Part of one of those little bundles of joy the ‘Provost Marshal’ happily deposits on his visits to ‘Awdry Towers’, these Spartan Hoplites from ‘Wargames Foundry’ proved an interesting distraction from the norm. They were originally destined to be part of my entry to the ‘Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge’, but as the deadline elapsed there they stood just on the periphery of the painting table, with only the shroud of black primer as evidence of any industry on my behalf. Rather than banish them to the ‘Dark Side’ of the lead pile, I’ve decided to get them painted up as a test miniatures for a little vignette I hope to have completed shortly.
They were actually relatively simple to do, being all bronze and white leather, but my confidence was dented when it came to the iconic lambda, emblazoned on the shield. I had previously spied some rather splendid examples of adhesive decals from ‘Little Big Men Studios’ complete with battle damage no less!
Once safely arrived at the homestead, I noticed that they were designed to fit a shield a tad larger than the one with which my fellows were equipped and I had to resort to trimming the edges a little; not a problem per se, but as a result they didn’t lie as well as I had hoped – I should stress that this is down to my ham-fistedness as opposed to any design flaw with the decal!
Still on the whole a pleasing result and they have certainly given me the confidence to finish of the others lying around despondently.