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Veni! Vidi! …. I paint!

Veni! Vidi! …. I paint!

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Project Blog by chesh

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About the Project

I have been looking closely at the projects on the website since the beginning of the year and really wanted to get involved, but till now could not find a project that really energised me to want to share my journey, of learning new skills, a new game, and a new historical period all wrapped into one. That changed when I began reading SPQR by Mary Beard. Rome has gripped me! Rome will transform me! Rome will become me! Ok rewind a little, that was maybe a little over dramatic, but I like to get absorbed in anything I do. Want I want to create is a log of my journey into historical wargaming, and how I will use this to also learn about military history in the ancient period of history. A little about me, I am mature undergraduate history student, currently studying with the Open University part time. I have dipped in and out of the wargaming hobby since Heroquest, Advanced Heroquest and Epic enticed me in during my tender years. I’ve never been much of a painter, but want to change that, and am hoping by using the project facility here on Beasts of War, to help motivate me to keep updating, and also to help slowly improve my painting and modelling through practice.

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The first legion!

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I couldn’t wait to get the boxes open, and managed to get a base of Roman legionaries put together.  Just one base though!

 

The first legion!

I have always struggled with mould lines, and here is no different.  I can see the big one right down the front leg on the right hand model.  I have managed to scrap the arm ones away, but where it is over multiple parts like the sandals or armour plates I have struggled!

Anyway, week off work for Easter!  Aim is to have this base painted and based all complete by the end of the week.  Always good for little targets, and this is the first.

In the beginning....

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One thing that I have impressed me with the hobby recently is the amount of quality ‘starter sets’ that are currently within the market place. A criticism of Games Workshop in the past has been the amount of models required at entry level, and that this has even put some people of the hobby.   With Games Workshop the boxed games they have recently produced, and the different points at which people can jump in at with both 40k and Age of Sigmar, must surely have helped them with the recent announcement of profits I am sure I have read. There is nothing more daunting than opening up a box, and thinking ‘oh man what I have I got into!’.

Then why ancient warfare? Surely nothing says mass battle more than Plataea, Cannae or Gaugamela? Well that’s the thing with starter sets, there seems to be something out there for a small model count these days.

I had two different starter sets arrive yesterday, ‘Bread and Circuses’ for Gangs of Rome, and ‘The Roman Invasion of Britain’, for Hail Caesar.

So plan is –

Gangs of Rome, looks a fun little game with a low model count, so won’t be to daunting. Civil strife was always an issue within Rome, with Civil Wars been constant, even from the beginning with Romulus killing Remus and the Rape of the Sabines. So, it fits perfectly with wanting to learn more about Roman history and trying not to feel over daunted with the model count, plus the scenery coming out of Sarissa just looks fantastic.

In the beginning....

Hail Caesar, I want to use the models from in the starter set for learning the game (sounds like I am stating the obvious!). With a leader in each, you have a basic division and hopefully this will give me a good founding in the rules. I have ideas for other armies in the future but want to stick to this and not get carried away from the start. I think I will look at painting the Romans first (although may look at a test stand for the Britons too.

In the beginning....

*EDIT – I have just seen the trailer for SPQR from Warlord Games and must wonder what this will be. Will have to keep an eye on it!

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