Thought I’d given up, huh? Thrown in the towel. Lesser geeks would be done for by now, it’s true, but I forge onwards. I’ve finally reached the point where I’m far closer to the end of the project than I am to the beginning. It feels good.
For some reason I was avoiding painting the Auxiliary Archers because I thought they were going to be nit-picky. Boy, was I wrong; they’ve been the easiest unit to paint in the entire Roman range. Here are two units from the front…
And now for a word on the basing material I’ll be using. The original Legion test-unit was based with just sand. I found it a little too blah and promptly ripped it from the base. I’ve tried something different.
Pictured below is some of my homemade flocking. I have a few boxes of dried bark that I pulled from a gigantic dead tree. I smashed some pieces with a hammer, and eventually got a coarse mixture. I added some sand and came up with this concoction.
I tested it out on an Auxilia unit. I think it makes the base look more interesting and random than just sand. Sand alone works well on 28mm models, but I think at this scale, it’s too perfect, and makes it seem like everyone is standing on the beach. We’ll see how it looks when it paints up.
Good question. I figured it’s about time for an update, a glance back at the initial goal. Here’s the original 500-point list I came up with at the beginning of the project. Units in RED have been completed, and those in BLACK remain unfinished:
Command: Generals x 3
Cavalry Units: Medium Cavalry (Alares) x 2, Light Cavalry (Libyans) x 1
Infantry; Melee: Legionnaires x 6, Auxilia x 4
Infantry; Missile: Auxiliary Archers x 2, Ballistae (mobile) x 1
Skirmishers: Balearic Slingers x 2
TOTAL COMPLETED – 14 units
TOTAL REMAINING – 4 units & 3 command stands
Here’s what’s left to paint. This includes the 4 units, as well as the command stands.
It’s been quite a few years since I imposed a strict time limit on myself for a modelling project. Even though there are headaches (i.e. painting at times when you’re not quite in the mood), it’s quite rewarding to see a project come together before other distractions take over.
Thanks for reading,