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Saga Late Roman PLOG (71 posts)

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  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    I’ve played Saga for a couple of years and I’ve built an Anglo-Dane, Norman and Muslim armies. When the news broke for the Aetius & Arthur supplement I was really excited to learn that one of the armies was going to be Romans!
    Even before I had the rulebook in hand, I started building a Roman army. I decided to use the Gripping Beast plastic Late Roman set. The figures are pretty nice and you get a lot of minis in a box. There are, however, a few downsides to this box set.
    First, there are a limited number of poses, basically there are only two for the unarmored spearmen and only two for the armored spearmen. There’s only one pose for the archers. You can mitigate this somewhat by how you position the arms and heads. And you do get two helmet options for the heads, one hat option and one head with no headgear. I decided to give my archers all of one style of helmet and everyone else the second style of helmet.
    Secondly, the box set is inefficient in its distribution of figures. There are 8 armored spearmen, sufficient for 2 points of hearth guard, and eight unarmored spearmen, suitable for 1 point of warriors. The big inefficiency is the 16 bowmen per box. As the Romans have warrior bowmen, that’s two, 8 man units of bowmen, and that’s probably more than you’ll need.
    There are also options for standard bearers, a trumpeter and a unit leader/ warlord.
    I got a metal ballista and some metal cavalry figures, also from Gripping Beast, but the main focus here will be the plastic infantry.

  • Avatar Image bobcockayne120p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    For inspiration and poss scenarios read the alt history, Cato’ Cavalry’ plus the 2x follow up books in e books on Amazon, In this all the battle is not described, you could pit Arthurian, Roman and Goths vs ……………..Huns, as in the alt history Arthur is famous for his destruction of Hun Invasion..

    Should have taken a left at Alberqurquie.
  • Avatar Image grimcrazy291p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Why don’t you make your Roman warband marines instead of regular infantry?

    I think Osprey has a book with Late Roman-British ship’s crew in it. What happened to Chester in Late Antiquity?

  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    https://i.imgur.com/2ps9q4R.jpg

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    I used the Gripping Beast plastic Late Romans to be the basis of my army. Here I’ve attached the mini to a Warlord Games plastic base.

  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    After building all the minis and gluing them to the bases, I filled in the hollow of the base.
    https://i.imgur.com/YIAbnEk.jpg

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    I used 4Grounds basing materials but you could easily use spackling or some similar material.
    https://i.imgur.com/a8HYZtE.jpg

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  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    As I wanted to make transportation of the army as easy as possible, I used superglue to attach some magnets to the bases. I have a plastic box with a metal sheet affixed to the bottom of the box for the magnet to stick to.
    https://i.imgur.com/C4eooak.jpg

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  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    After allowing the basing material to dry, I used some good old Elmer’s glue and covered the bases then dipped the still wet glue in a tub of sand.
    https://i.imgur.com/SGIgLFR.jpg

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  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    After allowing the glue to dry, I taped the minis to a wooden paint stirrer in preparation for base coating.
    https://i.imgur.com/kdQuNpR.jpg

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  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    I used Army Painter Skeleton Bone as the base color. Light colors take washes easier and the washes allow you to get details easily and much faster than trying to paint them on.
    https://i.imgur.com/ChEVVhw.jpg

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  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Here I’ve painted the base using an acrylic paint from an art store. The color is Burnt Sienna.
    https://i.imgur.com/G8Qf9pj.jpg

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  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    There are a few metal details I wanted to differentiate so I used Vallejo Brass on the belt buckle, sword hilt and parts of the sword sheath.
    https://i.imgur.com/Q35VuMD.jpg

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  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Next, I painted the face and hands Vallejo Dark Flesh.
    https://i.imgur.com/cPAgV7M.jpg

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  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Up next is the spear, belts and scabbard; all painted in Vallejo Flat Brown.
    https://i.imgur.com/PaSvFKe.jpg

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  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Helmets and spear tips are painted with Army Painter Plate Metal.
    https://i.imgur.com/Y6TLrV9.jpg

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  • Avatar Image blipvertus152p said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Final color to be blocked in is Army Painter Fur Brown for the circular patches on each shoulder, the two on the front of the tunic and the bottom edge of the tunic.
    https://i.imgur.com/xnPJlHY.jpg

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