My goal for 2021 was to complete a Roman Army by November. I managed to finish off an Early Republican Roman force that was fully usable for games of Wars of the Republic when it came out from Osprey. I was ready to play, but I was not done painting Romans, not by a long shot.
My initial plan was to build Principes and Triarri in Lorica Hamata (Chain Mial). When I started painting, I only had Pectoral Armored Romans. I did not look like I would be getting the Lorica Hamata due to delivery and stock issues. However, I got them about 6 months after ordering them. I decided to build a second army of Romans identical to my first one, except in Lorica Hamata.
So, I started by assembling and undercoating them. Like last time, I based them on washers as I prefer the heft of the finished model as opposed to plastic bases. I also saved the shields to be painted separately and later. Finally, I made two units of Hastati all using their Pilums, 1 unit of Principes with swords, and one unit of Triarri with spear.
As usual, my next step was undercoating them all white using a brush. I then batch painted all their skin, and their sandals in three or four different colors. From there, it was time to break them into their individual units and start painting them until they were done.
I decided the Hastati would use an Army Painter Desert Yellow for their tunics and shields, Principes would use a Pure Red, and Triarri would use a flat white. However, I decided that the Principes would also have red feathers, and the Triarri dark feathers to help them stand out a bit.
- A stand-alone Mid-Republic Army
- Swap in Triarri and Principes into my Early Republican Romans
- The Roman Republic Army and allied legions