Military miniatures, ancient history, Macedonians and Successors, Alexander the Great's campaigns and scenarios for Warhammer Ancient Battles by Jeff Jonas

Warhammer Ancient Battles (WAB) : Alexander the Great (AtG)
20 years anniversary 2003-2023

Warhammer Ancient Battles Alexander the Great is the offspring of the Warhammer Historical Wargames
Alexander the Great gaming supplement which will celebrate twenty years next year.
I thought I would start the trip down memory lane by discussing the artwork
by the great Giuseppe Rava and Jonny Hodgson.


  Ancient Historical Gaming
  with Military Miniatures during
  the era of Alexander the Great

Welcome to AncientBattles.Com. is a place to find information on wargaming with military miniatures and ancient military history, but mostly the era of Alexander the Great, his enemies, and the Successors of his empire, both the Early and Later Successors.
Also included on the site are tips on how to paint miniature soldiers by Jeff Jonas and others such as Allen Curtis, and lots and lots of photos!  
Unless it is noted otherwise these miniatures are all painted and assembled by yours truly.
Photos copyright Jeff Jonas and Marcia Siggins Jonas 2020.

Enjoy the pictures, and your games!

Thanks for all your support for this website over the years.

Jeff Jonas

Please send any comments to:

A very Roman Ruckus

I played a game in public yay!


Mardian archers

Persia's effective archers at Issus

Wargames Atlantic to be compared to Victrix Persians.


Cretan Archer shields


Agrianian peltasts

Alexander's elite killer commandos


Greek hoplites in a series of photo essays:

Make your own Spartan and Greek hoplite shield decals:


Here come the Spartans... models in 28mm.



And then there are elephants (TBD):

ElephantArchos the battle of elephants


Ptolemaic African elephants on the left (Relic) battle Seleucid war elephants. (Aventine)

   Warhammer Alexander the Great  

   Philip and the young Alexander scout the Greek battleline
    at  the battle of Chaeronea 338 BC

      Alexander the Great Clarifications & Unofficial Errata

      Alexander the Great FAQ's    

      Alexander the Great Materials & Links

      Alexander the Great & AoA in tournaments

       Giuseppe Rava painted the dynamic cover art for the Warhammer Ancient Battles, Alexander the Great supplement.
Check out his Military art prints, book cover art, and box art for  many Italerai and Zvezda 20mm models. See his work at:

     A very old phalangite...

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     An amazing Alexander the Great 30mm+  figure from Spain!

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      The Macedonian Army Gallery

      The Xyston


   The Rise of Ancient Macedon  


      The Origins of Macedonian Tactics

      Philip's Conquest of Greece

      Chaeronea the Decisive Clash


   Alexander's Battles   

      Vendel Macedonian Figure Sizes

      Granicus      Gaugamela      Megalopolis

      The Campaign and Battle of Issus

      Alexander in India

      Alexander's Army in WAB

      Orders of Battle


         Greek Armies  

      Gorgon Spartans

      Greek Mercenary Army List

      Painting Greek Mercenaries

Heroes of Ancient Greece  


    Scythians and Nomads  

      Into the Land of Bones,  Alexander's Afghanistan campaign

      Scythians or Skythians


   Later Achaemenid Persia  

New Persians! Wargames Atlantic 28mm plastic figures coming soon:


      An AtG Persian army at Orcon 2011

      Some Persian troops in photos

      Darius III's War Chariot

      Battlestandard 28mm Later Persian Miniatures

      Kardakes or Cardaces?

   The Indian Army  


Tom Lovell's fantastic National Geographic paintings inspired it all! 

      Vince Salvato's Indians (Simply the finest!)

      Indian Elephants

      Tim Haslam's Vendel Indians

      Brand NEW Aventine 28mm Indian elephant crews:


   Thrace and Illyria  

  Excellent Thracians with superb cloaks:

  Thracians re enactors:


  Later Thracian mercenaries fight for King Perseus of Macedonia,
Relic, Newline Designs, Crusader, and Old Glory 28mm


   Successors of Alexander  

   Thorakites and Thureophoroi (New stuff 2021)

     Wargames Atlantic, Relic, Old Glory, Aventine, Polemarch,
A&A, and Newline 28mm Thureophoroi
Don't forget these models are good stuff!

    28mm Aetolian Javelinmen

      A&A Aetolians, famous Hellenistic Greek era skirmishe
rs ...

      Galatian Raiders

Galatian small
 28mm Relic Galatians


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     How to paint an Elephant:

     Seleucid War Elephant 28mm


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      Historicon Games & Tournaments

      AtG Imperial Meltdown 2004

      OrcCon04     Kublacon04

      Antigonid WAB Macedonian Army

      Alexander:  the movie

   Battle Reports 

      Thunder Down Under    Successor battles in Perth, Australia

      Syrian Wars Part One

Successor Army Tests

      Phalanx vs. Legion in WAB

      Ptolemaic Successor Elephants

      Bactrian Armies

      Jim Clarke's Parthians

      Joe Derocher's Early Successors

      1st Corps Ptolemaic figures

 Epirote Army
      Tony Edwards makes an excellent Pyrrhic presentation!

