Sunday, 18 October 2009

On the painting table

With my first Roman Cohort nearing completion, I thought i'd make a start on a couple of my command figures. The photo above (clickable) is of the tough old war dog General Quintus Pompeius Falco (centre) flanked by his Tribune and the Legion's standard. These figures will be mounted on a 50mm round base as a command stand. All figures are from Foundry's Caesarian range.

The figure above, I received in amongst some figures I bought off of eBay. I believe he is supposed to be the "Emperor Vespasian" from Foundry's Imperial Roman range but he will, for me, be representing the Governor Lucius Aemilius Barbula, a character you will hear a lot more about in the coming months.

NOTE: Someone has asked me how I come up with the names and history for the characters I've created for my army/campaign. Well, I spent a long time playing Europa Universalis: Rome last year on my computer and in truth, a lot of the names I use are the names of my best generals or other characters of interest from the game. For instance, General Flaccus (yet to make an appearance on the blog in figure form) virtually annexed all of Greece and conquered much of Gaul in the game for me so I decided to let him command my Romans on the tabletop. I have a list of names that I wrote down from the game with some of the things they did (great victory, rebelled, etc) which i'll try to incorporate into the characters. When I write the history I let my imagination run free but it's always interesting to find out what the real character from history did and try and incorporate some of that into the text. I hope that helps!


The Dale Wardens said...

I really like Foundry miniatures, their casings are among my favorites, but their horses are annoyingly small. Just a tidge more and they would make it up to 13 hands and look good.

That's a really good idea for character names by the way!


Consul said...

Now that you mention it, the horse does seem a little small for Lucius, but Lucius IS a very big man! He probably needs lifting onto his horse with a crane!

Thanks Dave, it really speeds up the process of 'creating' characters and gives a great basis to work from and build upon for your own characters.

The Romans are going a bit slowly at the minute as I've discovered skirmish games and the fact you only need to paint a dozen figures to play one!

See here: