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Midlander6502 Jul 2021 9:38 a.m. PST

I have painted two more sub-generals for my 15mm Late Roman army which means I now have enough figures completed for a 10,000pt army under Mortem et Gloriam rules.

As with my previous commanders for this army, the quality of the general is shown by the shield colour, using the standard MeG colour codes and the shields are attached by magnets so they can be swapped over as required.

The figures are old Minifigs, Asgard and (the commander waving a mace about) Gladiator, with quite a lot of conversions and additions. I've no idea who made the grey horse, it was one I found in a box of odds and ends that seemed suitable after a bit of carving about of the harness. The vexilla are made from brass rod soldered into a cross then a small round disk cut from plastic sprue glued on and aluminium foil for the actual vexilla. I hand painted the designs based on pictures in the Osprey book 'Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (2)'.

As I have written before, I originally started this army when I was at school back in the 1980s but only painted a few figures before moving on to other things, leaving it unfinished in a box until late 2018. I was originally inspired to want a Late Roman army by pictures and comments by Phil Barker in the PSL Guide to Wargaming, published in 1980 and long out of print. One of the pictures was of the right wing of an army using 25mm Minifigs models so I thought it would be fun to recreate now I have my army painted.

Here is the original:

And my 15mm version:

Although I have a few more figures to paint to provide more options for this army, they will have to wait a while as I have a WW2 project that needs some attention first.

As ever, I have some more photos and detail on my blog.

smallitalianwars.blogspot.com

Amphibmods02 Jul 2021 11:18 a.m. PST

Lovely work

I was also inspired by the same pictures of Phil Barkers Late Roman army, but have never got around to painting my 25mm figures

I am sure that there are more pictures of the same army in the Airfix guide to Ancient Wargaimg, also by Phil Barker

Midlander6502 Jul 2021 11:28 a.m. PST

Good point – there are a few more in the Airfix guide. I've scanned the others in the PSL book and put them on my blog but not those on the Airfix guide. Hopefully after 40 years the original publishers won't be too upset with me.

Yesthatphil02 Jul 2021 10:04 p.m. PST

Nice project and the army looks great thumbs up!

Phil

Perris070702 Jul 2021 10:19 p.m. PST

Very nice work! I really like the old figures in your command group.

Huscarle02 Jul 2021 11:56 p.m. PST

Wonderful stuff, they look very colourful & gorgeous thumbs up

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2021 5:16 a.m. PST

Just amazing. I thought they were 28s.

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