No, not caligae, but modern boots. Walking boots to be precise. What has this to do with wargaming? you ask. Well, I suppose the link is a little tenuous, but please bear with me.
For a number of years I had a slight problem with my left achilles tendon - it was very sore, particularly in the winter - to the extent that I more or less had to hop down the stairs in the morning, though it would ease off after a while, so that by the time I left for work, it was back to 'normal'. …
Here is my Third Century Roman army, as it stands this evening. Four cohorts of legionaries with artillery, two alae of cavalry, four cohorts of auxilia including one of archers.
Here is the last unit of Romans - well, probably. Okay, so it probably isn't - I'm already planning more... More archers, some lanciarii, dromedarii, and so on!
But it was the last one I'd planned to do when I planned to do more after finishing 1,000 WAB points of Romans! These models represent Cohors I Sebastenorum, a milliary (nominally 1,000 strong, more usually 800) cohort, formed in the 1st century and recruited mainly from Samaria. As you'll see, it's bigger, at 24 figures, than the other, 16 figure, cohorts. All part of making my Roman army 'regular'. There are a couple of photos in the Third Century Roman Photo Album.
"Fire in the East" is drawing to a close. Apart from another unit - Roman auxilia - I am finished with my plan for 2,500 point armies. I may add another unit or two to each side - more cavalry for the Sassanids and some camels for the Romans. I do need, fairly desperately, to make or acquire some desert terrain in order to be able to play some games with them.
Well, here's my Sassanid army. I'm really pleased with the look of it. The different styles work well - it's obvious which are rich and which poor; the nomads and mountain tribesmen are obvious. And overall, it's pretty impressive - though the photo barely begins to do it justice. I ought to start on the next unit - the 'last' unit of Romans, but I think that instead I shall leave the Sassanids sitting there to admire for a while.
Hello all! Sorry I've been rather quiet lately - things have been a bit busy. And then yesterday we had a series of power cuts, which didn't help much. We quite often seem to get them, when the weather returns to being mild and wet after a period of cold. It was only our housing estate too - we could see from our windows that the rest of town was lit and warm.
Here is yet another cohort of Third Century Legionaries. Painted in the usual way, so nothing new. I've posted a couple of photos in the Third Century Roman Photo Album.
Happy New Year everyone!
Here is, quite possibly, my last unit of Sassanid infantry. It's a unit of 32 Miniature Design Studio archers, with the banner and shield transfer from Little Big Man Studios. Painting is all the usual methods - white primer, base colours, Army Painter Quick Shade 'Strong Tone', Testors' Dull Cote to finish off.