Romans


The Legion Grows!

For the Glory of Rome!The last few weeks have seen me nattering away on my new Roman project. I've managed to complete thirty of these sculpts from Victrix Lmtd and its all starting to look like a little force now. I'm building the army with the intent to use them with a heavily modified version of Neil Thomas' One Hour Wargames rules (I'll post the mods up sometime soon) or Basic Impetus. Right now I can use these as three separate units in those games, or I could form them into a large single unit for something like Hail Caesar.Unit one has a Centurion and associated command units. Unit two is all infantry, with the front rank advancing.Unit three is more troops advancing under watchful eye of an Optio in the back rank.I'm super happy with how these guys are shaping up. I'm not really going for historical accuracy - more of trying to create the Roman army that I've always wanted in my head. The next unit will be a ten man unit of Praetorians, mostly because they are fun models and will look really cool

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Back to Rank and Flank

Looks like some of my future projects are a return to games involving mass ranks of troops organized in blocks. Its a good place to return to, and its been a while. First on deck, I finished up my first unit of Early Imperial Romans. I have mounted them on a 120mm x 60mm base, and I really like how it lets everything breath and have room. The basing size is compatible with the Impetus rules system, but I think I'm aiming to build the army around a heavily modified version of Neal Thomas' One Hour Wargames rules.These are Victrix plastic kits - Roman Legionaries Advancing. I've got three more blocks of these cats to do.I also drifted back into Oldhammer this week by completing a fourth unit of High Elf archers. The command group is cobbled together, but overall I think it works. Also of note in this unit: the archer on the viewer's right is the first ever model my girlfriend has painted. She sat down to try it out and under my cruel tutelage managed to do an amazing job for her first ever mini!This unit brings

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"Alea Jacta Est."

The die is cast. I have always wanted a model army of Early Imperial Romans. I've tried twice before to build a Roman army - once with Italleri plastics in 1/72 scale and once with Old Glory metals in 28mm. Both times I enjoyed painting them, but got side-tracked with other projects. A few months ago, I picked up a pair of sets of excellent Legionaries by Victrix and they've been sitting in my "To-Do" pile. This week I managed to assemble some and start painting them. These models are from Victrix's Legionaries Attacking set. Starting with a red priming coat, these guys paint up super quick! I also made some custom shield decals in Photoshop and printed them out on waterslide transfer paper. It takes some extra cutting to make holes for the shield bosses, but I think its really worth the end effect. I've got two sets of 25 guys each, so I should be chewing through them for a little bit. But right now, I'm 1/10 of the way through them and already planning for my next purchases. I'm unsure w

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[EN/PL] Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo (Warlord Games)

Hello everyone!The story of two centurions from the 11th Legion (Legio XI Claudia) in the army of Caesar today.The great leader mentions brave soldiers (also known from the TV series Rome) in the work "Gallic War" And it's Caesar's voice today ..."In that legion there were two most gallant centurions, now not far from the first class of their rank,6 Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus. They had continual quarrels together which was to stand first, and every year they struggled in fierce rivalry for the chief posts. One of them, Pullo, when the fight was fiercest by the entrenchments, said: "Why hesitate, Vorenus? Or what chance of proving your pluck do you wait for? This day shall decide our quarrels." So saying, he stepped outside the entrenchments, and dashed upon the section of the enemy which seemed to be in closest array. Neither did Vorenus keep within the rampart, but in fear of what all men would think he followed hard. Then, at short range, Pullo sent his pike at the enemy, and pierced

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[EN/PL] SPQR - Warlord Games: Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo (Warlord Games)

Hello everyone!The story of two centurions from the 11th Legion (Legio XI Claudia) in the army of Caesar today.The great leader mentions brave soldiers (also known from the TV series Rome) in the work "Gallic War" And it's Caesar's voice today ..."In that legion there were two most gallant centurions, now not far from the first class of their rank,6 Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus. They had continual quarrels together which was to stand first, and every year they struggled in fierce rivalry for the chief posts. One of them, Pullo, when the fight was fiercest by the entrenchments, said: "Why hesitate, Vorenus? Or what chance of proving your pluck do you wait for? This day shall decide our quarrels." So saying, he stepped outside the entrenchments, and dashed upon the section of the enemy which seemed to be in closest array. Neither did Vorenus keep within the rampart, but in fear of what all men would think he followed hard. Then, at short range, Pullo sent his pike at the enemy, and pierced

