The first of these could just as easily been my nostalgia round entry as I have painted up my fair share of Persian heavy cavalry in my time. All the Persians are the old Chariot Miniatures figures before they became Magister Militum, so they really are old school.
Ian I nearly did a spit take with my Sunday morning coffee when I first saw the post. Then I realized that these were not 6mm figures, but 15mm. This reduced my reaction from "Egads man, what wizardry is this" to "geez I wish I could get these results". Anyway, as someone whose painted up a lot of figures from the this era, I say these are excellent! I am looking forward to seeing more of these horse boys.
I very much like these proper old school armies you building. None of this cross dressing robotic stuff or trying to compensate for shortcomings by building impossibly large SF tanks that you see these days, but real armies that you would see in Charles Grant's or Featherstone's books.
I had some Chariot figures from their French Revolutionary range and really enjoyed painting them. I hadn't realized their fate, but its great to know that they still exist.
I particularly like the Agema with the face masks and horse armour, likely too heavy for Alex's time but great for the early successors. I can imagine Antigonus One-eye or Eumenes of Cardia fielding both the Agema and the Asiatic cavalry in the same force.
I will also note that you seem to have traded one form of insanity for another. Not content with individually mounted pikes in 6mm hands, you are simultaneously building the same armies in two different scales.