January 30, 2016

Macedonians Join the Wars of Classical Greece range from Expeditionary Force

The Wars of Classical Greece
The Macedonian Army of Alexander the Great joins the The Wars of Classical Greece range from Expeditionary Force. As with all Ex-Force figures these 60mm plastic figures are among the finest ever put into plastic with all sorts of pose variations available with plug-in heads and arms.

Released in 2015
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GRK 09 R Cretan Archers
9 models – 1 Macedonian Officer + 8 Archers with bow & arrows, including option to convert 2 models into swordsmen
GRK 10 R  Agrarian Infantry
9 models – 1 Macedonian officer + 8 Agrianian with 6 javelineers and 2 slingers, with option for sword action poses 
GRK 11 R  Hypaspists
9 models – 1 Officer + 8 Soldiers, 4 in armor, and 4 unarmored – with spear plus options for javelin and sword
GRK 12 R Greek Mercenaries in Asia
9 models – 1 Officer (Spartan), 2 armored Hoplites (Spartan), 2 armored Archers, 2 unarmored Hoplites and 2 peltasts
GRK 13 R Phalangites 
9 models – 1 Officer + 8 Pikemen in armor with two-part pikes
GRK 14 R Allied Greek Hoplites
9 models – 1 Officer (Theban), 8 armored Hoplites including 2 Sacred Band Hoplites)  

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GRK15 R  Prodromoi Cavalry
5 models – 1 Officer + 4 Light Cavalrymen with lance
GRK 16 R Paeonian Cavalry
5 models – 1 Officer, 2 unarmored Medium Cavalrymen with spears and 2 Light Cavalrymen with javelins
GRK 17 R Thessalian Cavalry
5 models – 1 Officer, 2 Noble Cavalry in armor with spear and 2 Light Cavalrymen unarmored with javelins
GRK 18 R Allied Greek Cavalry
9 models – 1 Officer, 2 armored Cavalrymen with spears and 2 Light Cavalrymen with javelins
GRK 19 R Alexander’s Companion Cavalry
5 models – 1 Officer + 4 Companion Cavalrymen in armor with lance, with option of head for Alexander the Great
GRK 20 R Philip’s Companion Cavalry
5 models – 1 Officer + 4 Companion Cavalrymen with lance, with option for head for King Philip

The Macedonians were an ancient tribe that lived on the alluvial plain around the rivers Haliacmon and lower Axios in the northeastern part of the Greek peninsula. Essentially an ancient Greek people, they gradually expanded from their homeland along the Haliacmon valley on the northern edge of the Greek world, absorbing or driving out neighbouring tribes, primarily Thracian and Illyrian.

Although composed of various clans, the Kingdom of Macedon established around the 8th century BC is mostly associated with the Argead dynasty, and the tribe named after it. Traditionally ruled by independent families, the Macedonians seem to have accepted Argead rule by the time of King Alexander I (r. 498–454 BC). Under King Philip II (r. 359–336 BC), they are credited with numerous military innovations, which enlarged their territory and increased their control over other areas, leading to the exploits of Alexander the Great.

Released in 2014

EXF-GRK01R Classical Greeks- Psiloi Archers & Slingers 
EXF-GRK02R Classical Greeks- Peltasts
EXF-GRK03R Classical Greeks- Hoplites  
EXF-GRK04R Classical Greeks- Spartans Sacred-Band  
EXF-GRK05R Classical Greeks- Cavalry Set 1 
EXF-GRK06R Classical Greeks- Cavalry Set 2

Classical Greece was a 200-year period in Greek culture lasting from the 5th through 4th centuries BC. This Classical period saw the annexation of much of modern-day Greece by the Persian Empire, its subsequent independence, and it also had a powerful influence on the Roman Empire and greatly influenced the foundations of western civilization. Much of modern Western politics, artistic thought (architecture, sculpture), scientific thought, theatre, literature, and philosophy derives from this period of Greek history. In the context of the art, architecture, and culture of Ancient Greece, the Classical period, sometimes called the Hellenic period, corresponds to most of the 5th and 4th centuries BC (the most common dates being the fall of the last Athenian tyrant in 510 BC to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC). The Classical period in this sense follows the Archaic period and is in turn succeeded by the Hellenistic period.

EXF-GRK07R Thracian Tribal Infantry 
EXF-GRK08R Thracian Tribal Cavalry
he first historical record about the Thracians is found in the Iliad, where they are described as allies of the Trojans in the Trojan War against the Greeks.

EXP-PSN01 Persian- Archers & Slingers
EXP-PSN02 Persian- Kardakes Infantry with Javelin & Axe
EXP-PSN03 Persian-Provincial (Medium) Infantry
EXP-PSN03M Persian- Medes Provincial Infantry
EXP-PSN04 Persian- Satrap Guard Heavy Infantry with Spear & Bow – Persians 
EXP-PSN04F Persian- Satrap Guard Infantry with Spear & Bow – Phrygians
EXP-PSN05 Persian Light Cavalry  
EXP-PSN06 Persian- Satrap Guard Cavalry

The Persians or Medes were distantly related to the Scythians, the Hittites, the Greeks and the Romans, and they spoke a related language. They settled in what is now Iran. In 559 BC Cyrus, who was a Persian, made himself king. Cyrus (SIGH-russ) soon conquered West Asia: the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Jews, the Phoenicians and the Syrians, and also the Lydians and the Greeks. When Cyrus died in 530 BC, his son Cambyses (cam-BYE-sees) became king. In 521 BC Darius (da-RYE-us), who was a Persian and a Zoroastrian but only a distant cousin of Cyrus and Cambyses, seized the throne. He moved the Persian capital to the new city of Persepolis.

In 490 BC, Darius tried to conquer Athens and mainland Greece. Some of the Greek cities, like Thebes, surrendered to Darius or made treaties with him. But Athens fought back and defeated the Persians, and Darius took his troops and went home. The next Persian king, Xerxes (ZERK-sees), put down a big rebellion in Egypt and then attacked Greece again in 480 BC. But Xerxes was also defeated, and went home. The Persians pretty much stopped trying to expand their empire then.
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