Finished up a unit of Spartan (Spartiate? Spartish?) cavalry for the army I'm working on.
|Stuck a general on there too. I find I like extraneous command ;)|
Impetus Unit Type: CM
Base Size: 8cm x 6cm
Manufacturer: 15mm Xyston
Upon reflection, I've realized I goofed a little with this lot. As with the other units, I'm building for Impetus (but with an eye to using the army for other rules as well), I based these guys with a number of figures equal to their VBU (i.e., combat value). Cavalry, in the Spartan Impetus list, have two options - VBU 4 with Impetus 1, or VBU 5 with Impetus 2, i.e., I based these guys as the VBU 5 option.
|This has been an interesting project for me, because of the limited palette.|
The thing is, however, that unlike their infantry, Spartan cavalry were, evidently, notoriously bad. This suggests that Spartan (Spartiate? Spartish?) cavalry should be the 4/1 option. Some digging around (notably in the new and improved DBA 3.0 book, now with added army notes) suggested that the 5/2 option would likely be for Thessalian cavalry, which the Spartans took with them on some overseas adventures. So, oops?
|I also kind of like how the basing is evolving across my ancients.|
I'm not particularly broken hearted about it, or anything. Part of doing an army for me is learning about the period. In this case, I just learned about it after the fact ;) Given that even at max size, Spartans can't take more than 2 units of cavalry, painting up an extra figure is not the end of the world.
Another feature of this was that I painted and added Hammipoi, who were evidently skirmishers who used to run along beside the cavalry. Either those Spartan cavalry were REALLY bad riders, or those guys must have been awfully nimble. In game, this gives the unit a few extra shooting dice when they charge or are charged (which effectively means a chance to disrupt), which never hurts.