Sunday, 28 June 2015

PTS 86 + Greeks + Sparta + Crocodile Games

This is Sparta! 
Welcome to Painting Table Saturday edition 86. A speed painting exercise this weekend for my daughter Ella's best friend Lucy, who is building a model of the Trojan Horse from iceblock sticks for a school project. Her mum asked if I had some little men that could go with the display and I immediately grabbed the opportunity to paint some Spartans from the unpainted miniatures box.

These miniatures are from Crocodile Games and the sculpting is somewhat Hollywoodesque. I gathered this small warband from my friend Bobby Grindrod's large collection. Initially I had thought a small group of the spear wielding 300 In ancient Greece Sparta was renowned for it's focus on military training and excellence; Spartan phalanxes were considered among the best on the field of battle.

Despite the quick turnaround, I think they came out great. These really are superb miniatures. I was initially drawn to them because of the movie 300. I'm glad Bobby convinced me to choose a variety instead of the obvious movie-inspired sculpt. The Peltasts (named after their crescent-shaped wicker shield or 'pelte') proved to be an excellent choice. This is one cool unit. Of course, historically they wouldn't have been in the Trojan Horse but I'm sure they will suffice.

"Equo ne credite, Teucri. Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes." 
"Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even bringing gifts."
The Trojan priest Laocoön 
Virgil's Aeneid, Book II (trans. A. S. Kline).

This is the origin of the English proverb, "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts".

Undercoat applied. 

Working out a colour scheme.

Coming together nicely.

Overzealous drilling leaves a whole for repair.

Ribbons sculpted from putty cover some excess glue.

Poor background for a photo on a winter day.

Alas, the blue sky technique fails also.

Looking good!

Some closeups out on the lawn:

Peace be with you. See you next week!


  1. They look fantastic Darcy ! Fantastic paintjob ! I love Spartans , although I do not paint them.
    You can't do everything , I have too much already ...

    1. Thank you Mario. I like to paint all manner of miniatures. Variety is the spice of life. It is difficult not to collect more though, especially when I have so many yet unpainted.

  2. Excellent painting! And cool minis too. I'd love to see a whole phalanx of these guys all lined up and ready for action. (Lucy's classmates will be amazed to learn that Trojan Horse has nothing to do with computers!)

    1. I doubt Lucy knows that much about computers yet but she is delighted with the miniatures. She told her mum, "They're real Greeks!"

  3. Amazing that you could make them look so good and so quickly too. I wish I could pick up the art of speed painting, but I am a slow coach. (Three minis in a week is the fastest I can ever do).
    And thanks for the Virgil!