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Saitic Egyptian

These picked up on some of the excess Lybian skirmishers I had from the Ptolemeic project. 
 
 
 
 
 
Lybian Meshwesh (yes, I know, the skin tone is totally wrong), Pharaoh himself, and some of his chariots.
 
While reading Herodotus, I thought the Persian conquest of Egypt would make an interesting pair of armies to do, and as I had a few figures more than I needed from the Ptolemeics already, and knowing that the stunning Xyston Egyptian Marines were available to use for the basic infantry type, the project was underway.
 
They are a lovely army to look at on the table - not the most sucessful, but they get a few good wins every now and then.
 
 
 
 
 
The Royal Calasiries on the left, the outstanding Royal Hermotybies in the middle, and some regular Hermotybies on the right.
 
Stand out figures are the Royal Hermotybies - I had no idea how I was going to diferentiate these from the normal ones, and I knew I had already used the best figures available - the Xyston Marines- for the basic troops, then Derek Moore, who is an absolutely stunningly talented figure painter, mentioned that he had just finished a unit of them which he would never use, so he sold them to me.  They are exactly the same figure, the only differences are - proper spears, not badly judged long bits of wire I used, a fantasticly improved paint job, and a little bit of work to tap dents around the rims of the shields.
 
For the Bodyguard archers, I went with shaven headed elite guard types, rather than better equipped figures, as is more usual.  And I really do have a plan to redo all of the Marine figures with proper spears in the near future - they are so quick to paint, its simply a question of making a weekend to do it, and ordering the figures.
 
 
 
 
 
Egyptian skirmish bowmen on the left, Regular Calasiries bowmen in the middle, and some Lybian light infantry bowmen on the right.
 
Historically, the most interesting thing about them, I think, was the way that the basic infantry stood all day under the Persian arrow fire, safe behind their huge shields, until the Persians sent forward and offered to spare them if they fought for Persia.  The historic formation was reported as being 100 men by 100 men, in a huge square, sadly, something you will never see replicated on a wargaming table.
 
As with the Ptolemeics, I went for the mercenary look, emphasising the otherness of the Lybians by over darkening their skin tone - although I did try to keep the bow restricted to the native Egyptians where possible.
 
 
 
 
 
Egyptian scouts on the left, Egyptian cavalry in the middle, and skirmish cavalry archers on the right.
 
The anachronistic Chariots have bowmen, I really should have swapped them for javelins, and perhaps one day I will, as they are not armed with them in Armati.  Equally debatable, is the high number of cavalry available, however, they need them to cope with the other armies in their period (Age of Antiquity, in Armati), as they are considered past the Biblical peroid, when they would be too powerful.
 
 
 
 
 
Lydian Hoplites, Greek Peltasts, and Greek Hoplites.
 
The Greeks and Lydians are very poor.  I never use them, and only painted them to complete the options.  I don't like them at all, and I think it shows in the job I did on the figures.  Luckily, we use this army most often, as a matched pair with an Early Achamenid Persian army which has equally poor foot - being based on Herodotus, and not on any battle winning options, as most such army lists are.  I consciously refuse to take Immortals or Hoplites for either army when setting up that scenario.  I'm completing the Persians myself now though, to keep the pair available for my own use.
 
Figures are Essex, Xyston and Chariot, the Hoplites have VVV shield Transfers.
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