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New from Expeditionary Force: Persian Army Range Expanded

Expeditionary Force has started off the new year with three one-of-a-kind sets for their Persian Army range. These supplementary units expand the Persian host’s defensive capabilities in ways that never been explored in either plastic or metal figures.

EXPPSN09 Ancient Persian Pavisiers and Archers - Sparabara

EXPPSN09 Ancient Persian Pavisiers and Archers – Sparabara

First is their “Sparabara” Unit (EXPPSN09). This set includes an officer, four Persian archers and four infantrymen who hold up huge wicker shields to protect the bowmen from counter-fire. Like many history buffs, I was aware of the Medieval Pavissiers, crossbowmen who sheltered behind large shields in order to afford themselves some protection from counter-fire while they reloaded, but this ancient version of the unit was new to me.  View/purchase set on our website here.

EXPPSN10 Ancient Persian Royal Guards

EXPPSN10 Ancient Persian Royal Guards

Next comes the Persian Royal Guard (EXPPSN10). The Great King’s personal protection set includes 8 spearmen, and a standard bearer who can also be equipped as an officer. This set features separate weapons, and includes “Hoplon” shields, the huge bronze discs originally carried by heavy Greek hoplite infantry. View/purchase set on our website here.

EXPPSN11 Ancient Persian Artillery with Bolt Shooters

EXPPSN11 Ancient Persian Artillery with Bolt Shooters

Finally – and the best one saved for last – is a set of ancient-era torsion-powered light artillery (EXPPSN11). To my knowledge, this is the first set of its kind ever offered in plastic! It includes an officer, four Persian artillerymen and four infantrymen who hold up huge wicker shields to protect the crewmen from counter-fire. The centerpiece of the set is a group of two torsion-powered bolt-throwers, whose missiles could reach out and decimate oncoming enemies at a great distance. A third bolt thrower is included as a spare.  I knew the Romans used this type of weapon to reinforce their defensive lines, but had never heard of such weapons being employed by the Persians. What a great addition to the Expeditionary Force range, which now numbers over 90 sets! View/purchase set on our website here.

All sets are cast in tan-colored plastic and are in perfect scale to Expeditionary Force’s Greeks, as well as Toy Soldiers of San Diego’s and Fencibles’ ancient-era figures. Each set comes with separate interchangeable weapons. All must be assembled, but because they all come with extra parts, the possibilities for customization are enormous.

View the entire range of Expeditionary Force of Singapore on our website here.

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New from Expeditionary Force: Ancient Persian ‘Immortals’ in Robes – first of their Persians with interchangeable weapons

Expeditionary Force of Singapore has released a new set of Ancient Persian Immortals, their first Persians with interchangeable weapons. These figures arrive with weapons cast separately. They can be easily changed between figures, allowing for greater flexibility, and minimizing the bending that can occur when weapons and arms are cast in one piece.  Expeditionary Force has already produced ten Persian sets, including a first version Immortals set. Including color variations, we now have 90 sets of Expeditionary Force listed on our website – an incredible number from this young company.

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Expeditionary Force’s Ancient Persian ‘Immortals’ in Robes – view/order on our website

Expeditionary Force Expands their Zulu War Range – Again

Expeditionary Force of Singapore continues to expand their impressive range of 54mm plastic figures with three new sets for the Zulu War series. There are due in our warehouse any day.

EXPZBR05  Natal-Boer Volunteers – Zulu War British Auxiliaries
These Zulu War allied mounted and dismounted cavalry can serve as
Boers throughout the Anglo-Boer Wars. They wear cartridge bandoliers, and sport “burgher dress” and “big game hunter dress.” They come with a variety of plain and feathered top hats, turned up and flat-brimmed slouch hats. Armed with Martini-Henry rifles and, shotguns. Each set includes 8 figures in 4 poses plus 2 horses, with numerous options for conversion. Assembly required…………………………….$ 38.00   view on our website

expzbr05 Natal-Boer Voluneers Zulu War British Auxilliaries

EXPZBR05 Natal Boer Volunteers Zulu War British Auxilliaries

expzbr05a Natal-Boer Voluneers Zulu War British Auxilliaries

Here’s an alternate view of the components of the Natal-Boer Volunteers set. With the variety of weapons and body parts, there are numerous options for conversions. Assemble using cyanoacrylic glue

