Somewhere in my loft is a 25mm Seleucid wargames army. Metal figures, all painted by me, glued onto cardboard which I painted green. It fought a good few times at a wargames club near my school. Mostly I lost, as I had no better idea of tactics than to advance and roll the dice when my forces collided with someone else’s.
But I still cherish the victory I achieved over a cavalry force, probably of Sassanid Persians. This was nearly impossible under the rules, as they had all the mobility. So I had to force them to come to me. I set my army up in a corner of the board/table, in a square with an open rear and side at the edge of the table. The L-shape of the rest was anchored on a hill, and I waited for my foe to execute a flank march to enter my square from behind. When he did so — as I thought he would, rather than try to attack heavy infantry in square — I rearranged my square to place my best troops facing where he had to appear. He duly did, with all his heavy cavalry, and duly got pummelled. Victories were few in those days, but that one I recall.
This evening I wondered if anyone still makes 25mm metal figures of ancient armies. A hunt around the web revealed that Essex Miniatures still do. Their website is here (that link takes you straight to the ancients page). Prices are probably about the same, considering the depreciation; now about $1.50 per foot figure. The image is of a painted late Macedonian phalangite.
The left hand frame indexes to five different “pages” of armies and figures, all of which seem to relate to the old Wargames Research Group army lists. How I remember those! My own force was equipped in accordance with it, although the rules rather hampered anyone who wanted to deploy a phalanx.
I feel something of a tug, to order some figures, buy some paints — acrylic, rather than enamel — and paint up a few. But whatever would I do with them? Alas, my days as a table-top general are over.