Medium Troops

Light and medium foot troops made up a good deal of the armies who fought the battle and they came from a diverse list of peoples.

Persian Bow, these acted as skirmishers for their respective armies.

Thracian Javelinmen, a fierce tribal people who were subjugated by Alexander and fought either as subjects or mercenaries.

These are depicted as the tribal troop type as apposed to the later Hellenistic Thracians who had a more Greek appearance.   

These troops represent Thorakitai mercenaries.  These troops should be dressed in mail, however Xyston Miniatures do not make a suitable figure yet.  I look forward to when they do and will replace these Thracians with them.

The miniatures themselves are later Hellenistic Thracian spear.

Raphia, so close!

I am back at work and back on the painting production line.  I have been quite productive finishing off units started last rotation and adding more.

Firstly two Seleucid pike phalanxes.  One regular and one the eastern satraps provided levy troops, know as' Pantodpoi'

The Pantpdpoi, Persian Phalanx provided by the eastern satraps to the Selceuid army.  The eastern troops are seen as wearing trousers, a barbarian custom to the Hellenic peoples.


A regular pike phalanx, half armored half unarmored just for a little veriety.