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The phalangites are coming

Those who, like me, check linear-a's website regularly will know that the first of their phalangites have finished production and the cover box art has been posted. It won't be long and they will be released, with 033 and 034 to follow soon afterwards. Yippee!

They have added a second page of 'big box' sets too, for all of the sets in their extensive pipeline.

While, 24 is not a particularly 'big box', I'm really keen to get several, since I expect that they will be as good as the masters (which all of their recent figures have been) and hope that they will come as a single moulding (or with excellently formed pikes to add).

Regards, James

Re: The phalangites are coming

James Fisher
Those who, like me, check linear-a's website regularly will know that the first of their phalangites have finished production and the cover box art has been posted. It won't be long and they will be released, with 033 and 034 to follow soon afterwards. Yippee!

They have added a second page of 'big box' sets too, for all of the sets in their extensive pipeline.

While, 24 is not a particularly 'big box', I'm really keen to get several, since I expect that they will be as good as the masters (which all of their recent figures have been) and hope that they will come as a single moulding (or with excellently formed pikes to add).

Regards, James
Absolument, je regarde régulièrement leur site et j'attends avec impatience leurs sortie. La plupart de leurs produits sont en plus très bien gravés. J'aime beaucoup.

Re: The phalangites are coming

D'accord!

Re: The phalangites are coming

Do you know of any news regarding Linears Prussian Landwehr cavalry set James?

Wasn't there something about a Napoleonic surprise set too??

Re: The phalangites are coming

Roger W
Do you know of any news regarding Linears Prussian Landwehr cavalry set James?

Wasn't there something about a Napoleonic surprise set too??
Oui, . . . . . mais plus de nouvelles. Il faut dire qu'ils ont des ensembles sur l'antiquité assez impressionnant. J'attends avec beaucoup de curiosité et d'impatience la boite sur la préhistoire. Néendertal - homosapiens sont à cette echelle et en plastique inédit à ma connaissance.

Re: The phalangites are coming

Moi aussi Msr Zouave. Il y sera peut être aussi les animaux préhistorique. J'éspère il en sera ainsi.
Cordialement, James

Re: The phalangites are coming

Dear Roger,

They are still both listed and are both at the research/review stage (https://www.linear-a.de/new-master-figures-from-linear-a-preview/normal-sets-part-i/). The naming of landwehr cavalry has gone, so perhaps that 'surprise' will be otherwise?

I have corresponded with Andreas quite a bit, chiefly to say how impressed I am with the coming figures. I know from that that they have been quite focussed on the phalangites, so others will move once they have been released.

I am assuming since the Napoleonic surprise sets remained on the 'in production' page as opposed to the 'coming soon' page after that recent addition/change that there is a fair chance we'll see them, or at least considerable progress on them, this year.

The regular updates and date of last update are excellent features of the linear-a site aren't they?

Regards, James

Re: The phalangites are coming

They sure are James. Reminds me of a once great manufacturer who also used to do something similar. Helps when making plans for building armies or dioramas. Also gives a heads up as to whether we need start saving!!!!

Thanks for the update James. Much appreciated.

Stay safe down there in Oz!

Re: The phalangites are coming

This looks like a fine set, James. Linear A are releasing some very interesting sets, and this phalangite set looks to be very useful. I can see myself buying a few boxes.

Understandably, moulding long pikes/sarissae is a tricky business in 1/72 plastic, and it remains to be seen how (relatively) thick these pikes are. If too thick, then I'll have to fall back on the tried and tested plastic broom bristle approach.

I suspect that the intricacies of moulding pikes is one reason for the lower-than-average number of figures in this 'big' box. Redbox did something similar with their Lansknecht/Swiss pikemen...and only gave us 20 figures to a box.

Phalanx/Pike blocks are expensive!

Re: The phalangites are coming

Love the diversity of the poses in each of these sets. While Zvezda's phalangites were versatile and HaT's decent enough for Alexander's battles, I feel like this range will show the true range of phalangite style that were on display after Alexander's conquests down to the fall of Cleopatra's Egypt (if not sooner). The shield positioning for the most part is quite satisfactory and I believe in the all important sarissas which are provided, for now.

My main grip is the box contents. Not only is there 24 of them, which as stated above is typical for this weapon type, the proportions of each rank are significantly off. The typical sarissa phalanx had 18 men per file, of which only roughly about six could have their weapons lowered at any sort of angle. So getting just 6 back rankers for poses that should be providing 66% of an ideal phalanx is annoying and not a huge improvement on the old Zvezda or HaT sets. It is also worth noting that sarissa phalanxes would have all held their weapons vertically except when they were lowered for the stabby combat part, so they are not particularly great for the beginning of a battle either. The poses provided are very nice though, great shield angles. Frankly I would not mind a set or two of JUST these back rank guys, or poses similar to theirs. Given what I see here that could be a future possibility.

