I’ve finished basing the hoplites in my recent post, and rebased my existing Foundry “Athenian” hoplites onto larger bases, so that most are now in 8’s. I boosted the total numbers by repainting my old Lunar Blue Dragoons (the minis with the tall crests), and mixing them in; they scrubbed up OK. Economical, neh? Upgraded the tuftage, too, to my 2013 standard. 'Ave a click.
I took the opportunity to very roughly split out the later hoplites with helms with separate cheeek flaps and Pilos, from those with the earlier Corinthian and Chalcidian helmets, and put them on separate bases. The above unit has mostly earlier, and the below mostly later helmets, although purists will quail... Later, I’ll build distinct units with corresponding shield designs, which became simpler and more abstract over time.
In a few weeks I plan to paint up 8 more Spartans. That’ll give me 5 units of 36 hoplites, and two of 24, which will have to do for the time being, because I urgently need to start painting minis with rather longer pointy sticks.