I'm not quite sure what it is with me and deadlines. Maybe I just like the sound as they go whooshing by. At least they seem to get me motivated to do something other than rot my brain out in front of the boob tube with the new season of tv. (Honestly, has there EVER been a better time to be a fan of geeky tv than now? Netflix is kicking butt with Marvel, but even that isn't enough and they come up with Stranger Things (and yes, if you grew up a geek during the eighties you need to watch it. NOW. I'll wait.) The CW has DC superheroes on four nights a week. The marvel movies are ruling the box office. Even SyFy has actually gotten back to showing science fiction (*shock*) instead of wrestling! And BBC America now is doing a new series based on Douglas Adams Dirk Gently books. I don't know what I would do without my DVR!)
A benefit to running escalation leagues is it obligates me to build at least one army to participate in them. The historical league we are currently running (ok, it got pushed back a month due to when the Kings of War: Historical book arrived and people could get their armies in) is no exception, and I figured I'd do a couple of historical armies that I could run demos with.
I already talked about the Celt army (i.e. Barbarians) that I decided to do (ok, I farmed it out to my son to build and paint (he didn't really have an interest in making a historical army for himself (the only person I've talked to that didn't) so he can play in the league and help me out a bit at the same time). They of course need someone to fight - so bring on the Romans.
When I decided to make these armies, I wanted them to be compatible - so I decided that I would get both from the same manufacturer. Warlord games ended up being a natural fit as their "Hail Ceasar" game and line of miniatures actually has Romans vs. Celts in the starter box.
I figured, just as I like to show pictures of the actual models from Mantic, I'll do the same with the romans I'll be making.
High quality hard plastic sprues, again manufactured by Renedra. The only drawback I have are there are not enough pilums or gladius to equip the entire unit the same - and I see these as a tight, identical unit, as opposed to the barbarian infantry, that is much more of an untrained rabble.
|Legionaries Command front|
|Legionaries Command back|
Warlord just came out with a resin Testudo unit, so I had to have one for my second regiment of Legionaries.
The resin, like most resin kits, is a bit brittle. I have had several legs break off the bottom piece just trying to determine how it fits to the middle. I also wasn't sure what the size would be - however it easily fits in the space of a regiment. (Counting the heads/legs/shields - the unit is actually 6x6 - or 36 soldiers. I didn't want to take hordes for a demo army, but it does amuse me to play this as a horde - they would be spread out 9 wide by 4 deep - then form up to be half the size. So mainly an empty base, but containing 90% of the specified models.
|Testudo - front|
I have converted the unit leader here to be my eagle bearer - a living legend army standard that also has rallying(2).
|Testudo - back|
The Praetorian Guard use the same bodies as the Legionaries, but have different helmets and shields. The box from Warlord is supposed to come with Marcus Arelius on horseback - but the amazon seller that my wife got it from had opened the box and this metal model was missing. (She has attempted to contact both the seller and amazon, but has not had any luck at this point).
|Praetorian Guard Troop Front|
|Praetorian Guard Troop Back|
|Praetorian Guard Command Front|
|Praetorian Guard Command Back|
|Praetorian Guard shield transfers|
I'll be honest here - looking at this sprue I'm not quite sure how it all goes together. I'll get it figured out before I need to field them however.
|Musician and leader|
|hand drilled to hold the spear|
Of course that is if I can tear my fat lazy butt away from the recliner and the next episode of the Flash.
Because it is all fun and games . . .