Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Raphia-The Numbers

So I did a little number crunching on how many figures my Raphia project will end up swallowing.
This was prompted by a large order I sent to North Star Military Figures as they had a great sale on Xyston figures, thanks Neil.

So the numbers....

21 Mounted Command
10 Foot Command
10 Elephants
64 Horse
594 Foot

17 Mounted Command
10 Foot Command
7 Elephants
52 Horse
648 Foot

All in 15mm Xyston metal......now that is a small project to be getting on with.
Over the past 3 weeks I have painted 160 foot and 14 horse to add to the painted forces I have at home.
Although I am basing the figures once home I am not doing the sanding/flocking until they are all ready, oh I HATE basing!!

Raphia-Selecuid Thureophoroi

This is the last unit of Daae/Carmanian/Cilician Thureophoroi who were led by Byttacus of Macedon.  
There were three units under his command.

These are all Xyston....

Raphia-Selecuid Thracian Light Horse

More work in  progress of my epic aim to build both armies of the Battle of Raphia.

These are two units of Thracian light horse, although the lists I have make no reference to the light horse being Thracian, they do have Thracian foot so why not.....

I have given these the reported black/dark cloaks that they were said to wear in the later periods.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Raphia-Seleucid Hetairoi Companion Cavalry

  Companion style cavalry for the Seleucid army.  

I really do like Xyston miniatures, even though you have to drill the hands.  They paint up very well and look very nice, in my opinion, even with my basic painting style.

Raphia-Ptolemy 'Peltasts'

These troops are believed to be 'light phalangitai' with long spear and peltasts shields, hence their title.  They did however fight as heavy foot in a hoplite style, hence my figure choice.
There were two units of these commanded by Socrates the Boetian.

Raphia-Machimoi Phalangitai, 'Egyptian Levies'

A second unit of these painted, they are described as Egyptian Levies, made of of local malitia and conscripts.  I have used poorly equipped figures without armour and few helmets.
These will be represented by an extra large/deep unit of 48 figures.
As usual Xyston miniatures


Saturday, 21 October 2017

Raphia-Selucid Phalangites

Another taxis of pike for the Selcuid side, 1 of 9 taxis for that faction.  So at 32 figures each a nice total of 288 men....it is a good sized project!

Xyston figures with steel pikes, so a veritable pin cushion so be careful where you place your hands lol