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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Ptolemaic Machimoi













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.'













16 comments:

  1. Very nice! The GB Machimoi are nice minis, and I've been painting one or two, m'self, and have also saved that eagle banner for Ptolemy!

    Cheers, Simon

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    1. Thanks Simon, they are nice indeed and the eagle banner is a must have for any Ptolemaic army!

      Cheers

      Mike

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  2. That's an impressive unit, very nice work!!

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  3. Excellent looking troops. They look perfect as Ptolemaics. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean, the GB Successors mix well with Foundry as well.

      Mike

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  4. Very nice and crisp! Polemarch has a really good range of ancients and since it is connected to(or is, I'm not sure) GB they will hopefully be around for a long time.

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    1. They do and are supposed to be doing scythed chariots and elephants soon!

      Mike

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  5. Those are super nice! Beautiful work on a very good looking unit.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, interesting to think that the Seleucids and Ptolemies were fighting Syrian Wars at the same time as the Punic wars between Rome and Carthage.

      Mike

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  6. Nice work! Looking forward to watching this army grow!

    Christopher

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  7. Thanks Christopher, eventually I hope to have painted large Ptolemaic and Seleucid armies.

    Mike

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  8. Thanks Grimsby Mariner.

    Mike

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  9. Wow! they look superb, wonderful painting and basing on these chaps.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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  10. Thanks Pat, we've got our refight of Raphia coming up and these count as freshly raised so will see how they go.

    Mike

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