Originally Posted by MontytheMighty
It's also worth mentioning that the legendary Homeric age of The Iliad and The Odyssey coincides with the historical Mycenaean age (and thus predates the Greek classical age by ~1,000 years).
Yes, but it might surprise readers to know that Abnett was actually staying true to the spirit of Homer's work. Case in point, the 'Iliad' itself is anachronistic in the sense that, beyond the depiction of "heroic combat" between champions (which would have been apropos to the age), it talks about phalanxes where the main battles are concerned.
That shouldn't be surprising, though, considering that Homer probably wrote around the time when hoplite phalanxes started to become prevalent in Greece. His contemporaries and their descendants only continued this trend, by depicting the heroes of the 'Iliad', their battles, etc., in clothing, weapons, armour, etc., out of their own era.
IMO, the Mycenaean culture has a rather Middle Eastern flavour (it's almost half-way between Mesopotamia and classical Greece). I thought it was pretty neat to have a chapter based on a less well-known culture.
Ehhhh... not so much. Visually speaking, there is a great contrast between the Myceneans and their contemporaries in Asia Minor, modern Palestine, and Egypt. There are similarities in their mode of combat and their systems of government, to be sure, but those similarities extended throughout the Mediterranean during much of the known "B.C." era... even among cultures that had little to do with one another.
If you really want to pigeon-hole them, the Iron Snakes are warriors out of a Mycenaean legend, with bastardized names ranging from 12th century Greece to post-Alexandrian Persia, and fighting in a 40k style that's informed by small unit tactics, classical Greek phalanxes, high technology, and heroic challenges.