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Spartan King Leonidas and his 300 (30) soldiers . Custom minifigs based on the Movie '300' . This is my version of the Spartan King Leonidas and his 300 soldiers (at 1/10th scale), this is also my first attempt at creating a custom torso graphic and applying decals. The graphic was created in Corel Draw 12 and is based heavily upon the Lego Batman Killer Croc torso. This is version five of the torso with the other four being unacceptable for a number of reasons. I am in the process of discussing having the torsos silk-screened by some art students at the local college; and if this works, then I will remove the decals (I haven’t Future Waxed them yet) and have them painted. The armour is obviously from Brickforge . I ordered one of each bronze and black to see which I liked better. I really wanted to use the bronze; however, when I looked at the two I just had to go with the black. The bronze is an excellent colour, but not for me. I also have an appropriate number of their falcatas in black, but am still working on how to make a sheath for these fine weapons. The problem is the shape of the blade and the handle, which have been playing havoc with my efforts so far. As you can see Leonidas has his falcate across the back of his hips – this was an accident, but has led me down a new path with respect to sheath design. Leonidas is also the only minifig Spartan in my collection to wear vambraces. They limit the movement of the arms, and I am not sold on their look in this application. In addition, the extra dollar per minifig would drive the cost of these little guys above $7us each. But I may still go for them as they do breakup the all yellow arms – time will tell. The capes are from C.A.B. Customs . They are of top quality, and are indistinguishable from the Lego originals. Could almost make one wonder if all the capes out there are legit; alternately, maybe this guy is a supplier for Lego. Not that I care, his capes are brilliant. So, the story (300 is a film adaptation of the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller): King Leonidas gathered 300 of his best warriors, those that had already sired male sons, to fight the Persian King Xerxes and his army of over a million. Leonidas leads his troops to the narrow cliffs of Thermopylae (the Hot Gates) to protect Sparta from the Persian hordes. They managed to sting the Persian army and even managed to make Xerxes himself bleed, but they died to the man (except for Dilios who was sent back to Sparta to tell their story). Dilios leads the Spartans back to war with the Persians in the Battle of Plataea – a year later. I am planning to work on the cliffs of Thermopylae at some point, but I have to get some studying done, and my daughter wants to build a new castle for her armies. One of the burdens of parenthood that I gladly embrace every day of my life. Obviously, not all the parts are from Bricklink , but you should still go check the place out – it is a treasure of pieces and parts that one just can’t live without. Take a look you won’t be disappointed. The decal

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