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Painted Helmets and repainted Linthorax - Seth Rainey - 08-10-2017

Hello, I'm getting involved in Hoplite, and have been searching for a Corinthian helmet that suits me.   But what I want to know is about painting the helmet itself. I saw some stuff about the cheek plates being painted and wanted to know if this was appropriate. I can find information on the crest boxes being painted, and hints at the helmets being painted but I want some opinions before I do anything. I had just planed to [/font][/size][font=Times New Roman]paint blue and white checks on mine, nothing as fancy as the photo I put up for reference. I also bought a commercially available linothorax that I plan to repaint as well has anyone else ever done that?


RE: Painted Helmets and repainted Linthorax - Creon01 - 08-10-2017

Regarding painted linos/spola body armor:

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Some think he's wearing a common leather cap, a kynee, while others think it's the bottom of a helmet, either way it's blue.

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RE: Painted Helmets and repainted Linthorax - Seth Rainey - 08-11-2017

(08-10-2017, 07:56 PM)Thank you very much! I really want to highlight my Linthorax to match my crest and paint my helmet as well. Creon01 Wrote: Regarding painted linos/spola body armor:

[Image: 33210409430_73b307c621_z.jpg]

Some think he's wearing a common leather cap, a kynee, while others think it's the bottom of a helmet, either way it's blue.

[Image: 33477494481_f3c45367e9.jpg]



RE: Painted Helmets and repainted Linthorax - Feinman - 08-14-2017

I very much suspect that some of the patterned geometric bands seen in the depictions are actually tablet-woven bands; they are often seen near the top of the tube section of the armour.
Some of the other decorations could be embroidered or painted.  Much earlier Egyptian linen armour had tablet-woven bands, as did some of Tut's garments.


RE: Painted Helmets and repainted Linthorax - Dan Howard - 08-14-2017

Agreed. Just because the stone representation was painted doesn't mean that the actual item was painted.

FWIW I'm in the camp who thinks that it is a Corinthian tipped back on the head.


RE: Painted Helmets and repainted Linthorax - Creon01 - 08-15-2017

Like this? It would certainly look more heroic.

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From the Tomb of Lyson and Kallikles in ancient Mieza (modern-day Lefkadia), Hellenistic helmets.

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RE: Painted Helmets and repainted Linthorax - Feinman - 08-15-2017

(08-14-2017, 11:47 PM)Dan Howard Wrote: Agreed. Just because the stone representation was painted doesn't mean that the actual item was painted.

The good news is that the bands are easy to commission or find:

https://www.etsy.com/search?q=tablet%20woven%20band&ref=auto3