Thursday, 10 February 2011

Praetorian Prototype

Whilst my final 2 EIR cohorts grind grimly onwards towards completion, I've started to think about the next unit I'll paint, a cohort (maybe two) of Praetorian guards.

Most of the unit will be the Foundry Saleh Praetorian in the above pose, with a few other minis mixed in for variety; some surprises, I hope.  I've decided to paint coloured bands on the pila, as one sees bands on carvings of praetorians (I hope this is a wargaming first), and give him a white horsehair plume.  I'm a big fan of the LBMS shield design.

Here's the back; nothing controversial there.  I will go for red, as I think it is a suitably military colour.  I can see Praetorians wearing brilliant white for parades in Rome, but not out in the field.

If anyone has 8-12 of the above figures spare, I'd love to buy them or swap for them, as I'd really like to be able to paint 2 cohorts.

14 comments:

Paul´s Bods said...

Gorgeous mate...he looks bloody great.
Cheers
paul

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Very nice and interesting pila design. When I painted up my Praetorian's I went with an all red and white plume.Need to post those someday and your post reminds me of that.

Cheers
Christopher

BigRedBat said...

Thanks chaps.

Christopher, post 'em, I say! Might be some ideas I can nick. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Fancy looking dude Simon, but can he fight?

BigRedBat said...

I reckon, yes! Mind you, they were inclined to change sides when the odds were stacked too heavily against them.

Anonymous said...

That's good enough for me and bending with the wind was jolly useful back then

saxon dog said...

Looking Great! Always admire your productivity!

EinarOlafson said...

Very nice!! The pile colours are a very good idea.

Doc Phobos said...

Allow me to add my voice to the praises!! These will look beautiful as a unit. At first the pila colours made me do a double take but they work very very well.

BigRedBat said...

Thanks chaps. I think I'll do all the pila different "Ere give me that one back, it's mine!".

Tomorrow I base the legionaries...

BigRedBat said...

Thanks chaps. I think I'll do all the pila different "Ere give me that one back, it's mine!".

Tomorrow I base the legionaries...

irishserb said...

Wow, oustanding job!!

Vojvoda said...

Very nice colours on the figure. I am really impressed with the second photo. Looks very natural.
VR
James Mattes

BigRedBat said...

Thanks James, I think they will be great units, eventually (lots ahead of them in the queue)