My favorite thing right now is 15mm Ancients. 15mm is smallish. For those that don't paint, its a bit taller than a penny. It's a good scale for masses of troops, good value for $ and also its what our club plays. I based this Pontic army for an excellent rules Impetus
. In Impetus, a unit is put on a single base and that allows you the opportunity to do some cool things like 3D basing!
I've finished up a Pontic army recently of about 180 figures. Holman probably knows who they were but I admit, I did not know much about them until I read the excellent book: The Poison King.
They were a mercenary army and fielded all sorts of troops from across Asia Minor. These guys are Arachosian Horse.
Since this Pontic army was at war with the Romans (3 campaigns!), I had to put a dead Roman on this base for a Scythed Chariot.
Bastarnae wielding the dreaded two handed Falx sword, which could cut right through a Legionnaires shield and also cut off an arm in a single blow.
Scythian horse archers. These fellows lived in the saddle:
Because ancient armies require a lot of figures, I paint en mass. I've painted almost 600 figures in 2012 for Mid Republican, Pontic and Gallic armies but with summer, its time to give my paintbrushes a rest.