The hastati box follows the same format of all the other boxes in their ancient series in that there are four sprues of four different figures.
|The basic four sculpts|
The four figures are shown in the photograph to the left, pretty much as they appear straight from the box, though I may have tweaked their arm positions a little.
I like these figures, they're identically kitted out, their proportions are superb and although the detail on them is minimalist, they'll be very easy to paint up.
I based these up alongside the eight 'Italian Allies' figures on my now standard 40mm x 30mm bases, using superglue to stick the plastic figures to their plastic bases. I've been using old credit cards, phone cards etc. for this even though I only normally get 2usable bases from each. Next step was covering them all in "Poundworldbargainland" ready-mixed filler, 'painting' a layer of pva over the filler and finally sprinkling some sand onto the base for texture.
Once thoroughly dry of course they were undercoated in my usual £1 primer, this time grey rather than my normal matt black for no other reason than I had grey.
After undercoating, I did realise that I hadn't added the sword required by the (now) disarmed spear men.
This was quickly fixed with he aid of some scrap sprue, a file and a scalpel.
|The sword bearing counterparts .|
Over the next week I hope to get one or two pairs of these dozen figures, but that's it for this week.