So the summary is that while they are great for dioramas and smaller wargaming pieces that only have 4-6 figures, I don't feel it would be economically practical to give the actual feel of the human mass that went into making the typical sarissa phalanx due to having only six guys who are fit for the rear ranks. Certainly useful sets though, I see more positives than negatives here.

phalanx: a wargaming perspective

TheBabylonian109
Love the diversity of the poses in each of these sets. While Zvezda's phalangites were versatile and HaT's decent enough for Alexander's battles, I feel like this range will show the true range of phalangite style that were on display after Alexander's conquests down to the fall of Cleopatra's Egypt (if not sooner). The shield positioning for the most part is quite satisfactory and I believe in the all important sarissas which are provided, for now.

My main grip is the box contents. Not only is there 24 of them, which as stated above is typical for this weapon type, the proportions of each rank are significantly off. The typical sarissa phalanx had 18 men per file, of which only roughly about six could have their weapons lowered at any sort of angle. So getting just 6 back rankers for poses that should be providing 66% of an ideal phalanx is annoying and not a huge improvement on the old Zvezda or HaT sets. It is also worth noting that sarissa phalanxes would have all held their weapons vertically except when they were lowered for the stabby combat part, so they are not particularly great for the beginning of a battle either. The poses provided are very nice though, great shield angles. Frankly I would not mind a set or two of JUST these back rank guys, or poses similar to theirs. Given what I see here that could be a future possibility.

So the summary is that while they are great for dioramas and smaller wargaming pieces that only have 4-6 figures, I don't feel it would be economically practical to give the actual feel of the human mass that went into making the typical sarissa phalanx due to having only six guys who are fit for the rear ranks. Certainly useful sets though, I see more positives than negatives here.
The Babylonian covers the historical aspects behind these sets well and makes several pertinent points about their possible use. I think his points both erudite & useful.

I will give a wargamer's perspective - or, at least, my perspective which of course won't have universal application.

I am building a Pyrrhic army which sadly means the Linear A Seleucid figures have no place. Their Pyrrhic phalangites obviously are relevant. This comes down to armour as the later period has a greater use of it & I'm specifically looking at the unarmoured & lightly armoured Tarantine phalangites trained & used by Pyrrhus.

The poses in the box are of importance. I have a phalanx of Newline figures who represent the Epirote/Macedonian phalangites of Pyrrhus.

They can be seen here:

http://bennosfiguresforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=173&t=24838

You'll notice I have used no figures with horizontal pikes. These are, IMO, a bit of a pain to store or to use in a game as the sarissas stick out to an exceptional degree & stop an enemy from closing. I have one rear rank of vertical pikeman, with two ranks of pikes at decreasing angles. These 36 figures represent a phalanx. Clearly they are not in realistic numbers even though I intend to add another (a fourth) rank of "vertical" pikemen (bringing the total to 48 figures.

As the average unit in the rules I use (Field of Glory) is a two rank unit of 16-24 figures, the phalanx suggests the larger, deeper unit of history, even if it comes no where near the reality. Wargaming is usually, for better or worse, about perceptions.

My Linear A purchases will attempt to approximate a second & similar phalanx but I'm still considering issues to do with poses.

Ultimately, due to the cost & the available poses, I am expecting this to be quite an expensive addition.

donald

Re: phalanx: a wargaming perspective—an alternative one

Speaking for I, me, myself personally, I can't wait to get me hands on them.

Four boxes of each, likely mixed and matched within them and a bit with Zvezda's Macedonians and linear b's Mithridatic heavies with seven (most likely) or perhaps six to a rank and two ranks on a 120 mm x 40 mm base (a left-over from Impetus that I'll use for Lost Battles; and whatever other system I may use).

For Successor stuff I'll limit myself to two bases per unit, I expect, but may go to three if there are only phalangites on one side of 'the argument'. Lost Battles is agnostic to basing, so it's purely about the effect and preference.

I'm also happy to have the shabby, pointy-fighty ones (to expand on your wonderful expression 'Babylonian') as I like the look of them and you get a nice 'push of pike' on the table. With similar poses in my Great Northern War figures I have interlocked them or set them up with pikes above or between other troops for storage.

As with everything, I appreciate that what may suit me may not suit others, but they look like they are gonna be the cat's guts as far as I am concerned.

Regards, James

Re: phalanx: a wargaming perspective

Paintdog
You'll notice I have used no figures with horizontal pikes. These are, IMO, a bit of a pain to store or to use in a game as the sarissas stick out to an exceptional degree & stop an enemy from closing.
In reality though, that was kind of the point of pikes (pun unashamedly intended), they can attack us but we can't reach them. Could a phalanx be just the ancient equivalent of a WWII tank?

I do understand your need for bases to touch for the game mechanism.