Well thats Xmas done again, managed to cook the goose to satisfaction of both Mother & Mother in Law, hence not cooking my goose in the process if you catch my drift.
Now looking forward to Mondays Raphia game, the thorny problem of the Seleucid Arab levy has been solved by massing together sixteen persian archers and a dozen maotian light infantry. They don't look absolutely spot on but are suitably disreputable. They'll be fielded with a basic leadership of four ( under WAB Ancients) using warband rule 1 to give an initial leadership of seven, this should give the desired effect of them buggering off as soon as some one says boo to them. Or alternatively they'll stick around for the entire game and inflict huge casualties. See following battle report and pictures for the result.
I was toying with the idea of buying and painting some figures exclusively for this unit but it seemed a little excessive for a single battle, however having seen the Copplestone Somalis which seem closest to the type I am almost tempted to pair them up with some camel riders and build an early Arab army as a side project.