These are later Thessallian cavalry, right around the time the Macedonians were on the rise thanks to the helenistic figure in the center there. Still, it could be pretty much any time with that phyrigian hat and linen armour... but seriously, who wears a cloak to a knife fight?
I like the Thessallian hats, and this is also the first time I've used green in a Greek element so far. I'm happy with it, although I'm not sure the Greeks had green dye...
The two latest elements as they look together. Their general direction is to the left in this pic, which I like for cavalry elements since they aren't really shock cavalry like knights.
All four cavalry element options for the Greek DBA army II/5... And that's it for 15mm Greeks for some time!
The cavalry general figure turned out pretty well. This was one of the only specific requirements for this commission: the general rides a white horse. I am happy with it.
The second general stand, this one a light horse. It turned out great, and I really enjoy doing leopard patterns too. I almost like this general better than the cavalry general in the previous picture. Unfortnately the general's companion seems a little out to lunch there... But it has a great effect I think.
The first of three Thessallian cavalry elements for the DBA army. I really like the hats and the character of the figs here. The figures are so similar, yet suitably distinct so that they all have their own personalities.
The final element of foot troops, more peltasts, this time of the Spartan variety. Although they do look quite Spartan, they could easily be mercenaries for any Greek army really. I think they'll fit well with the previous peltast elements too.
Apparently when I took these I forgot to turn on the macro setting... So, they're a bit blurry, even at this small size. Still, it shows the detail and colours quite nicely. Thessalian light horse are quite nice.
More Thessalian light cavalry, and again the macro either wasn't on or consistently failed terribly. Still, you can see how the blue and red really make this element pop.
A more detailed picture of the light horse from Thessaly. I'm pretty sure these guys are naked under those cloaks! Over all, I'm quite happy with them.
The Spartan cavalry ready to take to the field. I like the braids on these figs, very nicely executed sculpts. Like Romans though, they are pretty monochrome.
The three elements of Greek cavalry are ready for the field! For DBA armies, I try to angle the riders for both the Cv and LH elements; gives them the more dynamic and skirmishy-type style that should be associated with Cv and LH elements; let the Kn elements charge straight down, but not the Cv and LH! The only caveat is to make sure that all of the horses in the entire army angle the same direction, otherwise it's trouble!
The first batch of Peltasts for the Greeks. In total I need four elements/units, but I only had three units worth so that's all I painted so far. This marks the first time I've used green in this army! I read somewhere that peltasts started out as simply skirmishers, then they got longer spears.
I chose mostly geometric shield designs for the peltasts to set them apart from the hoplites that typically dominate the Greek armies. Although, some hoplite-esque designs snuck in there!
Over all, I really like the idea of peltasts. Apparently the hoplites had a difficult time dealing with them.
The three peltast elements/units so far all together and ready to take on the spearline of hoplites!
Roosters and giant eye-balls! I like the rooster shield a lot, and the Spartan Lambda worked out well also. So many hoplites...
When I did my Aitolians I avoided the geometric and curvy shield designs simply to avoid re-doing the designs I'd done on Viking era stuff. But now I see that it adds a lot of flavour. The Blue swirl shield is one of my best swirl-style shields so far. I'm happy with this unit.
I mixed up the armoured and unarmoured hoplites here a bit to add flavour. Also had some fun with the one Persian shield design :) I wonder if anyone will even notice?
I was dreading painting these guys, but then they turned out to be a lot of fun! The shields are just great to paint, since they are so large! I'm happy with these bright figs. Notice the Theban club in there, since the plan for this element is to use it in any Greek army!
I always wanted to paint the three-leg shield design, and I'm happy with it. The blue face turned out all right, and the owl works too. Also the Spartan lambda is in there because this element might be used in an early Spartan army.
Another fun array of shields. Xyston figures are quite nice to paint.
Yet another set of psiloi... That makes a total of eight Greek psiloi I've painted, and is the most that any Greek army can field in DBA.
The first set of Greeks all mustered together. After two years since I've painted 15mm Greeks, I think they turned out pretty well!
This is not how I typically paint shields; I assemble everything first! But this was one other rare commission that I took that had me painting only shields. I packed each shield up in separate little bubble packs when I shipped these!
