I wanted to experiment a bit with these using colored helmets. I've seen other examples of people having Hellenistic pike with brightly painted helmets, and although I thought they were very attractive, up until now I was too timid about it to try for myself. For these, I finally took the leap, and I think they came out quite nice. For those interested, for the red helmets, I used Vallejo Flat Red. My next group of phalangites will probably have helmets of some shade of blue.
The Antigonid pike are my favorite of all the Xyston ranges of Hellenistic phalangites. I think they have a suitably grim and professional look appropriate for a band of hardened mercenaries waging war in the time of the Diadochi. And being especially a fan of old Antigonos Monophthalmos ("One-Eye") himself, and even a bit of his grandson Gonatas ("Knock-Knees") - I love the epithets of the Macedonian Successor generals and monarchs - I can't help but preferring the Macedonian armies to those of the Ptolemies and Seleucids for my own collection. Besides, I think pike have become probably my favorite troop type in almost any Ancients game system - so much so that I keep finding myself drawing up test lists of Hellenistic Greek armies where I can max out on the pike and armored thorakitai.
I'll get to those Perry billmen soon, but instead, next up will be some elephants for my Successors.