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New Set Announcement: Thureophoroi!

New Set Announcement: Thureophoroi!

A new set is coming for our FIRST EMPIRES range: Thureophoroi! But first we need your help. We'd like you to take a look at what we have here so far and make any suggestions. Primarily we believe the thuros (shield) is not the right shape and needs to be more narrow? Let us know your thoughts below!

An incomplete selection of unique parts from the set.


Above are some 3D prints of the test sculpts to give you a better idea of the assembled figures.


To learn more about the famed Thureophoroi have a look at Jeff Jonas' wonderful article on


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Jens - May 1, 2023

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Andreas - May 1, 2023

I am waiting for this set for about two years now and it is really sad that the plans for it seem to have vanished. The prototypes do look great and a plastic box with them would fill a huge gap in ancient wargaming. With two books of SAGA ancients are definitely a lot of wargamers out there that are building hellenistic armies. I really hope to see these minis someday soon.

JEFFREY JONAS - April 24, 2023

Sad that these have been back burnered. But since they have maybe you should just sculpt in the sword strap and then the scabbard can be a separate piece?

Adrian Bryan - January 22, 2023

I think these Thureophoroi figures look spot on I have many books on the Greek wars and the wars of the Successors and you have got these figures pretty spot on. The Shields look the right size and the figure poses look good I hope you get them into production soon as the hobby needs these figures badly :)

Harrison - August 2, 2022

I’m looking forward to these guys so much – just as much (maybe even more in some ways) than the squamata legionaries, Trojan Chariot and the Egyptians.

Robert Huey - January 28, 2022

They look amazing. So glad to see you moving into the ancient world. Add optional javelins behind the shields and some cloaks to the kit and you’re golden!

Don Williams - December 28, 2021

My club wargames with Saga ‘Age of Hannibal’ rules. Thureophoroi are one of the versitile mercenary units that we have been wanting to create, but have been very dissatisfied with the Warlord Games plastic version. I’ve been very impressed with the high quality and durability of WA plastic minis, and this kit looks like it will fit the bill quite nicely.

Suggestion: add a few arms with slings to the sprue to increase versitility — everyone is always need of generic slingers!

SGZ - May 25, 2021

These look great. To me the archetypal ( perhaps stereotypical ) theurophori has a cloak and above ankle lace up boots, flat oblong shield and helmet. Hopefully these will mostly fit that style although a few different options would be nice. Something like 1 figure w sandals, some bare heads… etc.

Irvin Goron - May 24, 2021

Great idea! Fills an obvious gap in current 28mm plastic offerings for this period and as such should prove popular with those building up Successor and later Greek armies. I’d echo the comments on versatility too- could be customised into many ancient troop types with minimal conversion with components from other sets.
From my point of view I’d like to see long spear right arm options and cloaks for all figures in the set as this seems to be the most common armament/costume seen in the ancient representations of Thueophoroi.
I’m looking forward to the release of these figures and I’ll certainly be investing in a few sets.

Jeff Jonas - May 21, 2021

The cloaks are certainly optional. In combat they probably were not worn on sunny days. But the thureophoroi did the dirty work of protecting the camp and supplies, to operating in bad conditions on the misty morning rocky ground, to standing guard in important garrisons. Cloaks are certainly appropriate also because fancy cloaks were a typical reward of Successor kings as well as kausiae caps. I like the fancy cloaked thureophoroi as well as uncloaked, as they are depicted in sources either way.

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