The goal was to build a Roman army by November. That is when Osprey's Wars of the Republic is due to come out. I had been busy playtesting with Paper Templates but for the release and general play going forward I wanted to migrate to actual models!
When we last left off, I had assembled the basic army using Victrix Republican Romans in Pectoral Armor. This allowed me to put together enough models for the baseline army list I wanted. This included the following units:
- 2 Hastati
- 1 Principes
- 1 Triarri
I used three different colors to paint the Romans sandals. I divided them into small groups, so the first two rows across the units got color 1, the second two rows got color 2, and the remainders got the final color. I was using army painter paints. I have to admit, after painting 100 sandals..... I was starting to question my life choices.
The eagle eyed amongst you may notice that these guys do not have the traditional Wolf pelts associated with Roman Velites. The reason is simple. These guys are not Velites. Prior to Velites the Romans used standard Skirmishers. The main difference is that Velites had javelins, long daggers, and small shields. Skirmishers skip the shields and wolf pelts. They are even lighter troops. In the rules, Velites are treated like Light Infantry such as Peltasts and other Javelin and Shield armed soldiers.
As I finished up the tunics, Oreo wanted to remind me NOT to drink the paint water. She wanted it and considered it a special treat. Especially before bedtime!