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This is the Army I first took to Brit Con - and which only won one game there, against Neil who had Ancient British, and who won no games (he made a mistake in allowing me to move first in a key turn, trapping his pony-drawn chariots against the front of my Cataphracts - although I don't think he minded in the end, as he got an unpainted army as the prize for having no wins all tournament.
They are one of those 'bits of everything' armies, presumably because no one knows enough about them to make a definitive design upon what they actually had, so they get Greek Pikes for being part of Alexander's sphere of influence, Imitation Rorman Legionaries (ala Mithridates of Pontus) and their own Native foot.
Cataphracts left, General centre and Horse Archers on the right.
I played with them once in the bigger (then DBM focussed) club in town, and had a surreal conversation with a regular there about the Imitation Legionaries.
'What are they?'
'Imitation Legionaries'
'Yes, but what are they?'
'They are men trained to imitate the Roman Legion style of equipment and fighting, Imitation Legionaries'
'Yes, but what are they in the rules?'
'They are Imitation Legionaries'
- at which point my opponent interjected to explain that the guy was a DBM player, and expected a response of 'Blade, Inferior or Ordinary, or something'
Imitation Legionaries left, Armenian Black Sea Iberian Foot, centre, and a trousered Phalanx on the right.
They make a reasonable match agains the Parthians, which is appropriate, since Mark Anthony cajoled them into joining him on one of his failed eastern ventures at one point.  They must have been quiet a formidable defensive force to have retained their independence from the Seleucids, the Romans, the Parthians and the Persians.
They also feature the first foray into one of my favourite figure manufacturers - Xyston (their Kapadocians work perfectly).  It also marks the point when I first worked out my base-coding 'system'  taking a basic colour, then washing it with a different shade, before adding texture - pretty much all armies I have centered on the classical Asia / Egypt use the same base gold-brown colour now, but with a different wash to highlight the country / geographic area.  So far it has worked well for me, I think, and makes locating figures in a mix up of boxes quite easy.  Europe gets more of a tan-brown base colour.
Skirmishers, with some Peltasts on the right.
Figures are a mix of Museum, Essex and Xyston, mostly.