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Painting Wargaming Figures – Early Imperial Romans (Paperback)

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces Colour Books Military > Modelling Military > Wargaming Photographic Books

By Andy Singleton, Foreword by Simon Elliott
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 187
ISBN: 9781526716354
Published: 14th November 2019



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Andy Singleton has been modelling and painting most of his life and has been a professional commission figure painter for some years now. Here he shares his experience and tips of the trade with those collecting Early Imperial Romans. The emphasis is on achievable results and practical advice that is applicable to painting units or whole armies for wargaming purposes in a reasonable time frame, not on spectacular individual display pieces. Most of the figures featured in the numerous illustrations are either 28 or 25mm but the techniques described are easily adaptable to smaller sizes and both plastic and metal figures are covered. Andy’s clear, step-by-step guidance takes the reader through the process from the initial preparation and assembly of the figure, to finishing and basing. Themed chapters cover armour, weapons and equipment, clothing, skin tones, shields and horses. All together it contains all the help you need to recreate your own legions of this most iconic army of ancient history.

"This is a very useful reference for modellers in general, but specifically for those modelling the Roman period."

IPMS magazine, Issue 3 2022

"...[what] makes these books terrific is Singleton’s concerted and consistent efforts to generously share ways to achieve practical and doable results in a reasonable amount of time with fellow enthusiasts."

Toy Soldier Collector & Historical Figures

The book is easy to read, the guides are simple to follow and are designed to give a finished result which is both quick to accomplish and pleasing on the eye. This result can be viewed as ‘wargames standard’ if you will – base colour plus one level of shade and highlighting.

If you were after a single source of how to paint your Roman Legion, this book is certainly worthy of your consideration – I was impressed by its accessibility and style of approach, and will certainly make use of it once my shopping list of figures has been finalised.

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Meeples and Miniatures

A useful and practical guide for novel miniature army painters.

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Miniaturas JM

The author has been an enthusiast war gamer for decades and also earned a living painting display quality military figures. This book follows the established series format, with detailed full colour photography through the book in support of the professional descriptive text. – Very Highly Recommended.

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I really enjoyed reading this book and there was plenty of useful tips I gleaned from the painting guides.

It’s definitely a book for those starting out in painting miniatures, or for those wanting to push basic skills. For those who already have quite advanced skills there isn’t much here for them. It’s aimed at those who are building and painting a Roman army, and this book will provide some useful quick steps in getting that army painted along with some useful information about the Roman Legionary soldier.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone considering putting an army of Romans together.

Irregular Magazine, Spring 2020 – reviewed by Jason Hubbard

Useful stuff.

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Caliver Books

There is a wealth of information in there for the novice painter and some nice inspiration for the more experienced as well.

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Iron Mammoth's Studio

Once again Andy Singleton, with an extremely interesting volume, shows us how to make our miniatures realistic, portraying a period that has several producers with an infinite number of miniatures on the market. Another excellent book to improve the skills of model makers and wargamers.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

Andy Singleton has produced a book that I will use often when painting my wee soldiers, though I have little hope I will ever reach his standards – I can try though!

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GoodReads, Robert Neil Smith

The book is then rounded off by considering how you base your completed figures, and again with a good variety of different ground types. To close, there is a handy Appendix which lists the various manufacturers as well as details of all the figures and materials featured in the book.
Another excellent addition to the series, and as someone who has only recently got into building 'Ancient' figures (rather than Napoleonic or WW2) I found this a really handy and informative guide.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

Another excellent guide by Andy Singleton that helps those of us committed to creating cohorts of 28mm Romans. It offers detailed instructions on paint choices and application methods plus many tips on getting my cohort to look right. Time will tell, but if they come up short it will not be down to the advice in this book! A must for any cohort creators.

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About Andy Singleton

Andy Singleton has been modelling and painting since childhood, having built subjects across a broad range of subjects, scales and genres. In 2014, Andy decided to stop having a proper job and picked up his brushes full time to become professional figure painter, with his business Volley Fire Painting Service. In addition to painting legions of figures, he has worked with many manufacturers across the industry and examples of his work can be found in many rule books, magazines and websites. Andy is also a co-host on the podcast ‘A Few Brits and the Hobby’.

About Simon Elliott

Dr Simon Elliott is an award winning and best selling archaeologist, historian and broadcaster with a PhD in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Kent where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. He has an MA in Archaeology from UCL and an MA in War Studies from KCL. Simon is widely published with numerous works in print on various themes relating to the ancient world, with a particular focus on the Roman military, and he makes frequent appearances on TV as a Roman expert. Simon lectures widely to universities, local history societies and archaeological groups, is co-Director of a Roman villa excavation, a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology and an Ambassador for Museum of London Archaeology. He is also a Guide Lecturer for Andante Travels and President of the Society of Ancients.

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