The next issue to be solved was that of the Roman shield design. As said above AR1 is a great figure, but when I ordered the Veni, Vidi, Vici shield transfers they did not fit, the slightly raised rim of the shield being a little wide. I had in the meantime ordered up 20 of code AR34 'Legionary attacking' and these arrived bearing slightly larger shields with thinner rim and a more accurate curvature typical of the period. They also come with nice separate cast pilum (I was expecting wire 'spears') so all good there. Had I been familiar with the range from the start I would no doubt have gone with code AR34 for my basic Legionary figures, but having painted 8 of AR1 I wanted to be able to use them too. Solution was ( after much head scratching) to order the shield transfers designed for the 20mm HaT Romans, repaint the shield rims red and Bingo! looks good enough to me at least. I will now crack on with both codes to produce two 5 base Legion units each of 20 figures ....... somewhere down the line I think 'Double DBA' (yes, it does exist) beckons.
|AR1 with shield transfers applied, not a perfect fit but good enough and greatly improves overall look.|
|Rear view showing the nice bright basing style.|
|Asiatic archers - reminds me of the old Aifix set!|
|AR2 ;Light infantry' sadly too small to use so will be replaced.|
|The figure that will replace them AR31, you can clearly see the difference in size here.|
|AR34 at right, a good match for AR1 and better shields.|
All in all I'm now happy with things and have a good stock of castings laid in from the Hinchliffe Summer Sale, with figures reduced to 75p each from 90p, about 80 castings per side, two chariots and a fine Roman catapult. Time to crack on!
|A mix of Ancient Briton codes, may add a touch of Woad to finish them off.|
|Slight shield conversion to produce rounded oval shields.|
|The Hinchliffe Ancient lead pile.|
Finally: I received an email sent via 'Wellington Man' from 'Rob G' who is currently working on his own Romans v Britons project. Many thanks for the comments Rob and for the wonderful picture of your conversion work, I hope that you will not mind me sharing it here by way of inspiration? I love the rounded shields and the animation and shield designs are fantastic.
|Robs Ancient Brits!|