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Mark Davies02 Oct 2010 10:57 p.m. PST

My Polybian Romans are now over half way, with seven of the 14 elements complete and the others well on the way:


Images of what is done are at their army page:


ashill203 Oct 2010 2:13 a.m. PST

Thanks for sharing. Looking very good. I am always on the lookout for figures so it is very useful when someone shows a range of figures that have been painted.

Fonthill Hoser03 Oct 2010 2:15 a.m. PST

Nice work. What did you use for basing?

Temporary like Achilles03 Oct 2010 5:38 a.m. PST

Very nice, Mark. I have a collection of Chariot Romans as well, and you're not wrong that the triarii are a right pain to clean up with that flash around the cheek area. But once the figures are painted they make good looking armies, and you're doing a great job with the painting.


Toy Soldier Green03 Oct 2010 7:54 a.m. PST

Well done!

Mark Davies03 Oct 2010 11:29 a.m. PST

Thanks. The shields on many of the figures has crud, not flash, lumps of metal. I've not really succeeded in cleaning it all off, and some of them have deformed bosses. Very annoying!

For basing I use materials from a hobby shop: acrylic paints which are cheaper than ones used for figures (I don't remember all the colours, I mix them up to get the brown I want), and then two additives, 'sand mortar', which is a form of grit, and 'soft gel', which adds body to the paint. I think I need more of the gel, or a firmer one, as the edges of the bases still show after it dries, but they are smoothed out more than if it was just paint.

After the paint dries I wash with a Klear wash mixed with 'Burnt Umber' from the hobby shop range. I then glue on rocks (kitty litter) and shrubs with PVA. I put on patches of static grass (a mixture of Woodland Scenics and Gale Force 9 colours) and depending on how much trouble I want to go to a clump of reeds (Woodland Scenics). The rocks give good support for the reeds.

I'm pleased with the results and find it a lot less fiddly than the old sawdust style flock I used. The gel makes the paint go on very easily (when I used mostly sand mortar it was more fiddly).

Mark Davies06 Oct 2010 12:46 p.m. PST

The Pebeo colours are Yellow Earth, Raw Sienna and Raw Umber. The mix is approximately equal parts of each; it was a matter of trial and error, as on their own they're not right, but in combination they seem to work. Using these paints for bases is cheaper than buying regular modelling paints.

Mark Davies07 Oct 2010 12:45 a.m. PST

The last seven elements are now painted and based; they just need flocking.

Mark Davies08 Oct 2010 11:47 a.m. PST

The army is now complete. I've done the seven remaining elements of legionaries. Pictures can be seen here:


The army page has also been updated:


Personal logo oldbob Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2010 12:12 p.m. PST

I definitely like what you did with bases, please say more about this gel stuff you use?

Mark Davies08 Oct 2010 1:08 p.m. PST

I've got two of them (before I realized they were the same thing). One is from the Pebeo Studio Acrylics range (which the sand mortar and paint are from). It's called Matt Gel. The other is by Golden from their Gel Mediums range. It's Soft Gel (Matte). There's a huge range of effects, and the art store I got these from had patches illustrating the effects. I'm sure these are what various basing systems use, but much cheaper.

Mark Davies01 Feb 2014 9:40 p.m. PST

I've finished the camp for this army; the commander is checking whether the sacred geese (should be chickens) are eating auspiciously:

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