The kit is based on a dokana, preserved on a Spartan tombstone. I'm looking at my Osprey "The Spartan Army," page 55 and its spot on. What the spider and two snakes mean is beyond me. They do look bad ass, which matches the Spartans well. Painted in red, the enclosure matches the theme color for the Spartan army as well.
I should mention that I used Army Painter brown primer for the whole Spartan army, including the camp. Brown is a great base for all the bronze armor and with a good wash, its a great base for flesh as well.
The cavalry for the Spartan army is not impressive at all. They're average, undrilled and armed only with light spears. These fellows will be of limited use:
1) Put them in a single rank and delay on a wing, or
2) Provide rear support to my hoplites, giving supported units a +1 on morale checks.
Over the weekend, my friend Brandt met me at Fantasy Flight for beers and a game. He ran Late Republican Romans, which are one of the toughest armies in period. The key for the Spartans is to survive the Roman impact phase without dropping morale. Brandt won up and down the line when his legions went in but I diced out of 3 of my 4 morale tests. From there, the game swung my way. I killed 2 of his 3 generals, including Caesar. Brandt claimed it was merely a flesh wound but whatever the truth, his Inspired Commander could inspire no more.
|The Spartans were falling all over themselves in their eagerness to get stuck in.|