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Allen Dewire18/10/2017 21:28:32
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Hi Peter,

I am in on this one too. I am a little perplexed on the Roman Subject and the difference between the 1st and 2nd century figures. I understand the shields being different. I don't know what a Pilum is and that the armor was about the same throughout. So far, so good, but...

It appears to me that another difference was in the car wash brushes on their helmets. Some appear larger than others and some are attached at the front and the back of the helmet. We're some Romans relegated to washing the chariots with the smaller head brushes? and what about those with the larger brushes?

It's also nice that you don't have a problem with your V's and G's with this kit. The build should go smooth and your painting skills will once again shine!!! Curious to see how you paint the armor too.



Peter Day 118/10/2017 21:52:21
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John - MINIART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim - I could easily mess it up.

Allen - It's a minefield. The Lorica Segmenta armour depicted here appeared at the end of the 1st century, and the curved oblong shields in the 2nd. For most of the 1st and previous century legionaries wore chain mail, which I would have preferred Miniart to depict. A pilum is a weighted javelin as sported by the man in my first version. Those with larger helmet brushes cleaned chimneys.


Peter Day 119/10/2017 14:38:33
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Afternoon all

All cleaned up, partially assembled and ready for painting:


This went pretty much as expected. The fit wasn't too bad, though there was quite a lot of sanding required to smooth the joins and remove the mould marks. I also had to add the scabbard (v****a) at this stage in order to connect the straps ends. Miniart provide six medallions to decorate the shoulder armour, but as they were poorly done, and mainly consisted of flash anyway, I swapped them for a single pair from the spares box.

The helmet is well done and went together with no problem. I decided to use a spare head instead of the kit one, in this case by Dog Tag, which I'd lobotomized in it's previous life. The kit head isn't too bad (a dead ringer for Sid James), but it does look a little to rough and weather beaten.


Sjors Greut19/10/2017 17:21:17
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Another fine figure in the making.
Nice job on the cleanup!


Peter Day 120/10/2017 13:15:09
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Sorry Sjors, didn't see you there. Working on the head today - OK so far......


John Race20/10/2017 14:08:37
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Yes agree with Sjors Peter, its looking finethumbs up


Peter Day 120/10/2017 15:37:02
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Many thanks John.

The head's done:


The face painting went OK. I do like these Dog Tag character heads (I think this one was done by Calvin Tan) - they have well defined features and a very smooth finish, which always helps.

I painted the helmet by dry-brushing on successively lighter coats of gunmetal (mixed from Matt Black and Silver) over a base coat of Matt Black. The decoration was picked out in Old Gold, then the shadows and lines were re-stated with thinned black. I was pretty disappointed with the finish though - I do find that the finer detail on some of these Miniart figures is not as well defined as it first appears. I gave it a coat of dark mahogany antiquing wax to tone done some of the contrast and it does look slightly better, but ......

Anyway,it will have to do.


Andrew Belsey 220/10/2017 16:28:11
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"It will have to do" - very nicely!!!

Andy B

Scottie20/10/2017 19:50:07
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​Off to your normal great start.


Peter Day 121/10/2017 15:17:52
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Thanks Andy and Scottie.

The next stage complete:


For some strange reason I've decided on a blue and white colour scheme, so the tunic took quite a while to get right (the shield and scabbards will be in blue).. The cuirass was painted using the same method as the helmet, though I also used some graphite powder to even out the tones.

I decided on a darkish, unpolished tone for the armour, as I wanted our man to look as though he was in the field with the Emperor (perhaps in the forests of Germany?). I doubt that the Praetorians would have worn full armour for palace guard duties.


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