Sunday, November 2, 2014

II/12 Alexandrian Macedonian

355 BC - 320 BC

DBA 2.2  
Army Composition: (12 elements) Miniatures by Xyston

1 x 3Kn (Gen) 1 x 3Cv, 1 x 2Lh, 6 x 4Pk, 1 x 4Ax, 2 x 2Ps

Historical Enemies: Illyrians, Skythians,Thracians, Lykian, Paionian, ThebanAitolianBithynians and Later Achaemenid Persian.

Historical Notes:  Here are my two cents worth about Alexander the Great. He wanted to knock out and conquer the 4 wealthiest nations/empires during his life time.

1) The Persian Empire
2) India (manage to defeat only one of nine factional states in India)
3) Carthage
4) Rome (Sicily/Italy)

;o) Alexander (along with his arrogance and narcissism) probably regretted spending 2 to 3 years of guerrilla warfare and sieges in Bactria (modern day Afghanistan and Tajikistan) If he decided to by pass Bactria all together and launch a quick and decisive campaign in India instead, the Bactrians may or would have formed an alliance? Thus securing his Northern and Eastern flanks of his Empire. Alex would then march back to his Capitol city and base of operations Babylon (Iraq) raised new armies and headed West bound for North Africa, conquer Carthage, grab/use the Carthaginian Fleet (if still intact) invaded Sicily and southern Italy and march and conquer the Romans...... who knows? :o)

anyway....enough of my "what if"  :o) This Alexandrian Macedonian Army is basically an all out infantry defense force. Pikemen to hold the center light infantry to harass the opposition troops etc. The key success of this Alexandrian Army for the player is the cavalry, Thessalian Cavalry deployed on the left flank (historical set up if you like) and the General 3Kn (Alex himself) along with the light horse on the right flank and move/attack his opponents left flank.

The Xyston miniatures are great to collect and easy to paint, I had left over figures/packs so I decided to put this army together. I painted 3 Pike elements with red T shirts to represent as young Macedonian warriors 2nd rank supports and the other 3 Pike elements as front rank veterans. The Skirmishers are - One element of Agrianians 2Ps armed with Javelins, One element of 2Ps Cretan Archers and One Auxiliary 4Ax (Hypaspists wearing lesser Armour) element armed with Javelins or short spears?


Army Arrayed











Army Arrayed back view






Alexander 3Kn carrying long Sarissa


Prodromoi 2Lh on the right


Thessalian Cavalry 3Cv


Alexander with Prodromoi 2Lh on the right


30 comments:

  1. Fantastic Macedonian army, Phil! Who is not drawn to an army of pike blocks with long, pointy sticks? I know I am. It would be cool to see some of your artistry on the gaming table in battle. These armies would be hard-pressed to fight as well as they look!

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    1. Thanks Jon, one of these days or weekend I will set up some solo demo DBA games..I need to work on good visual appealing terrain pieces....

      cheers,

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  2. Ouaouh! Most impressive army! I have just played my pikes with Pyrrhus, but yours are much better...great basing as always too...

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    1. Thank s Phil for your kind words much appreciated... did Pyrrhos win the battle? :o)

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    2. You'll see on the blog in about a month...I,'ve got 4 AAR to write...ouch!

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    3. 4 AAR's wow! a lot of writing and photos etc.... looking forward to games report articles... cheers Phil! congrats on your 300 followers at your blog too!

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  3. Lovely Macedonians Phil! I have a copy of DBA 3.0 now so will have to have a game and try out the new version.

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    1. Thanks Mike, great you have a copy of DBA 3.0 (I haven't as yet ordered my copy :o) I'm sure you aware DBA armies don't have to be in 15mm scale, with your 28mm plastic/lead figures it would be awesome to see your painted DBA army or two...

      cheers,

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  4. Brilliantly painted and inspirational minis. As regards Alexander's ambitions to eventually take on Rome, I think this was behind Pyrrhus's desire to give it a go.

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    1. Thanks Peter, yeah I agree with you 100% Pyrrhos tried very hard to be a "self appointed police officer or saver" he also believed he was the reincarnation of Alexander the Great...anyway.. In 281 he went to Italy and defeated the Romans at Heraclea and Asculum, suffering bitterly heavy losses... Pyrrhos a Great General but didn't know when to stop! ;o)

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  5. Beautiful Macedonian flanx and riders Phil, now I have a bunch of 15mm figs, and boy are they tiny to 28mm , I can really see the great level of detail you achieve on yours!

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    1. :o) now you know how it feels Chris! switching figure scales will test one's painting skills... I'm still having issues painting my 28mm Renaissance figures which is a slog for me... I have no doubt in my mind, you will paint up your 15's same as your 28mm pure "master pieces" :o)

      cheers,

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  6. LOoely army. Considering its historical success, if it can't perform reasonably well on the adoptable against historical enemies, that's a rules issue... granted that most of us are not at Alexander's level as far as leadership or generalship, of course!

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    1. Thanks Pete, I agree with you most ancient wargame rules sets, including DBA, do not really cover the historical performance of a army like King Philip II and/or Alexander's Macedonians.

      There are ways solving the problem though, during my DBA solo experiment games. I use one 8 sided dice instead of one DBA 6 sided dice, the Persians receive -1 for cavalry/chariots -2 for infantry, the Macedonians receive +1 for infantry and +2 for cavalry. I get very interesting quick results, because of my modifiers the Persians are already in a "panicky" mode :o) facing their historical and bitter rivals the Macedonians...the Persians tend to rout around turn 5 :o)

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  7. Another great addition! Macedonians are tough lot and you did them proud. Thinking about maybe trying DBA 3, but already have Impetus at the moment I'm trying to build for.

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher much appreciated, good one looking forward to your completed painted Basic Impetus or full Impetus Army?

      cheers,

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  8. If I get to run an army in DBA, I want this one. I bet it is as tough at it is beautiful, Phil. Fabulous painting once again. Love the wicked sarissas.

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    1. Thanks Monty! perhaps your next project would be 28mm Macedonian DBA or Impetus Army?
      :o)

      cheers,

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  9. Yep. I've also always admired these painting works
    In addition these long and very straights spears.
    Are they really made ​​of plastic...

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    1. Thanks Maximex, the long spear/pikes are long wire steal pins from my hardware store ;o)
      or North Star have long spears/pikes available at
      50mm http://northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=536
      100mm http://northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=537
      very easy to cut these steal wire products to be used for 15mm or 28mm figures.

      cheers,

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  10. Very nice tree of pikes there, Phil! Nothing like it to strike fear into the hearts of the enemy

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    1. "Nothing like it to strike fear into the hearts of the enemy"

      ...or the stomach of an opponent as he leans over the table. Ouch!

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  11. Lovely work, Phil

    Well Done,

    Phil

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    1. Thanks Phil, much appreciated for your words/thoughts..

      cheers,

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  12. Lovely Phil! Just purchased the xyston DBA set of these guys recently off eBay. Great inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Paul, appreciate your kind words.... looking forward seeing your painted Xyston II/12 Alexandrian Macedonian Army as well, which will be an awesome sight indeed... cheers!

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