I mentioned last week that I'd worked out that, with a bit of judicious juggling and outsourced painting, I could knock a legion of 240 recruits together. My rationale is that the cohorts have been recently raised in a time of crisis. The armouries have run out of mail, and are issuing shields in whatever colour and condition they have available, and many of the soldiers are in unmilitary whites and other colours. I rather suspect that a lot of Civil War legions may have looked like this, especially when Pompey "stamped his foot".
I'm making good progress. Below are the first 5 cohorts, less c 24 figures that are painted (by Nick) and almost ready to add into the gaps on the bases. I'm freely mixing armoured and unarmoured Foundry minis, with a whole spread of helmet types, and even some Aventines.
Below are the first batch of 48 minis that Nick painted, together with some shields that I've painted them to match shields on some of the recruits I finished last year.
My plan is to polish off these 5 cohorts over the next 2 weeks, and then complete the second batch of 5 cohorts in a similar manner.