Help support TMP

"City State Hoplite Examples" Topic

8 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the Fantasy Discussion Message Board

Back to the Not found! Message Board

Back to the Ancients Painting Guides Message Board

Areas of Interest


Featured Hobby News Article

Featured Link

Featured Ruleset

Featured Showcase Article

Cheap Undead Dinos III

The last - the most elusive - set of dino skellies...

Featured Workbench Article

The Alpha 54mm Painting Contest

Five finalists are in the painting rounds of the Alpha 54mm Painting Contest (sponsored by Alpha Miniatures). Who will prove themselves masters of painting 54mm scale Ancients?

Featured Profile Article

Groundcloths & Battlesheets

Wargame groundcloths as seen at Bayou Wars.

Featured Book Review

2,044 hits since 21 Oct 2018
©1994-2023 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2018 12:13 p.m. PST

"A project to bring life to Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate's creations as white metal miniatures suitable for collecting & gaming…."
Main page


Winged Hussar22 Oct 2018 12:14 p.m. PST

I'm in the process of painting up a Macedonian army for LADG in 28MM. Fairly straightforward army that includes a # of Greek hoplite units. Given that I'm leaning towards Philips army I am using the League of Corinth as a guideline for which city-states to include. The members were Corinth, Athens, Delphi, Olympia, and Pydna. Finding examples of 'uniform' is a challenge. Athens isn't that hard, but I'd like to find 2-3 of the others to base my painting on. Anyone have examples? Sites? books?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2018 3:19 p.m. PST

Winged, I think you have that wide range of options which comes from there being so little information. I've heard guesswork, but I don't think you can clearly associate any polis on you list with a particular shield decoration in your period. I'd say that gives you the options of
1. a symbol associated with the polis. (Corinth really ought to be a bunch of grapes, but I could be biased.)
2. the first letter of the polis' name in the Greek alphabet.
3. a medley of individual shield designs, and there all I can say is that they seem to be simpler and more geometrical than they were a generation or two before.

It probably beats being sniped at over what shade of red the Napoleonic facing colors were.

Winged Hussar22 Oct 2018 3:28 p.m. PST

Robert, fully agreed there! Spartans have their read and symbol, easy. Then everyone else went with the red. I've seen Athenian trim on the uniform as a sky blue, which I like, and will use for that unit. Consistency in helm plume isn't much an issue either (6-8 figures per unit in LADG) so matching is okay. Doing one of the others in red works as well, now to track down something that gives me a sense of the color that city-state used. Appreciate your points on the shields and likely to head in that direction.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2018 7:55 p.m. PST

In some cities was it not the custom to use the symbol of their patron deity on their shields?


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2018 2:43 a.m. PST

Greiber, the only ones everyone seems to agree on are a trident of Neptune for Manitea and a club of Hercules for Thebes--which is why I sarcastically suggested a bunch of grapes for Corinth. Every now and then someone mentions an owl for Athens, but no one gives anything I would accept for evidence. I suppose you could use a bow for Delphi, but at that point you've passed "the surviving evidence indicates" and arrived at "I think we can get away with."

LORDGHEE04 Nov 2018 11:52 p.m. PST

this should help


juat type in hoplite shield designs into google image search

williamb09 Nov 2018 5:10 p.m. PST

link site with actual hoplite shield patterns

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.