One of its weaknesses was the lack of archers, since we only had one pose of archer in the Airfix set.
Years later, Hät released a set of Auxiliaries troops for Imperial Romans, and I bought it because I was first interested in getting more poses for my Germanic warband. I was a bit disappointed with the archers that were too different from the Airfix - I thought it would be in contradiction with the uniformity I imagined for the most powerful army of antiquity.
Some more years passed, a few books about the Roman Empire had been read, I began to realize that uniformity, as we can imagine it today, was not a practice in antiquity - soldiers of the same corps were similar but only to a certain extent. And last week, as I was painting Germans, I suddenly remembered that I never used the Hät archers, and that they would probably look great together with the Airfix ones. I only had to find a good (and if possible, original and accurate) color scheme to paint them. Don't ask why, an off white tunic immediately seemed to be a good idea.
This is my unit of auxiliary archers for DBA, two 4xBw elements.
I guess you easily recognize the Airfix minis in the following pictures (the second from the left). They look good together with the Hät, don't you think ?
And last, this is a picture comparing two newly Airfix painted archers with the equivalent in the old standard. I would say it was worth repainting them.
Hope you're not fed up with the off white tunics :)
The off white tunics look great, the minis do work very well together.RépondreSupprimer
Thank you. I find that off white much more interesting than titan white. But I think this auxiliary unit may be still too uniformed.Supprimer
I never tire of the way in which you paint off-white tunics. Figures look superb!RépondreSupprimer
Thank you Jonathan, you're so patient ;)Supprimer
Brilliant Figures. Well Painted. BBRépondreSupprimer
Thank you BB, always nice to read you.Supprimer
Fantastic painting as ever Phil!RépondreSupprimer
Hi Tony. From an expert in ancient armies, I feel honoured.Supprimer
Nice group, old Airfix guy is still quite valuable and the new painting is very good. Funny that last examples with plain green robes is the same way my old airfix auxiliareis look too..RépondreSupprimer
Thank you! Most minis, even the oldest ones, are worth a try, but these Airfix... I like them a lot!Supprimer
Ça me donne vraiment envie de me remettre à cette période...Magnifique!RépondreSupprimer
Quand tu veux! Etant donnée la qualité de tes créations, nous ne pourrons qu'être conquis.Supprimer
Love this historically accurate painting with white/light grey instead of bright red. Good job Phil!RépondreSupprimer
Thank you X_BriX. I would not certify that this color scheme is accurate, but it looks credible I think.Supprimer
As far as I'm concerned white was most popular (each solider had to supply himself in clothes). According to some archeological data red was used too, but would be really dark, almost brown as bright red dye was extremely expensive. I read somewhere that only soldiers that would get uniforms were Rome's navy(marines) they would be supplied with dark blue. I'm not sure tho.Supprimer
I've also read that undyed linen was probably the most common, as was the red (not bright red). I would not believe that the navy wore dark blue, which probably was very rare if not impossible before the use of indigo.Supprimer
You might be right as I've read only one article about the navy.Supprimer
Again, I'm not historian, I only paint miniatures :D
The same for me, I don't pretend anything about accuracy, I'm just trying to do my best :)RépondreSupprimer
They look great Phil,RépondreSupprimer
And yes, the Airfix figures work in very nicely with the HaT ones.
Thank you Nick!Supprimer