As mentioned in my last post, the Society of Ancients Battle Day for 2023 has been announced as 2nd Mantinea, 362BC. This is the first time in a couple of years that the battle is one I have armies for, so I'm determined to make the most of it. Pleasingly, although I don't have all of the troops I'll need painted yet, I do have a pretty decent start made on them.
My rules of choice will likely be Lost Battles, so it's the Lost Battles scenario I'll look to to work out how many more troops I'll need to paint up. Bearing in mind that the troop scale is 2.5, it will be 1250 men per average infantry unit, half that for veterans, double for levies, and average cavalry will represent 625 actual horsemen per unit.
2 x Veteran Hoplites (Spartan)
8 figures per unit - 16 figures total
13 x Average Hoplites (5 x Athenian, 2 x Mantinean, 2 x Elean, 2 x Achaean, 1 Arcadian, 1 Allied
16 figures per unit - 208 figures total
1 x Average Light Infantry (Mercenary)
16 figures per unit
3 x Average Heavy Cavalry (1 Spartan, 1 Athenian, 1 Elean Achaean and Arcadian)
9 figures per unit - 27 figures total
Total figures needed: 224 hoplites, 16 light infantry, 27 heavy cavalry
Average Leader plus Veteran Hoplites (Epaminondas and the Sacred Band)
8 figures per unit, plus Epaminondas and companion - 10 figures total
8 x Average Hoplites (2 x Theban, 3 x Boeotian, 2 x Tegian, 1 Megapolitan, Asean and Pallantian)
16 figures per unit - 128 figures total
5 x Levy Hoplites (2 x Argive, 1 Euboean, 1 Thessalian, 1 Messenian and Sicyonian)
32 figures per unit - 160 figures total
3 x Average Light Infantry ( 1 x Locrian, Malian and Aenianian, 1 Thessalian, 1 Euboean and Mercenary)
16 figures per unit - 48 figures total
4 x Average Heavy Cavalry (2 x Thessalian, 1 Theban, 1 Boeotian)
9 figures per unit - 36 figures total
Total figures needed: 2 leaders, 296 hoplites, 48 light infantry, 36 heavy cavalry
Grand total: 2 leaders, 524 hoplites, 64 light infantry, 63 heavy cavalry
Next step will be to work out how many figures I have already painted, and how many are in the lead mountain. Hopefully I will not need to buy any more, but if I do, it won't be the biggest disaster in the world. There is a little flexibility, too: if I end up being short I could use 12 figure units for light infantry and 24 figure units for the levy hoplites without losing too much in the look of it all.
64 Thebans (Xyston), 64 Generic hoplites (Black Hat) / 8 unpainted (unknown make), 88 unpainted (Xyston) - 224. (300 if Italians are added) - enough for Thebans
64 Spartans, 96 Generic hoplites (Xyston) / 64 unpainted (Xyston) - enough for Allies.
48 Levy hoplites (Old Glory Italians, but they could pass at a pinch)
28 Hoplites (Chariot Italians which could pass at a pinch).
48 Light Infantry with javelin and small shield (old Glory) / 32 unpainted (Xyston)
48 light infantry with bow or sling.
Oodles of peltasts.
Unpainted (all Xyston):
8 Mounted Generals
8 Cavalry with petasos and pilos in chitons
12 Cavalry with Boiotian helmets
8 Cavalry armoured with Boiotian helmets
12 Thessalian Cavalry with cloaks and chitons
20 Cavalry with petasos and pilos in metal and linen armour
12 Spartan Cavalry
19 foot command
64 Spartan hoplites, 88 Theban hoplites, 19 foot command
80 cavalry, though I can get away with a few less.
Ideally, I would purchase and paint up another 72 generic hoplites (and about 120 more so I don't have to use Spartans for Athenians etc.!) I will think about this...