Thursday, 25 June 2020

15mm Republican Roman Triarii

I have spent most of June on the next batch of Republican Romans, with twenty-four elements of Triarii now completed:




































I divided these up again across the four standing legions, with the figures again from Xyston and the shield transfers from Little Big Men Studios:




































There are two sculpts in each pack and, unusually for Xyston, the facial features on one was quite indistinct so took a little extra work, but is not overly visible underneath the distinctive Triarii helmet anyway:


















I gave each unit a command element with the original standards carried by Legio I-IV. The standard bearer is a very nice sculpt with teeth just visible on the bear pelts, which makes them a little more interesting:




































As I intend for this army to span a few Republican Roman eras through to the Marian reforms, I also completed four command elements with the aquila standard. I was four figures short in the final count, so this seemed to be as good a place as any to put the four lictor figures from the command pack, carrying their fasces (and you have to be careful how you type that):




































That's now another twenty-eight elements or 112 figures completed toward the army, which means there are now seventy-eight or 312 figures completed thus far:




































The Principes are on the painting table at the moment and I am hoping to have them completed before the end of July, which should put me at just over the halfway point on this project. Given that they have sat patiently in storage for the past ten years I'm loathe to start a new project as I fear it may be another ten years before I circle back again, so will keep going while I still have momentum.

14 comments:

  1. Lawrence, I wondered what you have been up to in the last month. Now I know! You have been churning out gorgeous Republican Romans. Your work in 15mm is astounding. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, it ended up being quite a productive month in the end, although it didn't feel like it when I was going through it.

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  2. Great output, really lovely looking minis.

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  3. Fantastic looking republican Roman's! They look ace!
    Best Iain

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    1. Cheers Iain, I'm approaching the halfway mark on this project so will keep going now.

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  4. Outstanding job on your Triarii, most impressive details!

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    1. Thanks Phil, they were quite a nice figure to paint in spite of the lack of facial features on one of the sculpts.

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  5. Wonderful collection of Republican Romans Lawrence, how easy do you find using shield transfers in this scale?

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    1. Thanks Keith. The shield transfers can be a little fiddly and, due to the variability of the shield sizes, very rarely cover the entirety of the shield and so require filling in and blending near the edges. I do however much prefer using them rather than having to attempt the same task freehand.

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  6. These look formidable and fantastic Lawrence!

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  7. Remarkably Resplendent Republican Romans, Lawrence! :-)
    Even in 28 mm, I am content to leave the shields as a solid color, though! :-)
    I have a few Punic wars additions to paint, maybe later this summer.

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    1. Cheers Peter. I have a 28mm Republican Roman army stored away somewhere which I hope to get to one day, but I suspect I will be looking for something new after I have completed the 15mm version.

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