Wednesday 27 September 2023

15mm Polybian and early imperial Romans (nostalgia)

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Recently I have been having fun working on a nostalgia driven 1/72 Polybian Republican Roman project, I was introduced to wargaming whilst serving in the army in the 90s, the first army I ever painted was a 15mm Polybian Roman army with Iberian allies (which I loved, cheap but reliable troops) based for DBM, located at the front of these pics, I had a lot of fun playing DBM with it, my second army was a 15mm Imperial Roman army with Sarmation allies, located at the back of these pics, and my third was a samurai army (which I won a painting contest for) I still had these armies in the stash somewhere, so I went digging.

Surprisingly it only took me 30mm to find them, they are a bit beaten up, so I’m going to give myself a restoration project, clean them up, and give them a refresher paint job, here are some before pictures.

I’m missing some elements, and am wondering if mini figs and Essex miniatures are still available, I’ll go looking to see if I can pick up some troops to fill out the ranks. 

Sunday 24 September 2023

WIP Roman Velites and foot command

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I wanted a few velites without the wolf skins, so removed them and added helmeted heads, I need at least 1 foot command element, didn’t have any Republican foot command figures, but have a few Imperial Roman foot command spare, so I back dated a set. Hopefully they will pass muster. 

Saturday 23 September 2023

WIP 1/72 Roman Triarii

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Working on some 1/72 Roman Triarii, figs are from the Hat set, I wanted longer spears, so replaced with pins, did some head swaps and to reflect their veteran status added a plume to their helmets which I will paint red to help them stand out. 

Thursday 21 September 2023

WIP 1/72 Republican Romans and 3D printed Carthaginian war elephants

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A WIP Republican Roman legion with obligatory red shields, my next one will have yellow shields, figures are 1/72 Hat, I’ve done a base coat and a wash, will do highlights next.

Also meshed some STLs together to make a couple of  Carthaginian African elephants, the elephant can be found here , the crew can be found here and the tower was taken from this elephant

Sunday 17 September 2023

WIP 1/72 Ancient Spanish

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Whilst searching through my stash for 1/72 fantasy figures I stumbled across an old 1/72 Punic war DBMM project, I have great memories playing DBM Ancients (I had 15mm Polybian Roman, early imperial Roman, medieval German and Samurai) at the army wargaming club back in the 90s, I still have those armies in the stash, but have thought a 1/72 Polybian Roman and Carthaginian army would be fun to make, here I am working on some Spanish allies, that can be used with either side, I plan to expand it to a full ancient Spanish army at some stage.

I am using the Hat Spanish set, its obviously limited in poses with only 8, 2 of which are slingers, so I am doing a lot of head, legs and torso swaps to get as much variation as possible, at the same time I will try to fix the squared off poses, to a more classic fighters stance, and get as many shields facing the enemy as I can.

I have also added chest and back armour plates and long shields to the scutarii medium infantry, and small round shields to the light caetrati infantry, there are only 2 slinger poses, so tried to adjust those as much as I could, I’ll wash the figures then mount them for undercoating and painting.