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Raphia in 15mm

Post by Frostie on Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:59 am

Inspired by Simon Miller, of Big Red Bat Blog fame, last year I decided to collect both sides to refight the successor battle of Raphia between the Seleucids and the Ptolomys.

It is a large undertaking with nearly 1500 figures and 34 elephants. I have used Xyston figures for all of the collectrion.

There are plenty of work in progress pictures on my blog

https://warrenswargamerantings.blogstop.com

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Re: Raphia in 15mm

Post by Gaius Cassius on Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:45 pm

For some reason your link above doesn't work for me.
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Re: Raphia in 15mm

Post by Jim Webster on Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:20 am

Gaius Cassius wrote:For some reason your link above doesn't work for me.

same here Sad
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Re: Raphia in 15mm

Post by Frostie on Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:35 am

Hi there,

Sorry Guys, I've just copied and pasted this one

https://warrenswargamerantings.blogspot.com

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Re: Raphia in 15mm

Post by Frostie on Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:35 am

Just checked it worked....

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Re: Raphia in 15mm

Post by Zippee on Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:38 am

Hah, we're doing similar things

Although my elephant total only comes to 24!

I went with a big purchase from last year's FIB kickstarter and am slowly making progress - halted by moving house, but starting again now.

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Only another 384 phalangites to go
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Re: Raphia in 15mm

Post by Frostie on Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:50 am

Zippee,

Very Agema too!

I love the war and Empire figures I have about 600 Punic Wars Romans plus Gauls from their first Kickstarter, a large Sassanid Persian army from their second and have pledged for their third and will buy Normans, Vikings and Anglo-Saxon.

The only reason I went with Xyston is that I already had hundreds of their figures and my Greeks and Persians are Xyston.

I love the elephants! Two beasts to a base look awsome and I love large collections lol

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Re: Raphia in 15mm

Post by Zippee on Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:12 pm

I have plenty of Xyston too but the changes in size across ranges has turned me off, and you can't beat the price of FIB at the reduced cost Kickstarter rates Smile

And I hate drilling the Xyston metal - it seems super hard.

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Re: Raphia in 15mm

Post by Frostie on Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:56 am

Zippee,

I agree totally with the Xyston argument. But I had too much metal and time invested to start over again.

If FIB had been around before.....

Would you be interested in offloading your Xyston?

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Re: Raphia in 15mm

Post by Zippee on Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:34 pm

Hi Frostie,

Fortunately all my Xystons tribal Thracian, therefore the difference in manufacturer is acceptable. Although they do rather dwarf my poor old Essex Gauls and Galatians Smile

I had been thinking about a hoplite army from Xyston for some time but fortunately I got to see a friend's Romans beforehand and noted the change in size.

That coupled with the pain of drilling 192 Thracian fists rather put me off the thought.
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Post by Frostie on Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:45 am

I have hundreds of hoplites and to be fair they are pretty good and not the larger ones like the Romans.

But I feel your pain about drilling the hands lol

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Post by Zippee on Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:05 am

It was more that any company who can allow that sort of arbitrary change in size between ranges can't really be trusted to ensure that later editions to a range were compatible either. A shame because the figures are great and the variety unmatched.

Yeah the FIB phalangites need drilling but they're relatively easy to drill - why the Xyston syuff has to be so damn hard and solid - no attempt at an open hand - is beyond me. And the separate shields just add the final nail, I'm always having re-assemble my Pahplagonians Smile
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