by: Engin Kayral [ ]
Rest Models from Ukraine , having a wide range of 1/48 scale aircrafts and resin figures of different armies from World War II in different scales like 120 mm, 54 mm and 1/35, lately added to its catalogue a few historical figures representing ancient Greek warriors in 54 mm.
RM-3206 Phalangite represents a Greek hoplite in attacking pose with his long spear.
about the figure
Phalangite is the Greek name used for the infantryman Hoplite with a long spear deployed in a Phalanx, which is a massive rectangular or square closed formation. Phalangites used very long spears named Sarissa which would have reached a length of 18 feet - 5.5 m during period of Alexander the Great. They had an advantage over other spearmen of ancient times due most notably to their massive sarissas. They used a shield around 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter, and wore a breastplate and a helmet for armor. They also carried a dagger like short sword as a secondary weapon, but due to its length of around 10 inches (25 cm), it was rarely used in combat. Phalangites were nearly impregnable from the front because of the massive length of their spears, but they were tactically cumbersome and were vulnerable from the sides because a phalangite cannot turn fast with the giant sarissa.
The figure comes in a zip-lock plastic bag stapled inside a carton paper cover. The front side of the cover shows a photo of the painted figure which can serve as a basic painting guide. The back cover shows the figure painted by Sergey Popovichenco from the backside and also displays the 3 alternative heads included on the kit. A warning about the modeller needs to use a wire for the long spear is also noted on the back cover.
The main part is Torso with legs. He wears a Spartan style bronze Muscle Cuirass made of two pieces of metal armor shaped in anatomical form to cover the wearers breast and back. The two parts of armor are attached with straps on both sides. Under his cuirass, he wears a short loosy tunic called Chiton and a Greek style armour belt with vertical leather straps. The breast and abdominal muscles on cuirass, folds on chiton, right shoulder-crosswise sword belt and vertical straps are well defined. He has knee-length bronze Greaves, shin guards covering his calves secured with two straps on knee and ankle levels. As the foot gear; he has a different style sandal than the typical Greek sandals with more straps which gives it a look like a knitted rope sandal.
Head ; 3 different heads with helmets are supplied in the kit. Two of the helmets look like different types of Attic style helmet which looks like a Chalcidian helmet with its hemispherical dome, long and wide cheekguards, short neckguard, short visor part in front and a long crest holder on the top but lack of the nasal bar differs it from Chalcidian helmet. One of the helmets shows round decorations on both sides. The third head carries a Phrygian style helmet which is a conical helmet with an apex curved forward looking like a French revolution liberty hat or a smurf hat. The helmet has long cheekguards and a curved neckguard. Facial details and details of the helmets are well defined.
Right arm ; Posed to grab the back part of spear. The muscular details and shoulder part of the chiton are well represented.
Left arm ; Posed to carry the shield and hold the middle part of the spear,it shows nice muscular details. Porpax, centeral metal armband of the shield is sculpted on thearm.
Crest ; a distinctive lenghtwise crest with a long tail made of horse hair decorates the helmet.
Sword ; He carries a Kopis, a single-edged slashing sword in an average length of about 3 feet with a heavy forward-curving blade in its leather or wooden scabbard hanged on the left side as his secondary weapon.
Shield ; He carries a round, deeply dished bronze shield named Hoplon. Two rows of decorations are nicely sculpted on the shield and makes the painting easier. Though the parts to attach the shield strap are defined inside the shield , Antilabe, handgrip cord near the edges usually seen inside the Greek shields are not represented and note that the strap on the cover photo should be scratched by the modeler.
Spear head and Butt-cap of the long spear - Sarissa ; The kit includes a pair for the both parts. Note that a metal or plastic rod will be needed to make the pole of spear and attach spear head and butt-cap.
A nice posed Hoplite figure with a good sculpt and cast in great details. It can be a nice addition to a Battle of Thermopylae vignette.