I’ve been rather hard at work with my 6mm Greeks project lately, since I’m eager to get these little guys on the table and play a game. What I really wanted to do was take a break from hoplites (and hoplite shields!) and concentrate on cavalry units, casualties and war machines, but since my latest Baccus order hasn’t arrived yet I went ahead and finished up some more infantry stuff in the meantime – it needed to be done anyhow, since there’s no getting around the fact that any Greek army needs massive amounts of hoplites.
So I ended up painting two units of generic hoplites, who will mainly represent Athenians fighting the Spartans in the Peloponnesian War. I had considered going for transfers when it came to the shields, but realized that I have painted so many 6mm hoplite shields by now that the process really isn’t that painful anymore. This time around it was actually quite fun.
I also did two units of Auxilia. These will be used as lesser-quality troops on both sides in the conflict – Spartans and Athenians alike made heavy use of allied soldiers and hastily drafted troops who generally had poorer training and discipline compared to the regular hoplites (not to mention the Spartan ones).
I actually managed to paint some Hippeis this time, too. And no, I’m not talking about pot-smoking pacifists, but Greek Cavalry. Breeding and keeping horses for war was actually not that common in Greece during this period – since only the very rich could afford it, and since both Attica and the Peloponnese were mountainous regions unsuited for horses, cavalry mainly assumed a ceremonial function in both Athens and Sparta.
When cavalry did make an appearance on the battlefield it was often in the form of allied troops, especially from of Athen’s ally Thessaly (a plains region, famous for its horsemanship). So naturally I started my Greek Cavalry exploits with a unit of Thessalian Horsemen. They are very light cavalry units, basically skirmishers.
But I wanted another horse unit just for looks, so I threw in some citizen cavalry. The poses they’re sculpted in give them away I think; they probably prefer watching from a distance, maintaining neat and ordered lines and leaving the dirty work for the peasants.
And here the whole new batch is marching off to join their buddies. I now have enough 6mm models to actually fight a decent Peloponnesian War battle, so keep an eye out for AARs in the near future!
Meanwhile, the guys are relaxing, neatly stored in a chocolate box. One great thing about 6mm is that storage really isn’t a problem!