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Over the many
years I have been asked, both online, and in person to explain how to
start a Successor miniature game's army. Or more precisely- where to
start. Indeed there are lots of options and little to build from except
game lists and stacks and stacks of books. Even then one might be left
in a position of having much more information, but not a way to plan
forward. It is tough to start a big project. It is often more difficult
to stay laser focused on that same project. To this end I wrote up a bit
of an introduction in Wargames Soldiers and Strategy Magazine which the
editor was kind enough to run in issue #108, titled 'A long winding road
to the early Successors - Crossover ancients'. The PDF version can be
acquired at a very reasonable price at:
"Crossover Army" by this definition is one that has many units that
other armies can use. Thus allowing the most bang for the buck when you
start making your decisions of where to start. For example in the image
above all the units could be in one army, or many separate ones. Cretan
Archers can be used with Greeks, Macedonians, Macedonian Successors,
Roman Republic, Marian (or Caesar's) Rome, Carthage, to name some but
not all possibilities. Cretan archers are probably the most useful of
all for the period of the Macedonian and the Punic Wars.
Cretan Archers 28mm by Relic
Miniatures LTD, and Wargames Foundry.
Painting your Cretan shields, resources and
You can start
at the very top with some of the excellent commander figures available.
This one (below) is by Aventine in 28mm.
Then you can build the elite cavalry, squadron by squadron. Start with
six at a time and you can vary the squadron colors to suit your tastes.
There are many figures for Early Successors cavalry available in metal
and now plastic. These shown below are older figures, which I often use
as Thessalian cavalry.
models, released in the last few years by Victrix are very dramatic. The
horses are a bit large for the period, but they are action packed
The phalanx is the core
unit in the Early Successor army. Above various ancient figures
(including some very old 25mm figures)
battle Paul Rigby's nicely done, and much better fed, 28mm
Polemarch miniatures. This was a Warhammer Ancient Battles Successors
In a classic game, my Epirote (Pyrrhus of
Epirus) WAB army takes on Don Manser's rock hard Seleucid army.
My elephant was too late to turn the flank and I was crushed by the
weight of his elite Seleucid silver shields. My Old Glory models and
Don's Foundry elites duke it out.
A close up of my Old Glory elite phalanx
getting hammered by Paul Rigby's Polemarch Miniatures phalanx
with fancy LBMS shield transfers in 28mm.
The phalanx needs flank
protection and these Tarantine cavalry are favorites. Originally from
the heel of Italy these cavalrymen with javelins and large shields
cavalry tactics. Before they came east as hirelings of Antigonos
Monopthalmos, cavalry rarely used shields.
After their successes, many Greek and Macedonian cavalry began to shift
to shorter spears, and/or javelins and large shields.
Most of these models are by Relic Miniatures, on mixed horses, a few Old
Glory and Magister Militum oldies fill out the troop.
cavalry were only aligned with the Antigonids at first. Later on most
empires created or hired Tarentines styled cavalry.
Their tactical style defined their units, even when none of them were
from Tarentum. Another element of the Successor style of warfare was
Various types of mercenaries would be given land to seed future levies
The Successors fielded
useful troops from their currently controlled provinces. Here former
Persian empire light cavalry
called hippakontastai are skirmishing at close quarters with the
Tarentines. These Persians types are generic enough to work with
Imperial Macedonian, Bactrian, Eumenid, and any other far eastern
Satrapal cavalry levy.
Here some heavy
Thessalian cavalry on the right are striking at some lesser armored
mounted scouts on the left.
These are mostly old Vendel figures, except for the officer on the
War elephants are a major component of almost
all Early Successor armies. Some of the largest forces
of war elephants dueled in the dust for supremacy over Alexander the
Great's fractured empire. Protective towers
appear toward the end of the Early Successor period. Elephants
needed to be screened to protect them from
nimble skirmishers. Up to fifty or more skirmishers were assigned to
elephant to ward off the enemy threat to feet, trunk, and the mahout.
resin elephant kit can be used for Indian or Early Successor's bare back
This fellow is an officer, possibly the elephantarch- captain of
Thracians were colorful mercenaries and
levies. These are armed with the rhomphaia which were one or two handed
like scythes. The rhomphaia became more common after the Early Successor
Hoplites were hired and
fought for all sides in Early Successor's battles. Many of the Greek
states rebelled after Alexander died.
The Athenian led revolt known as "The Lamian War" at first was
successful but the Macedonians were able to pour in massive
reinforcements and crush the rebels.
More to come... watch this space. Thanks
to Marcia for the very fine photos.
Miniatures on this page:
Miniatures Aventine Miniatures
Vendel Miniatures (currently available as Thistle and Rose
Miniatures on Facebook)