Sunday, 22 June 2014

28mm Ancient Boetian (Theban) Greek Army - The Peloponnesian Wars.

Ancient Boeotian (Theban) Greek Army.

And so onwards with the recruitment for my Peloponnesian Wars campaign. The idea is to fight a number of campaigns based on 'clash of arms' boardgame: The Epic of the Peloponnesian Wars, partly because they have a fantastic map ideal for wargamers, see below and also because it has good game mechanics especially for sieges. To that end I have finished the Spartan and the Athenian contingents which are full armies (see earlier posts), these will be supplemented by smaller contingents e.g. the Boetians, Corinthians, etc.

The Epic of the Peloponnesian Wars map has overlayed hexes each with its own serial number, so no mistakes in jotting down movement orders there then !?!. 
So with that in mind here come the Boetians:
Hoplites wearing Classic helmet styles waiting for their more 'peculiar' Boetian helmeted comrades.

After spending a several days painting 24x upper class heavy hoplites for my Boetian Army, I figured that the classic Boetian helmet wasn't really used for hoplite formations, it seems to be a cavalryman's helmet, also there is no evidence that it was made of bronze either?!?

So ignoring this assumption I have added 6x Boetian style helmets to my hoplite phalanx just in case :)
Boetian style helmets.
Boetians ready for action.
Heavy Cavalry forms part of a small Boetian cavalry contingent.
The Heavy cavalry have a varied mix of helmet styles and clothing. I like the blue Thracian style 'smurf' helmet.

The Grass Tufts are available from me from my eBay listings just search for user id: peterw3169

After studying a lot of greek pottery I realised than tunics cloaks had a lot of zigzag multi-coloured etc. patterns on them.

stored ready for battle
storage box 4 litre box from the 'Really Useful Box Company'
All these Figures are from 'Wargames Foundry'
Hoplite spears from 'Aventine miniatures'

Next on the workbench are the Boetian Light infantry comprising some peltasts, archers and slingers.

Then next are the Corinthian,  Thracian mercenary, Syracusan, Greek mercenary and Thessalanians contigents, then at last The Peloponnesian War can begin :) 

The Argives come in half way through the campaign apparently so I can leave these till last, with the Persians potentially near the end of the war (Tissaphernes and Pharnabazus's armies).

Cheerio for now.


  1. Simply stunning the best I have seen . Very well done you should be very proud of

    1. Cheers Jo and thanks for the encouragement :)

      I do paint a lot for other people and see some awesome projects pass through my hands so I thought I'd try to encourage others to collect historical wargames miniatures, especially the Ancient periods.

      I think partly it's a nostalgia trip for me from when I started painting and wargaming historical minis at school as a kid, but couldn't afford much stuff, so in a way I thought I'd play catch up by writing this blog.

      p.s. I checked out your blog/website pages Cool Stuff you got there....keep the flag flying for the Ancients :)

      All the Best Peter.

  2. I thought I'd try to encourage others . You have really encouraged me and for that I thank you . I posted some hoplites on my blog . I and your stuff is the best I have seen .Thanks for the inspiration.


    1. Hi Joe.
      I checked out your blog Joe, I dig your ancients stuff particularly the hoplites. Great work, keep it up.

      I hand paint all the shield designs, this enables me to think about what I'm painting and do a bit of research going back to the early stuff, such as images on Greek pottery etc. a lot of misconceptions can be bypassed as you re-interpret shield designs and clothing patterns from the original artworks.

      I find the more miniature projects I tackle the more projects I realise I can do. Vignettes are a good way to start a project, commander vignettes, campside vignettes etc. I was looking at 17th century engravings of which any of those colourful daily life themes could be translated into ancient battle vignettes.

      Anyhow, All the Best Peter.


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