This article describes Late Roman Armored Infantry figures from the Victrix Dark Ages historical line. The 28mm figures are suitable for use as displays, painting hobbies, and table top wargaming. I intend to use them with the big skirmish game from Osprey Publishing Lion Rampant.
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The photo shows 12 Byzantines (in 2 rows) on the left, 12 Arthurians in the center, and 12 Goths on the right.
The other two gents on the ends have the optional axes for their weapons.
As with the last few sets of miniatures, I based coated these with black primer, then white primer from above, and a bit of white dry-brushing. This performs a fast highlighting and shading for the next step.
Then I block in the main color areas of the figure with Armypainter Speedpaint. Because the Speedpaint is semi-transparent (like an ink), the highlights and shades poke through the paint. Then I fill in details with regular Armypainter Warpaints.
Like my other infantry miniatures of late, I base the figure on a ferrous metallic washer. This allows the miniatures to be used individually for skirmish game rules, or on a magnetic sheet tray for larger formed-unit rules.
Twenty and twenty-five millimeters are pretty common round base sizes. These Vicrix minis are rather large with wide plastic bases, so I opted for 22 mm bases which is about the size of a USA nickle. I cut off any projecting parts of the plastic base and I use lightweight spackle to hide the plastic base.
After drying I apply some talus or small peebles, some static grass (from Woodland Scenics or Armypainter), and any other base details. A few sprigs of "tufts" give the odd tall grasses under foot.
The shields are made with designs from Little Big Men Studios. By far these are the best shield and banner designs for 28mm figures.
For most of these figures I gave the swordsmen the smaller round metal shields and the spearmen the larger oval shields. The oval shields were made with hardened leather stretched over a wooden frame. This view shows the incredible detail of the Victrix minis. You can see the leather and the nails on the reverse side of the shields.
I tried to make the Goth figures look less Roman, although by 400 to 600 AD, they certainly had many encounters with the Wester Romans and all the war technology the Romans had to offer
The "Late Roman" Arthurians would likely have been less Roman Romano Brits after the Roman Empire left Britainnia. The Goths arrived with their own culture and opposed the Roman Empire, but they eventually merged and became "Late Roman"
The Eastern Roman Byzantine empire had the first Christian emperor, Constantine in the early fourth century AD. It is where the Istanbul, formerly named Constantinople, got its historical name.
As such these figures have the most religious motifs on their shields such as religious saints and icons, Greek letters Chi (Χχ) and Rho (Ρρ), and the Greek letters Alpha (Αα) and Omega (Ωω). Chi and Rho are the shorthand abbreviation for "Christo" and Alpha and Omega refer to the verse by Jesus symbolizing that he is the beginning and the end.
Hats off to Victrix with some of the most detailed and varied 28mm minis I have put my hands on. Definitely they are artists and manufacturers at the top of their game.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the details of these figures and the photographs. These figures were enjoyable to build, and I will certainly be expanding my Dark Ages and early Middle Ages figure collection. Thanks for reading about my latest miniature figures.