Prufrock's Wargaming Blog

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Breaking the duck

Well, it's been a very long while, but I've actually got a bit of painting done. Nothing to get especially excited about, but it's a start.

These are from the first batch of my late Republican Romans made up of Old Glory figures bought some time ago already painted from a TMPer, touched up, with command figures from the Quick Reaction Force range added in, and (eventually) to be brought up to strength with a few more OG figures I'll paint myself.



As you can see, the effect is intended to be one of mass rather than of superbly skilled painting. I'd like to say that is by choice, but I must face facts: I'm more workman than artist!


They've been sitting in a box for a long time. This is what they looked like before:



There is actually quite a bit of work needed to get them ready for basing. They were roughly done originally, with most having some obvious flaw (eg, flesh not painted on the arms, bottom of the tunic not painted, cheek guards of the helmet flesh and so on), but with flaws different on each figure. Also the small details were not done (belts, boots, scabbards, sword handles etc) so to standardize them takes quite a lot of time spent checking, sorting and touching them up individually to make sure that they all end up looking similar enough to go in the same unit.

The good thing is that I don't have to worry about cleaning them up or undercoating them, so on the whole it was worth it getting them like this rather than starting completely from scratch.

And this is how many are left from the original batch.


It feels good to have made a (small) start on them!



17 comments:

  1. Great looking figures and touch up's by you... looks like to me your late Republican Romans are based for Hail Caesar or even Commands and Colors Ancients rules sets? :o)

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    1. Thanks Phil - you are an observant fellow! Yes, based for Lost Battles, but will be compatible with C&C and HC too :)

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  2. Fantastic pick-up from eBay! Quite a few figures and they look good to me. You still have a fair amount of work remaining but buying second certainly gives the project a jump start!

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    1. Seem to be in the swing of it for the moment, so that's good. It is getting easier as I go, and I'm appreciating the work done by the original painter more and more! The plan is 16 blue units of 18 and 16 red units of 12 so that we can do Roman Civil Wars...

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  3. They look great - nothing like troops en masse on the table top.

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    1. Yes, nothing beats the massed effect for me, but that's all I can really do, so I don't have much choice!

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  4. Getting a good deal on figs that aren't too bad and touching up to your standards is a great way to shake and bake that Army you want. Great find, and glad to see your back on the wagon;)

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    Kevin

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    1. Thanks Kevin. I agree - the head start has made all the difference!

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  5. Looking verygood Aaron! Welcome back to the brush.

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    1. Thanks Simon - long may it continue, eh?

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  6. I wish I had your fortitude at the moment! You know we are going to have to organize a Magnesia game or similar some time several months in advance to force me to paint those catafracts of mine...

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    1. Yep, if you think it would tip you over the edge!

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