Saturday, 30 March 2013

28mm Ancient Athenian Greek Army - The Peloponnesian Wars.

I've spent a couple of weeks painting the remaining  lower class hoplites for my Athenian Army, I usually paint all the details before adding the spears and then launching into the final basing stage. I don't hold back on colours but use a varied colour palate. I tend to paint enmasse after I have painted a few samples to set the benchmark. The trick is not to rush ANY stage. I just plod along listening to the BBC radio iplayer or listen to the free audio book 'The history of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides' at:

All the spears are supaglued on. These figures are manufactured by 'Wargames Foundry', the hoplite spears are from 'Aventine miniatures'. 
Here I've supaglued the figures to plasticard bases, each figure has a 20mm frontage and 20mm depth, the bases are now ready for rendering with polyfilla.
Then I've levelled out the base with 'sand less filler' purchased from B&Q, lightly brushed thinned out PVA and sprinkled with various grades of rock, finally adding sawdust to create texture. This is allowed to dry for 24 hours before the next stage....
The final basing stage is achieved with grass and scrub added.

Medium Amoured hoplites just need their shields.
 Athenian general Perikles and chums; The Athenian command base - finished some time ago, maybe I'll add some long grass. Mostly 'Wargames Foundry' figures except the figure pointing which is from 'Black Tree'.
 Athenian command side view
Athenian command with a runner/messenger leaning on a marble column.

The Initial Idea was to create two factions armies to fight the Peloponnesian War campaign; The Lacedaemonian Alliance and the Athenian Empire, but I'm thinking of expanding the forces to represent other cities in the war, namely Corinth and Thebes, maybe Syracuse etc. Thracian mercenaries and Perdikkas II Macedonian Army I'm painting over these weeks can make an appearance in the campaign.

This project is one of many I have developing at the same time.

Other pictures to follow as units are finished e.g. Spartan hoplites, Athenian Armoured Hoplites, etc...

Greek Peltasts for my Athenians. Scrub and grass to be added later.

Peltasts in the front line

Peltast shields based on designs found on Greek pottery.

Peltasts supported by light cavalry.

Heavy Cavalry forms part of a small Athenian cavalry contingent.
Heavy cavalry ride past heavily armoured hoplites

Light Cavalry forms the remainder of the Athenian Cavalry.


  1. Hey Peter! going through your Popular Posts and...oh.. my eyes.. your painting is totally Awesome! oh my, cannot believe your painting style and work on your miniatures and armies...just "Brilliant!" and no doubt, you are Sir ...A Master Painter full stop! :o) I cannot believe you have only 4 followers to your blog.. well I'm going spread the word about your work and blog.....


    1. Aw shucks Phil, now you just gone and made me get embarrassed :)

      p.s. Keep up the good work on your blog, there are not enough ancients around at the mo.

      All the Best, Peter.


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