EXPZUL03 Frontier Light Horse Zulu War British Auxiliaries
These British Zulu War allied troops include the famed “Natal Native
Horse.” The set is comprised of 2 mounted and 6 foot models divided into 4 components:
(1) Natal Native Horse – missionary-educated mounted locals in western dress, armed with Martini-Henry rifles and with saddle scabbards filled with assegais; (2) African servant in western dress (but barefoot); (3) Natal Native Contingent with cloth caps and rolled blanket; (4) Barely-trained African with only a cloth headband as field mark, but stripped of some tribal trappings. Each set includes 8 figures in 4 poses plus 2 horses, with options for conversion. Assembly required……………..$ 38.00  view on our website

expzul03 Natal Native Contingent Zulu War British Auxilliaries

EXPZUL03 Natal Native Contingent Zulu War British Auxiliaries

EXPZUL04 Zulu Command and Warriors with Rifles – Late 19th Century
3 officers wear tall crane feather caps and cowtail kilts. They can be
assembled as commanders of the rifle contingent, of a war impi in battle dress, or of a regiment in regalia. The 6 rifle-armed warriors wear bandoliers. Each set includes 9 figures in 3 poses with options for conversion.
Assembly required. …………..$ 34.00    view on our website

expzul04 Zulu Command and Warriors with Rifles

EXPZUL04 Zulu Command and Warriors with Rifles

View all of our Expeditionary Force toy soldiers on our website here.

11/13 Update: Expeditionary Force Macedonian series now in stock!

As of November 13, these sets are now in stock!

Alexander the Great is on the Horizon!

Expeditionary Force has just announced its newest sets, which recreate the all-conquering army of Alexander the Great. Six new sets are due this November, each representing a unique unit in the Macedonian war host.

EXP115(above) EXP115 – Cretan Archers – $32.00 per set of 9 figures

The island of Crete was famed in the ancient world for the unchallenged skill of their archers. Armies from Greece and Rome fielded substantial units of these elite mercenary troops. They served in Xenophon’s army during the March of the 10,000 around 400BCE, formed a strong missile arm of the Macedonian host during the reigns of Philip and Alexander, and went on the serve the Romans during the eras of the Republic and Empire. Later, they served the Byzantines until the fall of the city in 1453.

EXP116(above) EXP116 – Macedonian Hypaspists – $32.00 per set of 9 figures

The Macedonian Hypaspist was the equivalent of the heavy Greek Hoplite infantryman. Armed with a hoplon shield, heavy spear (with a sword for backup) a bronze helmet and body armor, these elite troops were tasked with guarding the exposed right flank of a phalanx in battle, and were prominent in siege warfare. They were also used for irregular duties. Composed of the sons of Macedon’s ruling class, they were also tasked with forming Alexander’s personal bodyguard.EXP117(above) EXP117 – Macedonian Phalangites – $32.00 per set of 9 figures

The central infantry component of the Macedonian army was the phalanx. This unit was composed of veteran warriors armed with 16-foot long “Sarissa” pikes, and armored with small shields, bronze helmets and body armor. Created by Philip of Macedon and carried on through the reign of Alexander and the heirs of his empire, these troops are generally considered to be among the greatest military units ever fielded. Trained to a peak of perfection, the phalangites were able to execute complex military maneuvers far beyond the abilities of the armies they faced. Further, they were, for over 150 years (ca 350 BCE-197 BCE) unbeatable in pitched battle. Both Alexander and Phillip used the phalanx to pin an enemy in place, then struck the killing blow with their well-trained cavalry.

EXP118(above) EXP118 – Macedonian Prodromoi – $36.00 per set of 5 mounted figures and 5 horses

The cavalry arm of Macedon’s army under Philip and Alexander was unchallenged in the ancient world. Among the regular forces they fielded were “Prodromoi” lancers, armed with bronze-tipped 14-foot wooden spears, used for shock and responsible for guarding the right flank of the all-important Companion cavalry.

EXP119(above) EXP119 – Macedonian Thessalian Cavalry – $36.00 per set of 5 mounted figures and 5 horses

Considered the finest cavalry in Greece at the time of Philip and Alexander, the Thessalians accompanied Macedonian armies into battle through the first part of the Asian expedition and, later, served the Macedonian throne until its overthrow by Rome. Armed with a variety of weapons, including javelins, the 14-foot xyston lance and a shorter fighting spear, they also carried a sword for close-in fighting.

EXP120(above) EXP120 – Alexander the Great and Companion Cavalry Cavalry – $36.00 per set of 5 mounted figures and 5 horses

Arguably the greatest military genius of all time, Alexander the Great won an unprecedented number of battles across three continents and in just 10 years established the greatest empire the world had ever seen, surpassed only by Rome after hundreds of years of conquests. He was not only a military master who never lost a battle, but he worked to establish trade and bring peace across his vast territories, built 20 cities that carried his name, was declared a god, and fostered education on a wide scale. His battle tactics involved the combined arms of heavy infantry, light missile troops, shock cavalry and the all-important “Companion” cavalry unit which he personally led into combat. The Alexander figure in this set can be used as a regular companion because the manufacturer includes an additional head.

You can view the entire range of Expeditionary Force on our website here.

‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Comes to Life

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They may not be official tie-ins, but the new Greek Hoplites from Expeditionary Force are well positioned for the release of the sequel to the 2007 film, ‘300.’ ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ features a wide array of ancient Greek infantry and cavalry types on the big screen. With Expeditionary Force’s Greeks, you can field an army of light infantry, including slingers, archers and javelin-throwers, as well as heavily-armored hoplites and formidable cavalry troops.

