Friday, May 18, 2012

Thureophoroi, now with more vowels!

Ok, that was a fib but I do like how the word just rolls off of the tongue...Thur-Re-o-Pho-Ronii. I'm pretty sure whenever I speak it out loud, I add, drop or mangle a vowel.  Luckily, I think I've gotten away with it.

Thureophoroi were an all-purpose troop armed with a long thrusting spear, javelins and a sword.  They could form up in loose or close formation and thus, operate in rough terrain.  According to Plutarch, they could fight as skirmishers and then fall back, assume spears and tighten the ranks.

In Impetus, their javelin missile fire is key as is their ability to go into rough terrain.  When pressed, they'll stand and fight in melee as well.  Is there anything these fellows cannot do?





You gotta love the the panache of soldiers who took to the battlefield and fought in capes. Were they the inspiration for a modern Superhero? You be the judge!  


At this point, you're probably asking yourself, when oh when will the Pontic Project end?  Or maybe I'm just projecting.  Well, I've finished the army but I'm taking my sweet time posting the last bits to my blog.  I've got Javelinmen, Roxolani and Xystophoroi queued up and ready to bring it home.  Then it's on to my Gallic army, V 2.0.  

15 comments:

  1. Love the Trumpeter, love the dead roman? (like to see more dead Romans on your bases :o)
    Good color scheme, good painting, great minis, I just love Xyston!....anyway....... well done Sir!

    cheers,

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  2. I painted a ton of theurophoroi for my Successor army but they rarely saw the light of day. Shame, because they are tough units.

    I'm seeing if anyone does them in 6mm for my new DBA armies.

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  3. Regarding the vowels... you would never want to watch the Trukish version of "Wheel of fortune" then... Candidate: "I am buying a Ü"... and the ringing never stops! ;-)

    But the minis really look lovely... some of your best so far! Really like them!

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  4. I like them Monty, they look the business. Have you come across this yet: http://www.ancientbattles.com/thureophoroi/thureophoroi.htm ?

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  5. Great feedback!

    Phil, I'm hooked on Xyston. I could paint Xyston armies for years, I think.

    Phil #2, it is a shame when a project/units never sees the light of day. I haven't used my 28mm gladiators once. Dang it.

    DC: My sister is in Turkey and trying to learn the language. All vowels indeed!

    And thanks fire, that is a great single page resource.

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  6. Really nice, colours of the capes are very striking and the base work excellent as always!

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  7. Very nice looking unit! Your army is really coming along. I just got got back from visiting family in the US.....St. Cloud and my home city Minneapolis....you "betcha" I'm from Minnesota too.:-)

    Christopher

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  8. Thanks guys! The capes were a treat to paint. And Christopher, you're a long way from home! How do you follow the Vikings? Not that there's much to follow these days.

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  9. Not surprisingly I quit following football on a regular basis a number of years ago and so just watch an occasional game if they are on.

    Christopher

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  10. Good call. That frees up more time for painting and gaming!

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  11. Greate looking unit !!! I realy like following the progress of your project !

    Best regards Michael

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  12. Those "Thureophoroi" are really great, love the peinting style...and the bases! And very nice blog too, I'll follow it now!
    Phil.

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