Sunday, November 25, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
24 Thesbian Hoplites with light armour 293 points
I don't know if Steve Saleh is planning to do any Persians for Artizan (there have been comments to that effect). Otherwise, I bought some Vendel figures and they seem pretty compatible. Perhaps I will paint one or two to see how they come out.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I am now waiting for the next Spartans release from Artizan as that will provide some musicians; although it is annoying that they are going to package those with King Leonidas. There will be an awful of lot of Leonidas on eBay, I suspect.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
He carries the typical Lakedaimonian staff, the bakteμrion. More likely to be carried by envoys travelling abroad on diplomatic missions than in battle, nevertheless, it is as typically Spartan as the triboμn cloak which, again, was unlikely to have been worn in battle. So what role this lovely figure will have in my classical Spartan army I am not yet sure!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I ordered my Artizan Spartans (the first two sets of armoured hoplites and the command pack) on Wednesday evening and they arrived Friday morning! First impression are very good indeed.
Unlike most of the later Spartans he did for Foundry Mike Owen has sculpted these figures with beards but no moustache, which is quite correct. Also the shields are that little bit bigger: also correct.
Size-wise they are completely compatible with the Foundry Greek figures (not always the case when a sculptor works for another manufacturer).
I will do a proper review when I have actually finished a figure; which will hopefully be later this week as I have started one as a test.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Just ordered 2 packs of hoplites and the command pack. I was sorting through my Foundry Greeks last weekend and those Steve Saleh figures are just wonderful so really looking forward to these. They have officially announced the Persians too, although I think that 12 packs of Persians will barely cover the main troop types. There are always the Vendel ones as well, though.
I will try to paint at least one as soon as they arrive!
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
12 Cretan Archers
12 Thracian Peltasts
6 Italian javelin men
8 Greek Light Cavalry
16 Greek/Macedonian Heavy Cavalry
2 Macedonian Generals
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Artizan designs have announced a new range of Spartans with Corinthian (or possibly Chalcidian-it's hard to tell from these shots whether they leave the ears exposed or not) rather than Pylos Helmets. Most other manufactureres depict Spartans in Pylos helmets so this is a welcome addition.
The whole issue of how to represent a Spartan Army has exercised me since I started this project. The figures I have decided to use are the Foundry ones also by Steve Saleh.
Now there are a number of distinct periods I would want to model and really it is not that easy to overlap the models used.
THERMOPYLAE 480BC AND THE PERSIAN WARS
Monday, April 16, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
This is a WAB command unit of Classical period Thracians wearing the patterned tunics. I bought a Foundry deal of these (80 figures) a couple of years ago to pitch against my classical Greeks. They are lovely to paint but take rather a long time because of all the patterns.
Monday, April 02, 2007
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Secondly, I am trying to finish all the half read novels I have. One of these is The Ten Thousand by Michael Curtis Ford. I started it and read the first half quickly but seemed to lose interest (something that some reviewers have mentioned). I must give it a go, maybe backing up a bit instead of trying to remember what happened.
Thirdly, I have just picked up Robin Waterfield's Xenophon's Retreat which aims to fill in the gaps left by Xenophon's own narrative (which Waterfield has recently newly translated).
My issue with a Spartan Army for WAB is just that it looks too tough and that historically it rarely suffered defeat. The solution is to morph my Spartan army into a Spartan led mercenary army. This will give me the opportunity to field a lot more troop types including some which I already have unpainted such as Thracians and Athenians. If I do end up getting Macedonians then I can get some Persians (Vendel's look nice) as well.
The final part of the puzzle was finding this excellent WAB Greek Mercenary List: