Thursday, 5 November 2009

Warlord Roman Command

Here is the second Impetus-based Warlord Roman base (this time command) which I finished a while ago prior to going into my Airfix frenzy. When painting these I wanted to try and introduce a little more diversity with their uniforms and equipment as well as practising my scalpel skills for some small modifications which I will highlight shortly.

I've said it before, I think these figures are great for a variety of reasons, not least their character and quality of finish which I believe to be a plastics benchmark at present. The centurion figure is joined by the cornicen and signifer to inspire and lead the troops.

The signifer and cornicen share the same torso and arms and even head, so I decided to give the former the parade mask to wear to add variety. Whether or not these were actually worn in battle remains conjecture; although one was discovered at the Teutoburg Forest; and caused a rethink among academics, it may simply have been part of the owner's baggage. When assembling the figure, a light application of green putty to his shoulders was needed to allow his head to sit correctly and unfortunately, despite trying, I was unable to give him a wolf's skin.

The cornicen was a little more straight forward and needed no real adjustment to make him 'work'. The only real criticism I have with him is despite many attempts, he refuses to 'play' his cornu. Oh, well, never mind.

The centurion with drawn gladius and scutum, leads his men forward; I went for the 'warry' look for him and dispensed with the optional vine staff.

The chaps above are showing off their added sword hilts which I (almost) successfully transplanted onto them allowing them to hurl pila with a guilt-free conscience instead of being confined to just wielding gladius.

The unit above, based on its movement tray base and showing off their differing tunics and equipment; as well as including the odd bronze helmet I gave the remainder additional fittings to further differentiate them.

Well, that's all for now, I think it's back to WW2 again now for a little while as I continue to jump around wildly and confusingly between time periods, scales and rule sets...

All the best for now,


I continued my usual practice of painting the legionaries' tunics in varying worn shades of either red or off-white, trying to capture that soldierly cheap, massed-produced look. The centurion's red tunic was deliberately made to look newer, brighter and hopefully more expensive than the common soldiers around him, with the other two officers sporting white versions.


  1. Monty, Spectacular effort. They have come out brilliant.
    And it's good to jump around painting periods. Stops you getting bored painting the same old thing.

  2. Many thanks for your kind comments, Paul - much appreciated as always.
    Hey, mate have you tried any of the FOW range as I'm looking at WW2 again, for multiple rule sets, but not haven't decided what scale, make etc to use?

  3. I used to play FOW back when it first came out in 2002. Played for a few years but got pissed off with the power gamers and their super German tank companies facing off with my PBI. How is an Anti-Tank rifle and sticky bombs going to defeat Tigers? Rant aside. Battlefront models are great. You can't go wrong there. They have everything you need. I also really favour Peter Pig. I use 15mm for big games and 28mm for the skirmish games.

  4. Cheers Paul,

    Thanks again I think I'll give them a go.

  5. Good work with the Romans. A very professional job.

    The Warlord Roman plastic has sorely tempted me but the fact I had committed to 15mm has meant I am a voyeur. I did paint my freebie figure from Wargames Illustrated and the Army Painter shader etc does still make it a tempting project (once I have cleared my decks)

  6. Cheers Geordie,vey kind, mate.
    I keep jumping from scale to scale, but 28mm is a favourite. The Warlord's are great and have made me consider ECW, an era I haven't even liked before.

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