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Heavy Armor Greek Hoplites - Spartans

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The Classical Age of Greek Warfare (5th century BC to about the end of the 4th century BC) saw the rise of city-states such as Athens and Sparta grow into world powers.  By the 5th century BC the state had started taking a role in equipping those who would defend it and troops became more uniformly equipped.  During this time hoplite warfare dominated the battlefields of Greece.  The hoplite was a fully armored spearman who relied mainly on his round bronze shield for defense.

The hoplites kit consisted of a cuirass of either bronze or linen (reinforced with leather or metal), greaves, a helmet, shield, an eight-foot thrusting spear and a sword as a secondary weapon in case of a broken spear or if the fighting got too close to wield the spear effectively.  Hoplites put their gear to deadly use when packed tightly into a formation known as a phalanx.  About eight lines of men formed each phalanx (often eight men wide and as many deep).  Men in the first few rows held their spears horizontally while the rows in back had their spears protruding through the gaps of the men in front: the back ranks pushed forward forcing those in front onward.  The large bronze shields covered the hoplites body from neck to thigh as well as help protect the right side of the man to the hoplites immediate left.  Lightly equipped Persian armies fell to smaller, more heavily equipped Greek armies on more than one occasion.

This kit contains 30-Heavily Armored Greek Warriors from the classical era. Suitable for use as any Greek city-state army including Athens and Sparta. They are either armored in bronze or linen cuirasses, have helmets, shields, spears and can be given swords.  All models are supplied unpainted and require assembly.  Shield decoration is not provided.

This set includes 30 20mm x 20mm square plastic bases (2mm thick).

