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Painting Wargaming Figures – Early Imperial Romans (Paperback)

Ancient History Wargaming Rome Modelling Photographic Books Colour Books Military

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.

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

Simon Elliott is an archaeologist, historian and leading aerospace journalist, and former editor at both Jane’s Defence Weekly and Flight International. He has just completed his PhD in Archaeology at Kent University and has an MA in Archaeology from UCL and an MA in War Studies from KCL. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Kent University.

His research has been published in History Today, RUSI Journal, Military History Monthly and British Archaeology, and he is the author of Sea Eagles to Empire: The Classis Britannica and the Battles for Britain (shortlisted for the Military History Monthly Book of the Year Award). Simon lectures widely to local history societies and archaeological groups. He is co-Director of the Roman villa excavation at Teston and is a council member of the Council for British Archaeology’s South East region.

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