Sunday, March 18, 2018

Late Imperial Roman Infantry

Late Imperial Roman figures are from Legio Heroica, Romano British figures are from Lurkio, shield decals from Little Big Men studios.

The shield decals are really beautiful, which is important since they are pretty much all you can see once the figures are based - but sticking them on one by one is an absolute pain.

The (very) Late Imperial Romans, possibly the last army I'll paint

It's getting harder to paint, and to paint well. One gets older, and the eyes can't focus close enough for painting, the shoulders and back can't take the hunched over posture required for close work, and it gets harder to find enough time to paint for long stretches. As I started painting this Late Imperial Roman army, I came to the realisation that this was possibly the last army I would ever paint.

I won't stop painting altogether, but I don't think I'll be able to commit to such a large project again. I might still paint a few figures or models here and there, and there are always a few spare figures to add to existing armies, but I don't think I have it in me to paint like this anymore. Painting a whole army requires mass production, and that in turn requires a period of a few days to commit to nothing but painting. For reference, the largest project I've ever tackled was another Roman army, the Polybian Republican Army, and that was something like 221 figures painted in a 3 day period when I had a stretch of leave. I've only managed 102 figures painted in the last 3 days, with at least another 100 or so more to go before this army is complete.

Perhaps I'll switch to larger scales: maybe I'll switch to games that have fewer figures. In the meantime, clearing my backlog of existing unpainted miniatures will take up most of my time.

These Late Imperial Romans are (true to their name) a few years overdue. We started this project in 2015, but it's taken me this long to start painting them because I've not been able to find a stretch of time that I could commit to this project.

It took me three days to get the bulk of the infantry done, and I still have at least an equal weight of cavalry to complete, but at least the main core of the army is completed. I'll post a proper "muster parade" picture when I'm done flocking them, but for now, from left to right, we have LIR Legiones, with archers supporting spear and shield infantry in close, ordered, ranks; Romano-British infantry, with Legiones in the front rank (in a looser but still ordered formation), and pedyts in the subsequent ranks (in a more irregular and loose formation). There's a bunch of cavalry I've still to paint, but at least the heavy infantry core of my half of the LIR army (Cpt Arjun has the other half) are done!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Dux Bellorum: Macedonians vs Romans

Captain Arjun hosted a nice game for Martin and me this weekend, pitting the Macedonians against my Polybian Romans.

The Macedonians had to cross the river (from north of the map) at three fording points to deploy, while I started with half a legion holding a hill in the middle, and the other one and a half legions arriving in march column. It was a rush to deploy for both sides (as you can see in the top left image of the montage, below), but eventually we brought most of our forces to bear. I managed to form a defensive line across the three hills in the middle of the map, and eventually wore the Macedonians down enough to force a morale break.  

Cpt Arjun has more pictures over here.

Here you can see the Macedonian army massed on the right, waiting to cross the river, while half of a legion occupies a hill on the left.

Another view of the beautiful massed pikes waiting to cross the bridge.

The march column rushes to enter the map and deploy in line.

The leading element were allied Spanish Cavalry, who, after a shaky start, punched well above their weight for this game.

The final clash of pilum against pike.


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