Wednesday, December 17, 2008

15mm Roman FoG Army

Readers of this blog will remember that I bought five Old Glory 15mm Field of Glory armies last month. Since they arrived, they're all I've painted. This is the second army I've finished, the Roman army of the Second Punic War. Now I have a matched set of painted armies, and I can fight out Hannibal's battles in Italy.

I painted my Romans to look very uniform. Each unit has a distinct color scheme, and each figure in the unit matches that scheme. The only exception are the Italian allies, who I gave a more motley appearance. Roman skirmishers wear unbleached linen, but the rest of the Romans wear a madder red military tunic. Those Romans who have capes are wearing the mustard brown cloak of the soldier. The generals, of course, get their distinctive red cloaks. I took special care with the shields in this army, trying to capture that Roman look.

Roman Generals
The Field of Glory rules suggest representing generals with cavalry stands, but I rather prefer Old Glory's approach, giving me three foot command and one mounted general per stand. The two stands on the left are my troop commanders, each with a legionary eagle. The stand on the right is my army general.

The Roman starter army has two battlegroups of velites, each of four stands. These can't accomplish much on the battlefield, but they'll look sharp before they die. The velites come equipped with a mix of plain helmet and wolfskin.

Italian Allies
My Italians got several different shades of unbleached linen tunics. I painted the shields in a wide variety of styles and colors; no two are alike.

The Roman cavalry comes in three poses which fit well on the bases. I decided on a plain white shield for these figures, since they already look so striking with their white plumes and mustard brown cloaks.

The hastati wear a bronze pectoral and red tunics. These men also get a plain white shield, but their tunics keep the unit looking interesting.


The principes are very nice figures, and with their eagle shield designs, they have that classic "Roman soldier" look.


The army's elite infantry, the triari get purple plumes and blue shields. Old Glory includes enough wire for spears. Indeed, they include enough to make these spears half as long again. I cut the spears to an 8' scale height.

I've really enjoyed painting these two armies. The Old Glory figures are well designed and detailed enough to reward careful painting.


  1. I really like these - I'm planning to use some of your color choices as inspiration for my 28mm romans.


  2. Incredible work Scott!

    Unbelievable what you've done with those shields - I'm envious!


  3. 15mm ? WOW ...... awesome job. I can only hope that my 15mm airborne troops can look half as good as your romans.

  4. Scott, you work INSANELY quick.

    Can I ask; would you ever be up for a commission of a pair of small 15mm AWI armies?


  5. Great work Scott. I love the 15mm you have painted. Almost keen to go place anorder myself.


  6. Scott,

    I was originally searching the web for austrian 15mm miniatures reviews and found your blog.

    As a result,I spent part of last evening to browse your blog, post by post for the full year. I'm affraid being on my way to become adicted to it.

    It's even more motivating for me to renew with 15mm armies again.

    You do a wonderfull job.



  7. These are fantastic, Scott.

    Do you ever venture west to Enfilade! in Olympia, WA? I'm thinking about doing a lot of FoG for Enfilade! 2009...

  8. I've never been to Enfilade. I always mean to go, but family commitments always end up taking over my Memorial Day weekend.

    Maybe next year?

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  10. hi scott,

    great job :-) right at the moment, i paint my roman cav. one question: you've just painted a tunica and no mail armor?
    i saw a picture with mail armor over white tunica. same miniature (old glory RR6) i'm not sure now, how to paint them. which is correct now?


  11. Leoncuer, it has been a while since I painted these, but as I recall, the cavalry are not sculpted with mail.

  12. thx, scott. it helped me very much.

    greetings from germany


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