We offer these figures in unpainted form, but also make them available in painted versions of troops from the city states of Athens, Sparta and Thessaly, as well as the islands of Crete, Rhodes and the Balearic Islands plus the wild province of Thrace and detachments of mercenaries and mixed hoplites. Click on any picture to visit the page on our website – or view all the Expeditionary Force figures on our website by clicking here.

EXP109p Athenian Hoplites - fully painted

EXP109p Athenian Hoplites – fully painted

EXP109 Ancient Greek Hoplites

EXP109 Ancient Greek Hoplites

EXP107p Athenian Archers and Slingers - fully painted

EXP107p Athenian Archers and Slingers – fully painted

EXP107 Ancient Greek Psiloi Archers and Slingers

EXP107 Ancient Greek Psiloi Archers and Slingers

EXP108p Ancient Greek Hoplites

EXP108p Ancient Greek Hoplites

EXP108 Ancient Greek Peltasts

EXP108 Ancient Greek Peltasts

EXP112p Athenian Cavalry - fully painted

EXP112p Athenian Cavalry – fully painted

EXP112 Ancient Greek Cavalry Set 2

EXP112 Ancient Greek Cavalry Set 2

Expeditionary Force’s Amazing new 54mm plastic Greeks: Review and Tips for Assembly

Expeditionary Force Hoplites (EXP103)

Expeditionary Force Hoplites (EXP103)

A year ago a new manufacturer, Expeditionary Force of Singapore, entered the 54mm plastic market with a range of American Civil War figures, and announced that their next release would be Ancient Greeks. Since the ancient world is under-represented in 54mm plastic production, this was exciting news. Now Expeditionary Force’s new range of 54mm Greek Hoplites, light troops and cavalry has arrived, and the news is good.

In my opinion, these astonishing models are the most detailed unpainted plastic figures ever encountered, surpassing Conte’s Spartans, Barzso’s British Grenadiers and all other new or vintage plastics. (Feel free to dispute in the comments section following this post!)

Expeditionary Force Hoplite, Conte Spartan, Barzso British Grenadier

Expeditionary Force Hoplite, Conte Spartan, Barzso British Grenadier

I’d say the only figures in this scale which stand up for comparison are the painted models from Forces of Valor’s Historical Legends and Play Along’s Lord of the Rings figures.

Expeditionary Force Hoplite, Forces of Valor Historical Legends Roman, Play Along Lord of the Rings Urukhai and Rohan Soldier

Expeditionary Force Hoplite, Forces of Valor Historical Legends Roman, Play Along Lord of the Rings Urukhai and Rohan Soldier

After assembling the range for the photos shown here and on our website, I’ve put together this post to share my assembly tips. Don’t open these boxes expecting a single-cast figure: each Greek comes unassembled, and includes a selection of pieces which can be snapped together in a variety of pose options. Some of the snap-together joins are not secure, however, so I suggest permanent bonding with glue. The manufacturer recommends using a cyanoacrylic, such as Gorilla Glue. Check the label carefully, as there are several types of Gorilla products.

My suggestion is to use an assembly line method:

  1. Lay out all the parts on a tray in front of you. Choose which elements are to make up each model and set the extra pieces aside.
  2. Prepare the weapons, if they are not straight, swirl them in very hot water – this will help the plastic straighten out.
  3. Begin by gluing all left arms onto shields and set aside to dry (10 minutes is suggested by the manufacturer).
  4. Glue all left arms into left shoulders. If a weapon is to be held by the left hand, you can put it in before gluing. This will be a snug fit and no gluing will be necessary.
  5. Glue all right arms into right shoulders. Follow advice on weaponry. The peltasts, for example, might hold extra spears.
  6. Glue sword scabbards in place. There may be some question of doing this after the left arm with shield goes in, so examine your options before following these directions to the letter. The cape must go on after the scabbard, however.
  7. If the figure has a cape, apply a little glue below the neck of the figure and then slip the cape over the figure’s head so it rests in place, touching the glue. I would not suggest using glue on the head to hold the cape in place.
  8. The head of the figure goes on last. There are several types of heads available. If purchasing multiple sets you may want to trade heads between sets to give a uniform look to specific units. Unlike arms, which are meant for unique body trunk types, all heads go with all figures, so you can switch at will. Heads do not have to be glued in place, as the fit onto the neck is snug. I suggest it only because they will not ever come off, so you won’t lose any when playing.
  9. Assembling horses is very easy. Insert foot plugs into bases. Turn horses upside-down and put a tiny bit of glue into the slot to affix the plugs in place.
  10. I have not glued my mounted figures onto their horses, but this is an easy step if you wish to do it. Put a dab of glue on the rider’s bottom and place on the horse’s back.

The range includes six different sets, each available in red or in linen/cream color. There are two light infantry sets, two heavy infantry sets, and two cavalry sets. You can view the entire Expeditionary Force catalog on our website.

We are including these assembly instructions with each order purchased through our website.