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Spartan Hero
Spartan Hero with spear
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

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Historicus Forma


After the Phalangite, Rest Models released another ancient Greek warrior.
RM-3205F1 Spartan Hero depicts a Greek hoplite in standing pose with his spear.
about the figure

At age twenty, the Spartan citizen began his membership in one of the Syssitia -dining messes or clubs, composed of about fifteen members each, of which every citizen was required to be a member. Here; each group learned how to bond and rely on one another. This was the step for a Spartan teen to be a Hoplite. A hoplite was somewhat comparable to the Medieval knight in that his equipment was expensive, though in the case of the hoplite it did not involve ownership of a war horse. The hoplite, instead, had to own a shield, sword, spear, and armor. Like other Greeks, the Spartans fought in massed ranks or phalanxes that hoped to scatter the enemy by sheer weight of numbers and then slaughter them individually.
The Spartan exercised the full rights and duties of a citizen at the age of thirty. Only native Spartans were considered full citizens and were obliged to undergo the training as prescribed by law, as well as participate in and contribute financially to one of the syssitia.
Spartan men remained in the active reserve until age sixty. Men were encouraged to marry at age twenty but could not live with their families until they left their active military service at age thirty. They called themselves homoioi - equals, pointing to their common lifestyle and the discipline of the phalanx, which demanded that no soldier be superior to his comrades.
When Spartan men went to war, their wives would customarily present them with their shield and say: "With this, or upon this" , meaning that true Spartans could only return to Sparta either victorious (with their shield in hand) or dead (carried upon it). If a Spartan hoplite were to return to Sparta alive and without his shield, it was assumed that he threw his shield at the enemy in an effort to flee; an act punishable by death or banishment. A soldier losing his helmet, breastplate or greaves was not similarly punished, as these items were personal pieces of armour designed to protect one man, whereas the shield not only protected the individual soldier but in the tightly packed Spartan phalanx was also instrumental in protecting the soldier to his left from harm. Thus the shield was symbolic of the individual soldier's subordination to his unit, his integral part in its success, and his solemn responsibility to his comrades in arms — messmates and friends, often close blood relations.

The figure comes in a zip-lock plastic bag stapled inside a carton paper cover. The front side of the cover shows a photo of the painted figure which can serve as a basic painting guide. The back cover shows the figure painted by Sergey Popovichenco from the right side and also 2 photos of the other figure of the series Spartan hero with sword.

The figure is made up of light grey resin and comes in 7 parts. Parts are clean and there will be a small need to clean a few vertical seamlines.The main part is Torso with legs. He only wears a Spartan style bronze Muscle Cuirass made of two pieces of metal armor attached with straps on both sides and knee- length bronze leg guards -Greaves. As in the early periods of Spartan Army, the rest of his body is naked. Bare feet , gluteal and genital area are quite well represented on the figure.

  • Head ; He wears a Corinthian type helmet, the most popular Greek hemlmet made of bronze which in its later styles covered the entire head and neck, with slits for the eyes and mouth and a large curved projection protected the nape of the neck. A centered longitudinal crest decorates the helmet. Facial details inside the helmet, hair , beard and crest are well defined.

  • Right arm ; Posed to hold the spear. The muscular details are well represented.

  • Left arm ; Posed to carry the shield. Armband of the shield is cast on the arm and arm is carved for the good fit . It shows nice muscular details.

  • Sword ; He carries a Xiphos, a double-edged, single-handed sword with a leaf shaped blade, short handguards and a cylindiric short pommel used by the officers - Lochagoi of the Spartan infantry. It was generally hung from a baldric under the left arm.The Xiphos was generally used only when the spear was discarded for close combat. It is carried in its leather or wooden scabbard with some decorations at the end.

  • Shield ; He carries a round, deeply dished bronze shield named Hoplon with a large trim around. Two ends of the armband is cast inside the shield and it makes a good fit to the arm.

  • Spear head is given as a seperate but note that a metal or plastic rod will be needed to make the pole of spear and attach spear head.

    A good posed Spartan figure sculpted and cast in nice details.

    Highly Recommended
    Highs: Nice pose, ease on assembly, nice sculpt and cast.
    Lows: Figure base and a metal rod for spear could be good
    Verdict: useful figure for ancient Greek painters.
    Percentage Rating
      Scale: 54mm
      Mfg. ID: RM-3205F1
      Related Link: Product page
      PUBLISHED: Jun 01, 2010
      NATIONALITY: Greece / Ελλάδα
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.29%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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