Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Roman Heavy Infantry

Here is something not seen at the painting desk in ages, Romans!  Not just any Romans either.  This twelve-count of warriors is from the always handsome range of Aventine Miniatures' Romans.  These figures have been lingering in the lead stockpile for longer than I remember.  I could look it up to see exactly how long but won't to avoid potential embarrassment
With the surge of a half-dozen Celt and Gallic units mustering off the painting desk in 2019, it was time to add some opposition for the barbarians before force size swung completely out of balance.  Seeing the number of Celts still in the painting queue, it made good sense to throw a little opposition into the mix.
After the two Celtic units working their way through the painting queue are completed, it will be time to assess progress on the build-up for Telamon.  Celtic cavalry are still needed for the battle but perhaps excluding the cavalry action from the battle is possible?  More research needed.   

50 comments:

  1. Excellent work and love the Aventine range, must get some of their new Thracians. :)

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    1. Thank you, Mark! The Aventine figures are certainly tops!

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  2. Wonderful painting on great figures. Perhaps your Aventine Romans are older than mine .... but I'd doubt it the way I'm going :)

    Richard

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    1. Thanks, Richard! Good to hear from you!

      Yes, these figures have been in The Lead Pile for years. Good to see them finally with a slap of paint.

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  3. Lovely work as always and the bronze looks particularly good.

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  4. Lovely looking Triari! Great colour scheme and the metal finish is ace!
    Best Iain

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  5. An excellent looking unit, the figure facial expressions are all very stern.

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  6. Great figures and an equally fine paint job. Good to see some opposition produced for the smelly Barbs! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Peter!

      While I have a sizable core of Romans to face the Barbs, it is very good to see some more opposition for the Celts

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  7. Beautiful work on these Jonathan...I really like the size of your units, too. Twelve is a much easier number to achieve than 18 or 24 - making creating another full unit a less daunting task!

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    1. Thanks, Keith! For sure, a dozen figures per BMU is much easier to manage than 18 or 24.

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  8. Great looking painted Aventine Miniatures you have here Jonathan...

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  9. Ooh Romans, very nice. I like that the combination of feathers and spears give a greater sense of bulk to the base. The dip has nicely brought the brass down to a very 'veteran' look.

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  10. The bronze, black and white is a great colour combination. Very nicely done.

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  11. Great looking Romans, Jonathan! Really surprising after so many Celts have been seen here.

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  12. The Aventine miniatures production to some of the best. They look great in your paint, Jonathan.
    8)

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    1. Thank you! I agree that Aventine are some of the best. I wish they made Carthaginians.

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  13. Great looking figures Jonathan. It's great to get lingering figures out of the leadpile.

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    1. Much appreciated, Ray! It feels good to get this dead weight out of the lead pile.

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  14. Splendid toys Jonathan...
    This has of course remind me that I have some Aventine Sassanids looking at me from the back of the lead mountain... they appear to be unhappy and bored;-)
    Their time will come...

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Glad you like them, Aly!

      Must not let your toys become bored. Get them into the painting queue post-haste!

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  15. Excellent Triarii Jonathan!

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  16. Really nice sculpts and a good looking unit too. How big are these ancients forces that you are putting together?

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    1. The Aventine Romans are superb sculpts. For force size, maybe an initial goal of a dozen infantry units per side would work. I have much more research (and painting) to go. I need to pull the figures from boxes and assess my position.

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  17. Great work and those Aventine figures look terrific. I have been looking for an excuse to get some myself, and my resistance is weakening after seeing how you have brought the best out in them.

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    1. Thank you! The Aventines are my favorites, no doubt.
      I would enjoy seeing your handiwork directed towards these 28s.

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  18. Nice unit Jonathan a complete range of period and range often helps the mojo 🙂

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    1. Indeed! Variety helps with painting motivation for me and gives me something new to look forward to with each unit.

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  19. Wow! I miss not having a dedicated painting and storage area for my miniatures. I would paint more 28mm miniatures. You did a stunning job! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! Having a dedicated space for gaming and painting makes a big difference for me.

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  20. Great job, looking good miniatures. It’s always a great feeling when miniatures that have gone unpainted for years get completed.

    And then we buy more of them. 😀

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    1. "And then we buy more of them." Isn't that the truth!

      Thanks for your comment, Stew!

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  21. Your Triarii look excellent as always. All these ancients of late have me tempted to do some Cartheginians in this scale. We should really get Impetus back out on the table this year.

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    1. Thanks! We really should get Impetvs back on the table. It has been far too long since the last game and there are so many armies and periods ready to fight. Trying Biblicals would be high on my Wish List.

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  22. Some uniformity but not too much. That reminds me of the fact, that I still have hundreds of Romans not painted yet.

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    1. Thanks for the visit. Now, get to work on your Romans!

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