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I was thinking about creating a army based on an "ancient Rome"-theme, but I'm not really sure what would be the best models to use for this purpose.
I have got an idea about using brettonian men-at-arms as a base due to their large shields and round helmets that could be converted into roman helmets. However I'm not sure that this might be the best way to do it so I would appreciate any helpful advice I can get.
well i am assuming that you are doing WF. So this isnt my area of knowlege. However for converting, i would make the shields out of film containers. (you know the black ones?) I plan to use this conversion for the shields of my adeptis aribites. but if you put a bit of green stuff in middle for some detail, you be able to get the look you want. Dont forget that the romans first rank of men held there shields infront while the behind ranks could, shoot, stab, or hold up there own shields to stop arrows or other projectiles.
i recomend getting a few britionian trebuchet's as well.
a few years back (i dont know about now) there was a unit in the dogs of war lists (mailorder only) that were based off the roman/greek legions.
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Thanks for the reply and the idea about film containers, which I think could work really well and yes it's for warhammer fantasy.
However my main problem is the heads since I don't think there are any helmets in warhammer that's close to the helmets the Romans were using except for some brettonian heads. The bodies are simpler, since they could be almost any kind of normal looking light armour.
Bretonnian Men-At-Arms bodies look nothing like Roman Legionnaires, and neither does anything else made by Games Workshop. I'm sure there are tons of Roman figures in 28mm scale however, made for historical games. You could use these for the bulk of your army (on GW bases) and just say it's a force from Tilea or Estalia or wherever if you're not planning on bringing them to a GW tournament.
If you're looking to use GW figures, Alcatani Pikemen look vaguely Roman, and many other Dogs of War units look very Italian, if not ancient Roman. There used to be a classical-looking Dogs of War general, but he's no longer available. Maybe he'll pop up on eBay or something.
For the cavalry might I suggest looking into the Eldar Dire Avengers. They are a 40k mini but the helmets are very nice for the plumes.
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Malevon: I'm not really aiming to create a perfect recreation of Roman legionaries, but rather get a Roman "feeling" about them, something that I think that the light armour of the men-at-arms would make a good base for. With proper helmets and most of the body hidden behind a large shield I think it'll be good enough for my purposes. The Alcanti pikemen would make a great addition to the army as Greek mercenaries.
In games I'll either use them as High Elves since, as the Romans, they are disciplined warriors or, more probably, as Empire troops which would be a better choice I believe.
Morden: Thanks for the link. I must say that they look really good, the only drawback is that it would be rather expensive to create an army the way he has done with his only getting two legionaries from three spruces ^^.
Dekendo: I think that they could be really useful too and I have some at home which is quite handy.
Thanks a lot that link was more or less like a gift from above. Using these would be a lot cheaper than my other alternatives. So thanks a lot once more jondalar.