630 BCE - 314 BCE
The Army in Action -- Doing what it does best, forcing the enemy line to
stretch out to ward off flanking attacks and defend its camp. Most historical
opponents have larger blocks of Hoplites. The Kurenaioi do not want to engage
them in a straight-up line fight. They must use their mobility to keep the enemy
off balance. If a dismounting chariot breaks through to the enemy camp, the
dismounted spear unit cannot be killed in a fight against camp followers.
Terrain is two medium sized swamps placed diagonally in the center of the field
-- they provide sufficient cover for the psiloi, help break up a large spear
line of the enemy, and do not provide excess cover for an enemy with a lot of
bad going troops.
Ho Strategos -- The General (LCh or 4Sp)
Hai Hamaxai -- The Carts (LCh//Sp)
Hoi Nautoi -- The Mariners (LCh//Sp)
[ Rear Angle ]
Hoi Hetairoi -- The Companions (LCh//Sp)
Ta Tethrippa -- The Four Horse Chariots (LCh)
Hoi Oikoi -- The Household Guard & Hoi Aphristeis --
The Dolphin Guard (4Sp)
Hoi Tureuteres -- The Jokers & Hoi Poloi --
The rest of the Gang (4Sp)
Camp for I/56 Kyrenean Greek, suitable for any Greek army,
and particularly for any Doric states.
The army depicted is I/56a Kyrenean Greek 630 BCE - 314 BCE Hoi Kurenaioi --
The Kyreneans 1xLCh or 4Sp Gen (or 3Cv Gen - not included), 2xLCh, 2xLCh//4Sp,
15mm figures, including charioteeers by Xyston. Chariots by Essex. Spears
1/16" brass wire, javelins .020 mil brass wire, spear heads hammered out.
About half the spears also have butt spikes hammered out.
The Essex Kyrenean army pack includes the wrong type of chariots; it only has
generic 2H curved body chariots. For the 3 regular LCh in the list, I used Essex
MEPA81, Libyan 4H chariot (the yokes for the horses are carved from plastic,
they were not included). For the two dismounting LCh, BSE91, Infantry cart
w/driver (scratch-built plastic sides added to look better with standing hoplite
figures). Chariot drivers and javelineers converted from Xyston peltasts and a
general. Drivers' whips made from .020 mil brass wire.
Psiloi, are Kretan archers. (Rhodian slingers, or Libyan javelineers would
also be appropriate choices. Kurene had close cultural ties with Krete and
Rhodes, and Libyans were their neighbors.)
Hoplites, are mostly Spartans with pilos helmets. Kurene was a colony of the
island of Thera, itself an earlier colony of Sparta. They maintained close
cultural ties with both. The open pilos helmet seemed a sensible choice for
troops in the desert. A few Korinthian helmets with flashy crests are thrown in
too, Kurene was pretty cosmopolitan. And a few bronze cuirasses, but only in the
cart-borne hoplites and in the optional Sp General stand.
Shield designs were individually chosen by each soldier. Designs here are
inspired from Greek art (not specific historical shields, those belonged to
other soldiers), and a few from the contemporary Egyptian zodiac illustrations
of their neighbors.
The priestesses in the camp are converted from Xyston tribal womenfolk. The
rock formation is made from layers of balsa wood and putty. See more details
in the camp gallery.
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