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My first 3d print

Yippee, I did it.   These are the first item I printed on my new CR-10 printer.   Let me tell you it wasn't a cake walk.  I could get the print to stick on the glass.  Had some issue that turned out to be operator error.  Thank god for you tube.  Just coating the glass bed with a thin layer of elmer's purple glue stick...  Bang the PLA stuck.  Another problem I had was leveling the bed...   Can't repeat the salty language I used.  But hell, it made me feel better.These prints are my I lovecrafts Romans series.  The Roman building, roads, and  many more awesome items to print.  files can be bought here:i-lovecraftEnough of my talking.  Here it is my first prints. Roman city walk ways

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Flavia Graecina

I went to The Battle Ground Show a few weeks ago and came back with  some swag, including the much anticipated Flavia Graecina which I painted yesterday.I tried to copy her pretty much straight from the Warbanner website, I not entirely happy with her face, but I've had two goes at it, I might have another go later, but not today. 'coz We're going to Football.Sorry about the poor quality photos.Cheers

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Rise of Rome

Around 18 months or so ago I restarted a project loosely called The Rise of Rome, the project starts at the Pyrrhic war and ends at 2nd Punic war and involves three main protagonists, Spear armed Carthaginians, Pike armed Greeks, and sword armed Romans.CarthageThe Carthaginians are about half way there, currently there are three units to stand in the line, two units of Africans and a unit of Greek Hoplites all recently painted along with the Numidian skirmishers.  These are supported by Numidian horse which are in need of rebasing and the Thureophoroi in need of repainting.I have a unit of Spanish Cavalry primed and ready to paint and 40 Spanish Scutarii needing cleaning up and sticking together.  For the future I'd like to add a unit of Citizen Spearmen who could be used as a Sacred Band and a unit of Citizen Cavalry.  I also want some more Spanish and to make a start on the Gauls.Salute 2004 Hannibal All Crusader Miniatures and a 1st Corps Numidian Elephant.5 of the Hoplon

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Didn't we have a lovely time..

The day we went to Fiasco.I haven't posted for a while now, been busy with the day job so painting moves down the list of priorities.  Anyway, a couple of weeks ago it was my eldest daughters birthdays, who happens to live in Leeds and a couple of days later it was my birthday so despite the fact I've been try to forget my birthday for longer than I can remember we arranged to visit Leeds the following weekend for a small celebration, which as it happened coincided with Fiasco.  While my wife and two daughters hit the shops, I spent a couple of hours at Fiasco.Now I didn't plan to buy anything particularly, as unusually for a wargamer/painter/modeler I don't like piles of unpainted stuff lying around, and I've got quite enough to be getting on with thank you very much.  I did though want a look at the Gangs of Rome figures, not necessarily buy any, just a look, especially the Flavia Graecina figure  as decent historical female figures are pretty hard to come by in any genre and I

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Celtae Seniores

I have now completed the first of my extra units which I 'need' for my Roman armies, the unit joining the Western Field Army are the Celtae Seniores, this unit is attached to the Italian Command of the Magister Peditum, the infantry commander, its sister unit the Celtae Iunories served under the Comes Africa and had a completely different shield pattern.The sharp eyed among you may have noticed I have removed the Chi-Rho Christian symbol which the transfers have straight from Little Big Man Studios. The main source for late Roman shield patterns is of course the Notitia Dignitatum which to my knowledge does not show this symbol on shields at all. I also read that it was only ever used once, when Constantine had his troops daub it on their shields at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, an early example of psychological warfare/Christian propaganda? So I painted it out. This Auxilia Palatina formation was normally 'brigaded' or found with the Petulantes Seniores who have a yellow shield with a blue figure wh

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Thunderbolts take the field

While at FIASCO Ryan and I sorted out a game for last night, he has a large plastic Successor army but it remains largely unpainted so I offered mine for the game. This meant of course that I would bring the Twelfth, it has been about a month since the Legion saw action, maybe a bit longer so it would be nice to get them back on the field of glory.It was a small game at 2,000 points so we could get a result in the time allotted, Ryan took two pike Phalanxes, a Galatian warband and line cataphracts supported by some Thureophoroi, skirmishers and a bolt shooter, he closed the terrain down a tad with a wood on his left while the other flank had a small hut. I took two Legionary cohorts, one normal and one recruits, well supported by Auxiliary troops, infantry, light infantry, archers and horse archers, I also took a bolt shooter just in case an elephant or two turned up, I also took the Contari, hopefully to keep any cataphracts busy.The Romans cautiously advance.I advanced first and climbed the small hill in my

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