The complete 15mm Greek Aitolian Hoplite army. This army was great really, as it gave me the opportunity to paint some hoplites, but didn't force me to paint too many :) Composition wise it is good for me... However I was a little disappointed in the figure make up. It seems like Xyston took the time to make sure that all of the hoplites were the unarmoured type, but didn't bother to make sure all the psiloi were the classic Aitolian shepherd types. Oh well, it is still pretty cool! Ancient Greece, here I come!
For the 15mm greek hoplites I really wanted to create something cool! I tried to out do make these the best shields that I've done, and I think that I succeeded. Those shields are tiny, but just as much effort as a large shield I find, and so add a lot of time to the painting of the figs... Among these shields, I have no favourites as I am equally happy with all of them!
More greek hoplite spearmen. Again, I went all out with the shields. These shields are the more classic symbols. The pegassus, the lion head, the flying boar (I had to do a flying pig!), and the scorpion. Aside from the shields, I like the character of these figs. I imagine them as mercenaries just starting out... They killed a few Athenians and took their shields and some helmets... And once they oust the Athenians from Aitolia, they are off to offer their services to the mighty Persian empire!!
This elements of greek holite spearmen is a bit more well off than the others, all having helmets.. but still no armour though. The shields are the cream of the crop as well. For the spearmen, I wanted to do all the iconic shield designs, and so I had to do the famous monster face shield. Turned out extremely well! The ship was another image I wanted to do (and it continues the ship theme that I started with my vikings, although it out does them I think... compare here). When I originally did the research on imagery of ships in ancient Greece, I noted they were often depicted beside dolphins, and so I painted a little dolphin on their as well. I am happy with that sheild. The eye was another common theme, apparently the idea came from Thrace, but I imagined that it was taken from the Egyptian eye, and so painted it more in that style. Finally, the bull, which is my least favourite sheild of the bunch!
This is the General element, supposedly a spear element. I put some extra time into snazzy outfits for these guys. I imagine they would have shown off their gear. The shields are also pretty snazzy, as I put some extra time into them. Some of the best 15mm shield designs I've done to date! They were fun to do!
These are some of the very first naked figs I have ever painted! Not a breast, vagina or penis graced my collection before these guys! In the end, it wasn't as good as I had anticipated ;) These are your typical naked Greek ancient Javelinmen. They would be pretty common in most Greek armies of the period, although maybe not Aitolia, they still fit with their bright colours.
Another few Javelinmen. That one naked guy on the right there I had the fortune of painting three times for this army!
Here we have yet more Thessalian Javelin throwing types. Again, this was one of my first penises! Some nice figs, even if they don't make too much sense in Aitolia. Still, I'm not unhappy!
These Aitolian psiloi are based specifically on a battle between Aitolia and Athens, when the latter invaded the Aitolian mountains. Basically, the Aitolian Psiloi (pictured above), chased the rank and file Athenians into a forest. When the Athenians refused to come out, the Aitolians burnt the forest and destroyed the choking and routing Athenians. Thus, for this stand, there is a burnt tree and the foliage is a little burnt as well. The psiloi on the stand are the classic Greek Psiloi with their animal pelt as a shield and their undyed wool tunics and hats. Long live Aitolia!
More classic Greek Psiloi, wearing the animal skins and undyed cotton tunics of your average Greek shepherd. I decided that one of the animal skins would be based on the young deer look, with the spotted fur. I'm not sure how accurate that is, but on some of the Greek pottery of the period spots were depicted on these fur cloaks.
More of the classic Greek psiloi, more or less. The fig on the right there is a more generic javelin type, but it works with the right colour scheme! Again with the burnt tree.
Some more Greek Psiloi, but these are the Thessalian Javelin variety. Perhaps they are good fits to the Greek Psiloi, but for an Aitolian army? Not so much. Still, they're fun to paint, so I won't complain too much!
These were pretty fun to do and fast to finish. Not sure if the skin tone is a little too dark or not... I figure they Greeks would have been outside a lot more back then. These Xyston figs are nicely done, but what I can't figure is why a Athenian and Lakedaimonian rider would work together fighting for the Aitolians :) Okay, okay, I know the greeks from the period all dressed pretty similarly, but still!
Here is a collection of the 15mm Greek Hoplite Aitolian shields that I did for the army. These are my best 15mm shields to date, hands down.