      Epirote Army List
      Includes AB files by Richard Evers

      The Battle of Heraclea
      Epirote vs. Rome battle scenario

      Pyrrhus in Sicily

      Vendel 28mm Epirote elephant

      The Army of Antigonos 1st  (Monopthalmos)
      a 1500-2000 WAB Illustrated army list circa 2001




Aventine 28mm tent banner of Eumenes' Cult of Alexander 317 BC.



Hydaspes Photo Slide Show
Jeff and Marcia's Photos

I'm very proud of my work on the Slingshot Battle of Hydaspes Gameday issue 297.
 I was especially honored to be featured alongside my mentor and idol Duncan Head.
 Who has inspired me all these years of miniature collection and gaming this era.
 It was a great collaboration.

I must say it is such a privilege, and great fortune to be part of such a group:

  • Alexander's Army at the Hydaspes, by Duncan Head
  • The Ancient Indian Army of Poros, by Jeff Jonas
  • Commands & Colors on the Tabletop (2) by Steven Neate
  • Emperors, Elephants and Electronic Discussions, by David Kay
  • The Elephant in the Room, by Mark Fry
  • An Anglo-Irish Urban Militia, by Mick Hession
  • When Caesar's Away, the Gauls Will Play, by Chris Hahn
  • The Classical Indian Archer, by Richard Lockwood



Marcia photographed the Slingshot magazine cover shot of Poros.
Figures by Newline Designs and 1st Corps.

Credit where credit is due. My lovely wife stands by me in all I do.
She shoots to the good photos and makes it all cool!
I'm lucky to have such a loving and lovely partner.

   New things:

   Coming soon! Decision on the Indus
   Seleucus I vs. Chandragupta Maurya

    Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy #121.

   Killing Alexander: A WSS Lion Rampant scenario

    Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy #114.

    Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy #109.



          War Elephants 28mm in plastic: Two variants.


          Victrix LTD's super cool plastic 28mm war elephant arrives!
          See the Carthaginian version above, or the Ptolemaic below.


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War elephants part one

War elephants part two

War elephants part three reference

  Galatians Invade Macedonia 279 BC    

New photos from the recent WSS article


        Antiochus IV by Aventine

Seleucid King Antiochus IV and his Galatian bodyguards.
28mm Command set by
Aventine Miniatures.

    Scythed chariots are so Seleucid

28mm Scythed Chariot Gripping Beast

Seleucid Scythed Chariot. 28mm Gripping Beast

Review on TMP     Available at Gripping Beast


     Elephant Raphia rampage!

    28mm Relic Miniatures super new resin Seleucid war elephant
                   alongside Aventine's and Polemarch's fine models.

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   Raphia small jjonas

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      See the "Cage Match of Empires" at:

      WS&S 91 217 BC - The ancient world at war


     Relevant to WSS issue 91:

      June 217 BC Ptolemy IV vs. Antiochus III

Relic Miniature's award winning Antiochus III in  29mm


        Antiochus III and Ptolemy IV side by side
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New Antiochus III by Relic Miniatures LTD
Can also be constructed as Seleucus Nicator.

       (Figures painted by Relic Miniatures)

      Ancient Syrian Wars, get the latest campaign news
(with apologies to the people of Syria on all sides suffering
           the worst kind of war. War without end).

      28mm Aventine Macedonian Commander

     Latest Ancient Syrian Wars report (a few years back)

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  Antigonos Monophthalmos 28mm Polemarch

The greatest of Alexander's Successors, laid low at Ipsus in 301 BC

Be sure to check out Simon Miller's

impressive Ipsus game using the "To The Strongest" rules.

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     Pyrrhus of Epirus 28mm Wargames Foundry

     The gambler king from Epirus, he took on Rome and the world!

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    ROME on the march!

  Roman armies and campaigns



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Miniatures Game Rules

Rick Priestley's Hail Caesar is a great game set for Alexander's battles

Hail Caesar review:


New rules sets of interest to the Alexandrian gamer

To The Strongest review:

Swordpoint reviews:

   Warhammer Ancient Battles  
The Game that started this website

Discussion Topics:

WAB rides again  2017?

Spartan Drill   War Machines

  Fall of the West Notes

 Jervis Johnson's  WAB Errata

WAB: army ideas for new players


      BoardGameGeek Review of WAB

Link is dead, but WAB lives on here!

    (The olden days)

      New Figures on the Block

      Jeff Jonas Miniatures Page

      Painting Ideas

      The Norton Testudo


      Guest Page

      Site Map

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Barbara Jonas memorial page

     The late, and missed,
    Allen Curtis talks about projects on

Samuel Unitt and the soldiers
of the CEF World War One

Dan Green
Veteran of Patton's Third Army

Heine Baekkelund
WAB gamer and friend

Rick Johnson
An inspired person and a inspiring talent.





Macedonian soldiers from the Agios Athanasios Tumulus.
They wear painted helmets and carry colored shields embossed with geometric patterns known as Macedonian stars and crescents.





Leonidas in 60mm by Conte from the toy rack at Brookhurst Hobbies.

Darius III jjonas

Darius III and his retinue occupy a favored space in my miniature cabinet!


Aventine 28mm Ptolemaic Banner on the left.
On the right, a 28mm Vendel miniature in Seleucid styling.