Sunday 12 November 2023

ProjectSeleukid - Phrygians and Kyrtians

This weekend I have been able to finish off a couple more units for Project Seleukid. First up is a small two-company unit of Phrygians. At Magnesia, these are brigaded on the left with Taurus highlanders from southern Anatolia - Lykians, Pisidians, Pamphylians - and other unnamed tribes numbering 6,700 in total (according to Livy). There is no indication how they were equipped, but I have supposed them to be thureophoroi.

This unit, which could also serve as Phoenician thureophoroi at a push, is made up of 28mm Victrix Achaemenid spearmen with spare Macedonian phalangite heads and thureos shields from Aventine. I admit they were a bit of a slog to get through. Maybe that was just all the interruptions in the painting programme, but I'll say that I'm also not overly keen on the dynamic poses for massed troops... The dolphin transfers are from Veni Vidi Vici, intended for 10mm hoplites.

Also freshly completed are two companies of Kyrtian slingers. The Kyrtians were Zagros highlanders, living to the north of the Elymaian archers with whom they were brigaded at Magnesia (4,000 on each flank).

These are from the same box of Victrix Achaemenid spearmen who I have used to make the Phrygians. They look very glossy in the photo, but they'll get some matt varnish in the new year once the weather is suitable again.

And finally, here is a combined shot showing the five units and three characters I have completed so far for the project. Andrew is way ahead of me (see below), but that is no surprise because the man is a painting machine!


  1. Fantastic! What a great looking force!

  2. Mark from Thailand14 November 2023 at 13:04

    With all these different nationalities and no real national loyalty and unity - would you agree? - I can’t help comparing the Seleucids to the Austro-Hungarians.

    1. ... and that's why I have a 6mm Napoleonic Austrian army!

      There were obviously challenges for the Seleukids. At Raphia we know that Antiochos III needed translators to get his orders across. In the next generation, Antiochos IV seems to have tried to create a unifying element for the empire in the form of divine kingship which was linked with the prevailing sky-god across among the different subject nations.