Like buses, pike phalanx seem to come in threes. Yesterday, Simon MacDowall posted his splendid Silver Shields, and I see that tonight Craig has just posted his proud Pink Pikemen (so numerous that he can't capture them all in one photo frame!). Here is the left-most unit of my own forming Successor phalanx, the Libyan.
Their position on the extreme left of the phalanx, next to the guard units, suggests to me that they were considered more reliable than the local Egyptian phalangites. They were led by Ammonius the Barcan. His name sounds Punic; could there have been Carthaginian mercenaries present amongst them? Raphia was, after all, fought in the same year as Lake Trasimene...
The phalanx is a recent expansion and repaint of a repaint of an eBay purchase. The purple linothorax must be due to the availability of Murex sea-snails along the Punic Coast (or could alternatively be due to me being too lazy to change the colour). They are a real mix of the various Foundry pikemen.
Anyhow I'm delighted to squeeze these into 2012. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!