Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Here are a few photos of two units of Ptolemaic Machimoi which I've finished recently. The first unit is from the Gripping Beast Polemarch range and the second is from the 1st Corps Successors range.
I really like both ranges and was hoping Steve from LBM would make some eagle and thunderbolt shield designs. This design was common on Ptolemaic coins and he has already designed a fantastic banner on the LBM Aventine Hellenistic banner sheet which I'm saving for Ptolemy Philopator's standard bearer!
The 1st Corps figures look like Egyptian marines from the Early Achaemenid Persian army and have an eagle and snake design on their shields. The machimoi were a native Egyptian military caste who although untried, won the day for Ptolemy at Raphia in 217 BC. After returning to Egypt they then went on to cause him no end of trouble as rebels for many years.
Peter Green in Alexander to Actium (p.290) is pretty scathing in his assessment of their leader, 'Ptolemy IV, despite recent attempts to credit him with an active foreign policy, was clearly an indolent character, dominated to a great extent by his advisers and womenfolk...' and ' his concern for family affairs also extended acquiescence in the murder of most of his close relatives, including his mother.'