Army Composition: (12 elements) Miniatures by Xyston
1 x 3Cv (Gen) 1 x 2Lh, 8 x 4Ax, 2 x 2Ps
Historical Enemies: IIIyrian, Macedonian (Antigonos Gonatas) Early Successor , Spartan, Achaian, Athenian, Eleian, Aitolian
Historical Notes: The destruction of Thebes by Alexander the Great 335 BC destroyed the political strength of the Boeotian's. They never again pursued an independent policy, but followed the lead of protecting powers. Though military training and organization continued, the people proved unable to defend their frontiers, and the land became more than ever the "dancing-ground of Ares". Though enrolled for a short time in the Aetolian League (about 245 BC) Boeotia was generally loyal to Macedon, and supported its later kings against Rome. Rome dissolved the league, but it was revived under Augustus, and merged with the other central Greek federations in the Achaean synod. The death-blow to the country's prosperity was dealt by the devastation's during the First Mithridatic War.
I like this "Light Infantry" Army or should it be "Light Division" this stand alone force has lots of light infantry to slow down and harass their historical enemies, but really, the Boeotian's are at their best to served and help support their ally the Later Macedonians against Rome...... Xyston figures are great sculpts with detail, but a pain drilling the hands for Javelin/Spear armed units.
Also a little bigger than other manufacturers, the Xyston figures are, in some cases, cumbersome to fit them on their bases...anyway having said all that ;o) I had fun painting up these figures and basing. um hmm perhaps I should have used AP dipping over the figures or DeanM ;o) minwax stain coating method?......apologies for some blurry photos.
|3Cv (General) with 2Lh|