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Painting Wargaming Figures – Rome's Northern Enemies (ePub)

British, Celts, Germans and Dacians

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

By Andy Singleton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 17.5 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 180 colour
ISBN: 9781526765574
Published: 7th May 2020


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Throughout their history, the Romans were troubled by formidable warlike tribes along their northern borders. The Celts of Gaul and Northern Italy, who sacked Rome itself, the British who repulsed Julius Caesar and resisted later occupation, the Germanic tribes along the Rhine and the fearsome falx-wielding Dacians on the Danube, all proved worthy foes of the legions. If you are raising your own army to defy the might of Rome, Andy Singleton will help you get them ready for battle with ease.

The emphasis is on achievable results and practical advice to get your army painted and ready for gaming in a reasonable time frame, and achieve a fine collection that will look great on the shelf or table. Most of the figures featured in the numerous illustrations are 28mm but the techniques described are easily adaptable to smaller scales and to plastic or metal. Step-by-step guidance takes the process from initial preparation and assembly of the figure, to finishing and basing. Themed chapters cover armour, clothing, skin tones, warpaint and tattoos, shields and horses.

"...[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

A useful and practical guide for novice painters of miniature armies.

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Miniaturas JM

The author is a professional painter of wargaming figures and provides excellent advice from considerable knowledge of the subject. Wargaming with physical figures continues to be an expanding activity in spite of the increasing realism and accessibly of digital wargaming and increasing speed of the computers on which the games run. – Very Highly Recommended

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Review by Jason Hubbard

I now have every book Andy has written and have enjoyed every single one of them. In each I’ve found some techniques that I either wasn’t sure about or a quicker way of implementing. I would highly recommend this book along with his other books not just for beginners but veteran hobbyists alike.

It’s definitely a book most hobbyists that are interested in gaming the ancient world should pick up, there’s plenty of information that would be useful for most gamers out there. This is one of those books that would be a perfect present for any wargamer who plays or is about to start playing Ancients.

Irregular magazine, issue 14 Volume 2/Winter 2020

Highly recommended to wargamers.

AMPS Indianapolis

All in all this offering from Pen & Sword is worth every penny and will I am sure advance you further in your painting model figures for wargaming an excellent book.

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Singleton writes in a light, friendly style that makes you feel accompanied rather than lectured to as you work your way through his lessons. The excellent photographs of painted figures are aspirational for most of us, but the great thing about a book is that it is always there in front of you for inspiration with the bonus that you can escape the PC for a while at least... this is a first-rate book on painting figures and complements Singleton’s previous book on painting Imperial Roman soldiers. I recommend you get both. 9/10.

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Beating Tsundoku

A well explained series of topics, with detail of the materials and colours used for each element and all clearly explained. The author is a professional figure painter and his experience shows through very well. As a fan of the Victrix range of 28mm plastic figures, a number of which are featured in the book, this is a really useful addition to the series. Plenty to learn from this one I think.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

The book is another little pearl from Andy Singleton who this time chooses to treat all the Nordic peoples who were enemies of Rome. Each small section containing the tips for painting contains data that can be easily followed and which give the type of brush and the color used (Vallejo). The model maker and the enthusiast is guided step by step by Singleton's expertise which produces another great book very useful for those who want to create fantastic and realistic wargames and excellent small size dioramas!

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On The Old Barbed Wire

This is a great book for anyone that is starting ancients period wargaming and needs help to get going with painting figures. This is the bit I struggle with big time, but this book is giving me the confidence to give it another go.

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Medieval Sword School

It is a real pleasure to review one of Andy Singleton’s books and this one does not disappoint. Again, he explains patiently (for those of us of inferior talent) the best approach to technical preparation and painting of our barbarians. The chapters on basing and horse painting are invaluable for any historical time period. Highly recommended.

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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’.

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