Thorakitai shall rule the battlefields of Mare Nostrum!
I wanted to build some more Thorakitai for my Alexander's Successors army for our Mare Nostrum Hail Caesar Campaign. I would have build them from Victrix very nice Carthagenians, but they weren't available in our local games store :-(, hence I bought a package WLG's Caesar's Legions and started kitbashin' them with bits from different hellenistic sets. Read on!
First of course, the unboxing pictures:
WLG's Caesar's Legions is a nice box of, good quality hard plastic troops with a separate sprue for the command figures. I like WLG-sets because the models are NOT made of too many parts (like Wargames Factory figures) but still offer enough variation and opportunities for conversions and kitbashing.
So, I would need new heads, spears / javelins and different shields to convert these Romans into Hellenistic Thorakitai, so into my Macedonian, Hoplite and Greek Skirmisher sources I digged in...
Macedonians donated Successor style heads and hoplites their spears (all from WLG).
Also shields should be slightly smaller and not so curves as the Roman scutums. Luckily I had metal shields that suited the job:
First miniature came out nice and encouraged me to proceed.
And in no time 4 warriors were taking their fighting stances
And then the whole unit:
Here's a picture of Thureaporoi (no chain mail) I built maybe a year a go using hoplite bodies and Successor heads. Soon (?) I'll be able to field 4 units of Thorakitai / Thureaporoi.