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    Fighting in the Shade - a Spartan Army for WAB

    In my quest to assemble a decent army for each game system worth playing, Iíve started another Plog(!) This time for a 2000 point army to field in Warhammer Ancient Battles. For those who donít know, WAB is basically 5th ed WFB without magic and additional rules for light infantry and weapons. Iíve heard good things about it for a long time and have finally taken the plunge and decided to begin working on an army to use with it. It should be mentioned here that I know next to nothing about military history and have accumulated as much knowledge as I could from Wikipedia. With that in mind I will be aiming for a striking tabletop force which is as historically accurate as I can make it, whilst still looking like a cohesive whole, full of dynamic and interesting models.

    I can remember with shocking clarity the moment at which my love affair with the Ancient Greek World began:

    I was 9 years old and sat in Primary School. Our Teacher (Mrs Kane Ė see, shocking clarity ) put in a cassette tape of Tony Robinsonís excellent book (which I still own) Odysseus, Journey Through Hell. (A humorous retelling of the Odyssey) Which was the sequel to Odysseus: The Greatest Hero of them All (the story of the Iliad, which bizarrely, Mrs Kane never bothered to read/play to us). I was instantly hooked, both due to Tony Robinsonís excellent sarcastic reading of his own text, and because here was a book which allowed me to legitimately say ĎHellí in school (which was pretty damn exciting to 9 year old Corai). Since then I have increasingly grown to love the aesthetic of Ancient Greece.

    I take the time to explain this to you so that when I say the army Iíll be collecting for WAB is Spartan Heavy Ancient Greek, you know this is a long standing fascination, not something spurred on by last summerís film full of baby oiled blokes trying to make chin beards cool

    With that in mind, this is the list I'm aiming to build towards (still very subject to change)

    _General
    __Heavy Armour
    __Thrusting Spear and Large Shield
    __Spartan________________________185

    _20 Hoplites
    __Spartan
    __Heavy Armour
    __Musician
    __Leader_________510

    _18 Hoplites
    __Spartan
    __HeavyArmour
    __Musician________455

    _18 Hoplites
    __Spartan
    __HeavyArmour
    __Musician________455

    _10 Skirmishers
    __Javelins____________40

    _10 Skirmishers
    __Slings_____________40

    _12 Peltasts
    __Thracian
    __Musician____________113

    _12 Peltasts
    __Thracian
    __Musician____________113

    _12 Peltasts
    __Musician____________89

    Any thoughts/criticisms?

    For the models themselves, I've opted for the Wargods of Olympus Spartan models to use as the hoplites, with characters and unit filler coming from a variety of sources, and Foundry most likely providing the sirmishers and peltasts.

    I've not got too much modelling done on the army as yet as I've been finishing off a steam punk chaos army for the WFB Yorkshire open tournament finals at the end of the month. I have managed to get the first unit of Spartan Hoplites assembled though:





    The two dull looking guys in the centre of te first rank will be replaced with a leader and usician, and the central 2 models from the last 2 ranks will be replaced with a unit filer of the ouagoi rear rank officer up on a bit of rubble/scree looking suitably heroic and commanding. These will have to wait until the models for them arrive though!

    Thanks
    Corai

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