Review of Victrix Greek Peltasts, Javelin Men and Slingers
A big difference for this box is that there are som pictures on the Victrix homepage so that it's possible to get some inspiration on how to build them and then you could also pick up some of the excellent shield transfers that they have as well.
The box itself contains 56 miniatures, where 48 is for Peltasts/Javelin men and 8 slingers so for my purpose it's going to be more than what I need for this. The miniatures are spread out over 10 sprues, 6 of javelin men and 4 with slingers.
When you open the box you are met with a well filled box, lots of sprues, but no building instructions or other information other than what can be found on the box itself. There is not much need for it, and I prefer a lower price point to some leaflet, but I guess it could pose a problem for anyone that's all new to this miniature thing or the period as how to use them.
The sprue is more or less the same as the Unarmoured Hoplites, the thing they have done is replace about half the sprue where the hoplite shields, spears and heads is and changed the shields, replaced the spears with javelins and some heads with no helmets.
This then leds to the same problem I had with the hoplites, the connection that the hands has with the arms. The plastic is the same as before, and I had the same problem getting the hands to stick. But the problem was not quite as large here as the javelins are much shorter and not as prone to get stuck in every thing.
As much of the miniatures are the same, the statements I did about the hoplites still stand, the bodies are good, the clothing a bit odd in a some cases, and it's a nice assortment of parts that you get on each sprue. The unarmoured heads are nice though, there are som good variation here, and you get 9 heads a sprue, giving you some spare and there is nothing stopping you from using some of the helmeted heads. The new javelins are ok, they are on the thicker side of things, so they should hold up to gaming, but if you want more realistic sizes to things you should think of something to replace them.
One thing to note when you put these together, and that is the shields, they are supposed to have the flat side out, not the one with a rim, that's the inside. I knew of this and still got one of eight wrong, so keep this in mind. Especially if you get the Little Big Men transfers, I've heard that they will not fit at all if you do it the wrong way around.
The slingers comes 2 on each sprue with a choice of a few heads and sling arms. They are nice and looks good, and the left over heads could provide with a few more choices on the rest of the miniatures.
The kit then is good for what it is, a lot of miniatures for a cheep price, I give this set a 3 out of 5 javelins. You get what you need, and you get quite a lot of variety in poses and looks. But it's not the greatest thing you have ever handled.