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New Playset Range: Battle of Thermopylae with painted plastic figures

Here’s a new range of painted playsets recreating the Battle of Thermopylae, using highly-detailed painted plastic figures – some of our best figures! Check out the detail shots to see these beautiful paint jobs, created by our in-house painter.
 
Painted Thermopylae Playset

Painted Thermopylae Playset TSCPCS03-001ee view on our website

 

Deluxe Painted Thermopylae Playset

Deluxe Painted Thermopylae Playset TSCPCS03-001ff view on our website

 

Super-Deluxe Painted Thermopylae Playset

Super-Deluxe Painted Thermopylae Playset TSCPCS03-001gg view on our website

View all of our playsets by visiting the Playset section of our website

Greek and Trojan Chariot – New 54mm Plastic from LOD Enterprises

LOD entered the toy soldier market last year with a first rate set
of Trojan War-era Greek and Trojan infantry. Now they are introducing
a supplementary chariot set which captures the mobile
warfare tactics of age of heroes. The set includes 2 fully assembled chariots, a Greek driver and 2 warriors plus a Trojan driver and 2 warriors. All are armed and armored in era-appropriate weapons and accoutrements.

 

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LDE02 Greek and Trojan Chariot Set – link to view/order

‘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.