These are a continuation of a very old project, which is to build a Ptolemaic phalanx on a grand scale, for use in a grand re-fight of Raphia at Partizan in early June next year.
The plan is to combine these beautifully sculpted Polemarch Machimoi (Egyptian Phalangites) from Gripping Beast, with their Foundry equivalents. I absolutely love the tall crested helmets, which I assume are based on the Sidon stelae.
When I started this project (over 2 years ago!), I made the mistake of using an Army Painter primer. This provided a convenient base colour, but created a surface textured like fine grain sandpaper, which wasn’t at all good to paint over, and which put me off the project after I’d only managed to complete 30 miniatures (one shown in the link, at centre). This time, I’m stripping the remaining primed miniatures and using my trusty can of Halford’s white. The Jenga blocks are mounts for ease of painting.
I need an awful lot more of these miniatures to build a phalanx of the large size I covet. If you happen to have a bag of these Polemarch phalangites, or the similar Foundry miniatures in the link, that you always meant to paint but never quite got around to, please drop me a line. I’d be delighted to swap for them, or buy them off you!