Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spartacus Uprising - Linear-B

The one complaint about this set...only one female. Hopefully there will be a couple more in the next set. There´s a bit of Flash and a couple of the bods have some mold lines which need removing but it´s not a lot and easily dealt with.
All 13 poses together..14 bods in total with the double pose.
The pair in the middle is very reminiscent of the pose in the Scottish Army of Wallace set.
The bod on the left is collecting stones for ammo but the bod on the right has done the sensible thing. Why get arm ache throwing hand sized Stones when a pebble will do?
There´s a lot of bods with Gladiator style equipment, just under a third of them have some sort of Gladiator kit. As a rag-tag army,  a lot of them would have whatever weaponary and armour they could lay thier Hands on and Gladiator Equipment would have been pretty uncommon. Still, as far as I´m concerned it´s fine. The shields are a bit "odd" Why the square one? Did Gladiators at the time have square ones (73 B.C) or did they have them later on to reflect the roman Equipment of the time?
One thing not Mentioned on PSR, the bod in the middle, Spartacus himself ? As far as the pose and clobber goes,  he looks very similar to the Kirk Douglas Version.
And of course, the inevitable end of the Spartacus revolt.
There´s a couple of small Problems with the crucified bod.

1. The pegs to hold him on are way to big for the holes so it´s best to cut them off and glue him.

2. The ropes which would have been used to  hold him up are missing. Imagine what would happen if a Person was nailed up like that. The weight of his unsupported body  would simply rip the nails out of his Hands. Also..did they actually put the nails through the Hands? Apparently not, it was through the wrists. The nails were inserted just above the wrist, between the two bones of the forearm or driven through the wrist, in a space between four carpal bones. Apparently there have been experiments done (who did this or took part I can´t imagine) to prove that nailing through the Palms was possible but they were supported by ropes as well.

 I don't visit or comment on your blogs half as much as I should like; and I visit less than half of  your blogs half as much as you deserve.
The reason..that 4 letter word, WORK. At the moment a lot of hours (averaging 60 a week) and a lot of travel to and from work (400 miles plus a week) Better than no work..the real world needs paying for and something has to give..and at the moment it´s the Hobby. Hopefully I´ll get a Routine set up and keep going but at the present time, and the work load looks to increase drastically, my productivity in the Hobby world is reduced to a slow burn :-(
Why don´t the maths ever add up?
No work..loads of time for Money to buy bods etc time for Painting but money to buy bods!


  1. Excellent review and painting of this set Paul! Good analyse of the crucified bod!
    Told you to take a travel painting box with you! ;-)


  2. Another good BOD set of work. Keep up the excellent work.

  3. Nice figures! Oh and I completely can't have enough female gladiators! ;-)

  4. Hello
    In life there are a lot of disadvantages.
    It is better to be a job, food, shelter, and a "normal life".
    After all these first, then only models.

  5. Great work and beauftiful subject Paul...and very nice reference in bold too!

  6. Nice set with a historical background. No worries about the blog visits - I'm the same way, but with much less excuse about work. Regards, Dean

  7. Nice figures and original scene, Paul

  8. Hi Paul I really like seeing your displays of your varying sets painted figures, I also collect the same scale of 172 figures. I have bewn collecting for serereal yeas.

    You have helped me recently with a small decision that I was trying to make, I had bought three sets of the Mars Algerian Pirates figure Set. I was intrigued as to why they had included a female figure in Elizabethan costume with this set. I was trying to decide what colours to paint the figures when I saw your display of your painted figures and used this as inspection for my painting.

    thanks for your ideas. Neil

    1. Thanks Niel :-)
      Despite how PSR rates them, The Algerian pirates isn´t a bad set, usefull for a range of other subjects besides the one intended and I can see a lot of potential for conversions. Why the female in elizabethan clothing is included I´m not 100% sure but the rest are ok. I´ve had my eye on them for a while now so I might get a set at some Point.