Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Roman Auxiliaries - JJ's Dacian Wars
Roman Auxiliary Soldiers
The second unit in my Dacian Wars collection is this Auxiliary Cohort. The Auxiliary Infantry in the Imperial Roman Army were the workhorse units and formed a valuable part of its combat effectiveness. These chaps will be the first into combat when they come up against the Dacian horde.
The animation in these Warlord plastics really bring the unit alive with just enough variation to give the impression of aggressive action.
The downside with all that animation is trying to squeeze four figures onto a 40mm square base, however with a bit of trial and error it is possible to get them working alongside each other in a compact mass of spears and swords.
I'm really enjoying the challenge of capturing the expressions on my little warriors faces. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have always felt obliged to honour the work of the sculptor by bringing alive the detail he or she has managed to create.
The other key challenge I haven't enjoyed is the task of working with plastic spears. The detail is great but their fragility when being handled is exasperating and I am now committed to moving on to brass rod spears, and at some time this unit will need a re-bore of all those hand grips as I replace them with a sturdy wargame handling option. Oh well I am on the learning curve here!
The really pleasurable side to producing these two units is that my eldest lad Tom has felt inspired to declare he wants to get back into his painting by doing some 28mm Romans. So this blog is doing it's bit to bring new generations into the hobby.
Next up Hesse Darmstadt Artillery.