So how did the figures paint up? Using "Monty's Method" I finished them in just under two weeks. That's fast by even my standards and a big thumbs up to FiB. I've used Old Glory 15s almost exclusively for the past 4 years. With FiB deep bench, variety and crisp detail, I won't be going back to Old Glory.
Scythed Chariots: (4-Horse Scythed Chariots - Later Seleucid pack) These are my favorite models of the army. Nothing says "Company is coming!" like feather-crowned horses! I'll be running two of these.
Sarmatian Heavy Cavalry: (Rhoxolani Armored Lancers) In the ADLG Pontic list, you can run Sarmatian horse as Impetuous heavy cavalry or as mounted bowmen. I should mention a single base of cavalry is a unit in the game. The banner is a my interpretation of the comet Mithradates claimed he was born under.
(Light Cavalry-Sarmatian) While less spectacular than their brass covered brethren, these horse archers are just what I need to "Shoot and Scoot".
Pontic Heavy Horsemen: (Companion Heavy Cavalry-Later Successor pack) These emphasize Mithridates' Hellenistic bend.
Javelinmen and Light Javelinmen: (Skythian Skirmishers) Mandatory in my Pontic list, I'm a bit nervous about how they'll hold up in melee.
Light Cavalry with Javelin:(Militia light cavalry) Mandatory and about as good as the javelinmen.
Imitation Legionaries: (Roman Argyraspides Infantry) After seeing his imitation legionaries beaten to a pulp by the real deal, Mithridates was heard to say "Accept no substitutes!"
Thureophoroi with long spears: (Thureophoroi Infantry - Later Successor) Love the red capes!
Pikemen: (Successor Asiatic Phalangites pack) No need to drill the hands out, I simply glued my metal spears (sold separately) into the hands and done!
The Pontics are the Swiss army knife of 88 BC with loads and loads of options! I'm already thinking about adding Galatians and some Thracians with 2 handed weapons.
King Mithridates of Pontus is one of my favorite "enemies of Rome." Pontus was situated in what is now northern Turkey. As King of Pontus, Mithridates styled himself after Alexander the Great and even acquired his cloak. Mithridates expansionist policies put him on a collision course with Rome. In his first campaign, he seized much of what is now modern-day Turkey and Greece. He orchestrated the massacre of 80,000 Roman citizens throughout Asia minor in a single day to collectively throw off the Roman yoke. When war came, Marius and Sulla each vied for the opportunity to lead legions to conquer and plunder the vast riches of the Pontic kingdom.
While Mithridates ultimately failed to beat Rome, it wasn't for a lack of effort or imagination. In his first campaign, he reintroduced scythed chariots to the battlefield, something not seen for a generation or two. In his second campaign, he employed Roman ex-pats to reform and retrain his army to fight in the Romans style, thus introducing the Imitation Legionaries. He also started leading from the front. In his third campaign, he utilized asymmetrical hit and run guerrilla warfare. For a man who was repeatedly at war with Rome, he managed to live long enough to die old.