Victrix now produce packs of 28mm hard plastic Persian Archers – in both armoured and unarmoured variants – and we are taking a look at the armoured version here. This box – or rather bag – (and the unarmoured set) contains 30 hard plastic, multi-pose miniatures, consisting of 24 archers and six command.
Each archer frame consists of 4 different poses of body: one kneeling and loosing, one standing and loosing, and two that can be posed as nocking, or preparing to loose. There are eight head options on each sprue and also an optional additional Havelock style neck cloth that neatly covers the head and neckline join.
Four quivers are included, along with a mix of sidearms that can be posed hanging from your archers’ belts. Each frame has four large wicker shields, of the Spara variety, and four small crescent shields. This allows you to field your archers in the main battle line, behind a defensive line of Spara shields, or alternatively with the smaller shields as skirmishers.
The mix of arm options mean you can pose all miniatures as loading, getting ready to loose, or even holding a sidearm and shield should you prefer.
Victrix have also included a lot of nice touches – each sprue includes spare arrows, arrows stuck into the ground ready for use, and hand weapons. These, when combined with the head and shield options, all help to individualise each of your miniatures.
The command stand consists of an officer, a standard-bearer, and trumpeter. Although there is a limited number of ways these miniatures can be assembled, there are enough head options, as well as weapon and side arms, to make each miniature different.
Shield options here are of the round hoplite style aspis, or the crescent shaped wicker shield. Victrix also stock some fantastic looking crescent shaped shield transfers to fit the wicker shields that are provided in these packs – a surefire way to really brighten up any Persian unit.
Victrix continue to produce high quality products at affordable prices. The detail on these miniatures, especially on the armour straps and in the facial expressions, is excellent, and the huge variety of poses, head options, transfers, and optional extras will ensure that even the most obsessive creator of unique models will make their Persian army satisfyingly unique.