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Jack commented on 07-Sep-2011 12:37 AM5 out of 5 stars
I think these look great. And we can all thank Grecian political history for making gaming in this time so simple. I.E., they spent so much time fighting amongst themselves, this "One" set and you've got the "Good guys, the Bad guys and their allies",
if any, just in getting this set. Now, I have to say, Im sure like others, I'd love to see the sprue shots. Again.. Good Job.
Honza commented on 07-Sep-2011 07:47 AM3 out of 5 stars
Hello, they look pretty good, just wondering about the mix and match with other manufactures (Immortal miniatures). Anyway, again good job done. P.S. But the eyes - oh my god, they must have eaten some strange mushrooms.. :-)
Mike commented on 07-Sep-2011 08:07 AM4 out of 5 stars
These look really interesting figures, any chance of a sprue(s) shot though? The minis look very good, possibly your best yet, but I'm not keen on the style of the the painting on the samples, so would be great to see the unpainted product.
Anonymous commented on 07-Sep-2011 09:28 AM5 out of 5 stars
Awesome finally!
Edward commented on 07-Sep-2011 12:50 PM3 out of 5 stars
I agree, it would be nice to see a picture of the unpainted, unassembled sprues.
Percy Barbarossa commented on 12-Sep-2011 05:23 PM5 out of 5 stars
Once again another fantastic product from WF !!! even sweeter that you get 30 minis in this set, guess I'm headed to the local hobby shop to get some of these, Once again thanks for the great products !!!!
Sean Fox commented on 14-Sep-2011 10:53 AM5 out of 5 stars
Very Nice !! Just checked with my local miniatures store, they can't get them yet. When are they going out to distributors? Also, would you please consider making transfers for your variuos genre's shields ?
Wargames Factory commented on 19-Sep-2011 11:34 AM5 out of 5 stars
Hi, Sean, the Hoplites shipped at the beginning of September so any store in the States that wants them can get them from their distributor or directly from us. European distributors should either be receiving theirs or already have theirs to ship. As
for transfers, we're looking into low-cost but high quality options. The ones that appear on the models in the pictures add about $0.33 to the cost of each model; we'd like to get that down to less than $0.05/model.
Jack commented on 20-Sep-2011 02:15 AM4 out of 5 stars
Yea, again, Great Mini's. But in line with what Sean brought up, you make some great stuff, specifically the Romans and now Greeks. However, the "right" shield transfer can make ALL the difference to the final look.
captain birdbum commented on 22-Sep-2011 05:12 PM4 out of 5 stars
please please please can we have sprue pics. will influence whether i buy or not. cheers.
Cymro commented on 24-Sep-2011 01:35 PM5 out of 5 stars
Great, I hope we can get them in Blighty!
Bret commented on 01-Oct-2011 03:53 AM3 out of 5 stars
wish ALL products had assymbaly instructions with them. too many pieces could be misfit
Anonymous commented on 11-Oct-2011 01:16 PM5 out of 5 stars
My persians are quaking in their over-nice boots!
EdXCal commented on 17-Nov-2011 12:32 PM5 out of 5 stars
The soon to be wife and I are planning on getting these, the Amazons and the Skeletons to use on our wedding cake! I'm huge into Greek history and were both Zombie fans, so we wanted to go with a Zombie feel, we figured the Skeletons would look better
then the Zombies. Thanks for the great models to use for our wedding topper and decoration! :D
Invictus commented on 02-Dec-2011 06:32 AM4 out of 5 stars
I agree with the previous comment, I'd like to see assembly guides. I've had some trouble working out a few of your minis (Persians, Greatcoat Troopers). Still an awesome range -- I'm buying the lot!
alexander commented on 11-Dec-2011 06:49 AM5 out of 5 stars
really nice but are they already available in belgium or europe yet?
WIDOWSON commented on 16-Dec-2011 01:44 PM5 out of 5 stars
Jack commented on 29-Jan-2012 01:35 PM4 out of 5 stars
EdXCal I hope you find this. I was just re-reading the comments and found yours. Now I "have to know"; DID you and "the soon to be wife" actually use the mini's on the wedding cake? That Rocks! You HAVE GOT to post a pic of that on the Forum in he Painted
Models section. p.s. Finding a wife thats into mini's & or gaming, could a man get any luckier?
jaime commented on 02-May-2012 10:14 PM5 out of 5 stars
hi! i just got my first box of hoplites and have to admit that i am very happy with my purchase.i believe the painted images do not do justice. i had bought some hail ceasar greeks and yours are better quality. very happy!
Bryon31 commented on 30-Jul-2012 12:28 PM5 out of 5 stars
Love these guys. Still in awe at the value for money. Thank you Wargames Factory!
Rob commented on 11-Oct-2012 07:12 AM4 out of 5 stars
Got these and some skeletons for a Jason and the Argonauts club game, really like them and would recommend them heartily. Only thing I'd suggest as an improvement would be to maybe box them with some transfers, but that's not really a big thing.
Michael Crump commented on 19-Nov-2013 10:25 AM5 out of 5 stars
Just got some of these myself - they are incredibly nice for the price! Don't let the eyes fool you ;) Amazing value; I'm going to be building some WF only armies!
Micha commented on 20-Feb-2015 03:28 AM4 out of 5 stars
I just bought one, and they look very nice. Although, as mentioned before, I would have really liked it if you included shield transfers.
Pierre Bourne commented on 20-May-2015 12:45 AM5 out of 5 stars
Just received my order, I can say I'm not desappointed! But here is a question: im my box, I see 10 sprues of 5 heads each. (which is already awesome in itself, I'll try on WF Elves bodies J) But all these sprues are identical, containing 3 helmets with the "brush" (sorry, I don't know the technical term) oriented from rear to front and 2 oriented side to side. On the 3 formers, the helmet totally covers the mouth. But if you check picture 4, the 2nd fellow on the left wears a helmet with the brush oriented back to front... and we can see flesh. Also, the plastic from these sprues is lighter than the rest.
Thanks for your answer in advance. For the record, I would have prefered to see the mouth, and why not some helmet above the head, like in some Athena representations.
Matt commented on 08-Aug-2015 04:00 PM5 out of 5 stars
I got these a while back and these hoplites are simply great. Just a suggestion but perhaps you would think of releasing a set of alternate head variants to complement these figures perhaps a set of six to ten heads on a sprue would do nicely. Just a thought for what its worth.

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