Friday, December 18, 2009

1st Corps Oxybeles and Crew

Finally finished this set. The Oxybeles, a type of catapult, was used from around the early-4th century BC onwards - with some modifications and improvements. This one should fit the bill for anything in the Hellenistic era. The guy aiming the weapon has a nicely-sculpted Corinthian helmet, pushed back in the classical way.

The weapon is a bit lighter-colored than in the photo taken with artificial lighting.

Together with the two phalanx units and Thracian peltasts, the foundation for a Greek army has been laid. I'm sure I'll add another phalanx (or two) later, but I'm not in any rush right now. In fact, the initial plan for the Greek hoplites was for them to be mercenaries for a Macedonian or Successor army.
As far as other projects, I ended up trading the Great War Miniatures Jager to a fellow TMP member for an OG Hussite War Wagon and some flail men. Although the GWM Jager were nice looking, they were too big to go along with the OG figures I already have. What I would like to use for Jager are Foundry figures from their Franco-Prussian War range. Their main difference, as far as I can tell, is the shako is uncovered, but I can live with that. The War Wagon will be converted to a Battle Standard Wagon for a Feudal German army. I also primed the OG Russo-Japanese War Japanese infantry and Perry French Heavy Cavalry. Tomorrow, I'm heading out to the Edgewood Bunker to try out the Crusader rules for a HYW game. 


  1. Dean, your figures are too beautiful. I'll never be able to stay up. I love your blog.

  2. David:

    Thank you very much. I'm glad to hear you like the blog too. Regards, Dean

  3. Excellent painting job on the figures. I'm painting a Greek hoplite "army" as we speak (mostly Foundry with a mix of Immortal, Gorgon, & First Corps for "variety"). Just wondered about your first corps Spartans, have you removed/drilled out the spears that (unfortunately) come moulded with/onto the figures? If so how?
    regards, Ian (Victoria/Australia)

  4. Ian:

    Thanks for the kind words; and yes, I did replace the cast-on spears with brass rods. Here's what I did: First used pair of wire-snipers to remove the spears; then used a pair of toe-nail clippers to remove remnants near the helmet (on one pose - the other pose has the spear away from the helmet); next, I took a strong hobby knife to clean up the area; finally I "carefully" drilled the hands to take the new spears. If you don't rush and are careful, it's not really that hard. Best wishes on your hoplites & you should have little problem removing the spears. Dean