Saturday, May 5, 2012

Late Romans for Saga

Black Tree Design have obviously annoyed a lot of people in the past with very poor customer service, judging by some vitriolic threads on the likes of TMP. However, I took the risk of ordering some of their lovely late Roman figures recently during a 25% off sale, and I'm pleased to say that they all arrived safely and in a reasonable time, although bizarrely some came from the US and some from the UK.
These figures are painted up to playtest the late Roman modification for Saga I've been working on. In Saga terms, the heavy infantry are three points of what I call palatini (hearthguards in Saga), and the 8 bow-armed warriors are called comitatenses. The shield design for the palatini show they belong to the Bracchiati Seniores. The figures painted up really well, and I particularly like the detail and character in the faces. Highly recommended, so long as Black Tree stay on top of their customer service and delivery.

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  1. I must be one of the lucky ones as I have never had an issue with blacktree. Great looking figures.

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  2. Very nice! Love the archers!

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  3. Really like the figures and the painting, your Dux-ness! The tunic patterns are free hand I take it?

    I've been reading about this period recently and am hankering to do some painting in 1/72nd of milites and foederati and Goths and/or Parthians

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    1. Good to hear, Monsieur! Yes, the tunic embroidery is freehand - easier than it looks, as it turned out. The problem I had with doing the period in 1/72 was the inconsistency of the figures that are available. You might have problems mixing figures from different sets.

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  4. Superb stuff, I'm hoping to give your Late Roman battleboard a run out soon...

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    1. Thanks Danmer! After a bit of playtesting there are some changes to the boards - I'll fix them up soon.

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  5. Very interesting indeed! I love the whole 5th Century period, both in terms of Late Roman Gaul and Arthurian Britain, so your battle boards are very much the sort of thing I'd want to try out. Nice warbands too! Black Tree figs are rather nice...
    I'd be interested in putting together a battleboard for Alemmani/Franks/Visigoths too, although I'm not sure where I'd start - probably with the original Viking battleboard and work from there...

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    1. Thanks Andy. Yes - Alemanni et al are next, and I've also thought of starting with the Vikings. I'm going to read Ammianus' account of the Battle of Strasbourg again to get some ideas.

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