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

Raphia, Selcuid Thureophoroi

The latest additions painted and ready to be based.
These are two of the three units of Thureophorai who where led by Byttacus of Macedon during the battle.
As always the figures are Xyston, while they are lovely figures and great to paint they are on the large side compared with the rest of the Macedonian/Greek ranges.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Ptolemy GrecoEgyptian Cavalry

A unit of heavy Ptolemy cavalry, Egyptian horse in Greek style, armed with lance.
I do love the Imputvs basing system, good looking units without tons of figures!

As always Xyston miniatures.

10mm 7 Years War

More additions to the Seven Year War project, two Reichsarmee units and two Hanovarian units for the Allied Pragmatic Army.

As with the previous Russians I have manged to find and print up some free flags off the Interweb!

 Two Reichsarmee and Two Hanovarian Units

Hanovarian 11B de le Chevallerie
 Hanoverian Combined Grenadiers.  Hanoverian foot regiments had only a small company of grenadiers each.  So this combined regiment is made up of four separate detachments from regiments 3A Knesdenberg, 6A Hardenberg, 10A Post and 13A Halberstadt.
 Reichsarmee combined grenadiers from Kurmainz and Mainz Krisregiments.

Hesse-Damdstadt Leib Garde Grenadiers

10mm 7 Years War Russians

The latest batch of my 7YW Russian project.
One regiment of Horse Grenadiers and three foot regiments.

 Regiment Shirvanskiy

 Regiment Suzdalskiy

Regiment Neshebugskiy

Horse Grenadiers St Petersburgskiy

15mm Fantasy Barbarians

I had these models laying around so thought I'd finish them off.
These are for my fantasy Barbarian army, in Kings of War terms Large Cavalry.  I just think they are bad ass lol!

Xyston Gauls on plastic toy dinosaurs, I just love them!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Raphia, more new figures painted...

I'm really liking the unit figure size of the Imputvs/To The Strongest bases. I painted 24 skirmish figures, Greek bow and slingers, that is 6 bases.  These troops were mainly used as escorts for the elephants employed by both armies.
Talking of elephants, there are 17 elephants bases used in the battle, that's a lot of Nellies!

As usual these are Xyston miniatures and are just great.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Team Yankee 6mm

Just to reinforce the fact that I can not keep myself on one track here is a trial paint job on some EBay goodness.

I won a couple of lots on Ebay to start my Team Yankee 6mm project, I love the Cold War gone hot scenario and love GHQ miniatures, despite the price of them.

 The loot I won, 30 T80s, 30 BMP2s and support vehicles.

 A 10 tank T80 company, a nice simple paint job, but I think it looks quite effective.

 A base spray of Army Painter Army Green, a light dry brush of a pale green, pick out the tracks and details.

 The cover in a good coat of Army Painter Dark Tone wash, not the thick dip but the squeeze bottle acrylic wash.
Once it is all dry the last stage is a nice dry brush of a pale sand colour to bring out the fantastic detail on these models.

My only frustration with these is the turret HMGs such a pain to cut off the sprue and glue on....but after chatting with others in the TY 6mm community, most don't bother lol

Happy to read comments.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

League of Augsburg Spanish

Well I have finished my Spanish contingent for the League of Augsburg.
As always they are the great Pendraken LoA range.

 The last of the Spanish contingent.

 Tercio De Deynes

 Nuevo Dragoons mounted

 Nuevo Dragoons on foot

 Artillery, I wish I had painted the carriages a dark wood rather than red as I could have used them for more forces.
And the leadership, two general bases.  Could be used by most sides.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Raphia, the armies buildup....

Another unit of pike, this time Ptolemy 'Egyptian' Pike.  From what I have seen and read these were newly raised or 'part time' troops raised to face the Seleucid.

To represent this I have used Greek Psiloi and unarmoured Hoplites, I think this gives them a very 'ununiform' feel.
They are also slightly larger that the normal pike phalanx at 48 figures instead of 32.
The Ptolemy Army has four of these units...alot of figures lol

As usual these figures are all Xyston, as are all my Macedonian/Greek v Persian wars!