Before we talk Miniart Hoplite warrior, let’s do some history: Hoplites were citizen-soldiers of Ancient Greece who were primarily armed with spears and shields. Their were famous with their main tactic: the phalanx formation. The hoplites were primarily free citizens: a great deal back then – propertied farmers and artisans. They were able to afford the bronze armor suit and weapons /estimated at a third to a half of its able-bodied adult male population/. Hoplites generally received basic military training. Or, at least this is what history tells us. There is some controversial info about them but in general information is pretty much similar:
In the 8th century BC Greek armies adopted a military innovation known as the phalanx formation. As we all know, people in that region were military innovators. This tactic proved successful in defeating the Persians when employed by the Athenians at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC during the First Greco-Persian War. The Persian archers and soldiers who fought in the Battle of Marathon were defeated, because their bows were too weak and their arrows could not penetrate Greek shields and armor, and their own armor and shields could not hold up to the longer spears and swords of the Greeks. That is a great morale changer on the battlefield… The phalanx tactics was also successfully used by the Greeks at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC and at the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC during the Second Greco-Persian War. You all have watched the movie “300” I assume… Those above are of course not confirmed statements, but they are found in a lot of sources and they worth sharing.
The word hoplite derives from hoplon , the type of shield used by the soldiers. There is however considerable debate about this as the shield was more commonly known as an aspis. Also there are debates about the way the helmets were worn, the armour, the sandals and so on. Ancient history was not preserved in written, so this is normal.
For the fans of it, some companies released resin figures and they are very popular, especially among Greek modelers, who are undoubtedly – the best figure modelers in the World. However, Miniart gave us a kit in plastic… It is not a new tooling, and in terms of military modeling, it might be said that it is an ancient history as well. It was released back in 2004. Many things changed since. However, if you are curious and you are figure modeler interested in ancient history…this one is for you: