Tuesday 20 December 2011

28mm Roman Marines

These rather splendid fellows are here as a direct result of my seemingly obsessive search to find miniatures that, in some way, illustrate the most recent book to leave the bedside table.

Now I know very little about Ancient Roman history other than what is portrayed on the silver screen or written in popular literature and even less of the Roman Navy.  If I'm brutally honest I don't suppose that I had given  much thought to a navy at all, until I read the opening chapters of Conn Iggulden's 'The Death of Kings'.  Here the fictional exploits, although I understand there is some factual basis, of a young Julius Caesar unfold.  The wonderfully vivid descriptions of the warfare aboard Roman galleys at this time certainly fired my imagination and so you can imagine my delight to find that 'Warlord Games' actually produce a set of Roman Marines!  Given my painfully slow rate of progress at present I've opted to do only one of each pose.  

I'm becoming more and more impressed by 'Warlord Games', great sculpts, fantastic service and some very shrewd alliances;  I was able to also pick up a set of shield transfers originally created by 'Little Big Men Studios' on the same site.  Will certainly be looking at returning there when I get round to reading the next instalment.  


  1. They are excellent, I love the cloaks on them especially!

  2. !!?? What´s happening!!? I´m doing colonials now and you´re doing romans... There must be a tear in the space time continuem..:-D
    They look great...I really like the addition of the little shells to the bases, I´ve not seen that one before...very clever

  3. Very nice and really like the colors!


  4. They look lovely Michael and I agree with Fran on the cloaks, the blue works out great.

  5. Really good work on these. I'm not convinced by the historical evidence for Marines use of hexagaonal shields though. I have only ever seen them illustrated with oval shields. But the figures have great animation!

  6. Great looking minis. Very nicely done!

  7. Top stuff. I have no idea about anything Roman apart from the typical Legionaire. Very nice paint jobs sir and great mini's.

  8. Beautiful brushwork!!! Love the cloaks and the shield's look excellent!

  9. Thank you all for the positive feedback. @legatus hedlius, as I said I know very little about the period but I have to admit that, I too, found no real reference to hexagonal shields. I can only assume it is a bit of creative license, very effective though.

  10. If I can add to the growing list of suitors - Beautiful indeed!!


  11. Those look great! I too usually start painting a new period based upon some book I just read or movie I just saw. I have put myself on a lead ban for a while though, cause I need to paint up some of the pile of lead on my painting table! Nice work!

  12. Great stuff Micheal. They look wonderful.

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