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Korvessa25 Jan 2020 2:04 p.m. PST

How often did Alexander actually ride Bucephalus into battle?
In the famous mosaic: link

it is decidedly not a black horse (possibly chestnut?).
The reason I ask on painting board is trying to decide what color horse to give good ole AtG in my new army…

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2020 7:54 a.m. PST

When in doubt, go with tradition/legend rather than limited evidence. Go with black with an ox head shaped blaze. Remember, Alexandros is watching us from Olympios.

JJartist05 Feb 2020 11:46 a.m. PST

A number of times, Alexander is noted as riding Bucephalus up to the start of battle commencing then switching horses. Often many horses died in Alexander's battles, breaking down, KIA, pursuit. One of the Macedonian cavalry's secret weapons was their grooms bringing up fresh remounts for the riders, once unhorsed, or just to keep the pressure on.

But on the tabletop, old horses never tire out so go with Bucephalus.


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