Early Imperial Romans...

 

...Painting Wargaming Figures, from Pen & Sword

 

Title: Painting Wargaming Figures, Early Imperial Romans

Author: Andy Singleton

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: 978-1-52671-635-4

 

A new one in their series on Painting Wargaming Figures, prepared by experienced modeller Andy Singleton. As the title suggests, this is very much designed for the wargamer who wants to be able to paint a large number of figures for their gaming units, rather than just a single, super-detailed model figure.
The majority of the figures featured in the book are either 25 or 28mm scales, and could be plastic, resin or metal. Broken down into themed chapters, each element is presented in a good clear step-by-step guide, accompanied by photos to illustrate the various steps. As with many modelling guides, it does start with a chapter on the various tools and some basic painting tips. It moves on to Imperial Roman Weapons and Armour, which begins with a very nice history of what these entailed, before explaining how to paint the various types on your models. Next is the subject of shields, and again started with some useful historical background before we get to making them in model form, and using different styles of available transfers. For chapter 5 it gets to Tunics, Helmets, Crests and Cloaks. So cloth, more metals and leathers all feature in this one. For chapter 6, one of the topics that I always find interesting, tackling different Flesh Tones. On to chapter 7 where the topic is Roman Cavalry, and as well as the figures, it also tackles painting different colour horses and how to get the best from your models, along with their leather tack. 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.

Thanks to Pen and Sword for this review copy.

Robin