Friends, Romans, Countrymen…


28mm miniatures by Aventine. Shield transfers are LBMS. 

Well, now I’ve gone and done it. An entirely new period, and my first foray into 28mm mass battles.


These enormous Impetus bases are pretty cool. After seeing the prices for Impetus base from Litko, I did some frantic searching for an inexpensive alternative. I used 3mm PVC foam board, which is the material they make signs out of. IT’S FANTASTIC STUFF. Closed cell foam, dimensionally stable, relatively easy to cut, can be chamfered, sanded, and responds well to superglue and (slightly less well) to PVA. And paint sticks to it. I should be able to base and entire Impetus army for about $8 worth of material.

I’m planning on doing a couple of Impetus armies – Republican Romans vs. the forces of Pyrrhus of Epirus, and here are the first of them.


These guys are Principes, who were back-up for the front line Hastati, and who were themselves backed up by the third line of Triarri (which I probably just misspelled). It’s early days, but I’m learning!

Oh, and I might have accidentally bought a 15mm starter army for DBA. In a slightly different period – Marian Romans. More on that later…


Aventine figures have a nice level of clean detail that’s very easy to paint. And the castings are clean as a whistle. They carry LBMS transfers and wire spears in their shop, which is very convenient. My figures shipped out the next day, and arrived from Ireland in about 10 days. Better service than I’ve gotten from a number of US companies!


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  • Wargamerabbit aka Michael  On 11/07/2017 at 11:27 pm

    Great basing and the 28mm miniatures truly show off their artwork… and hopefully their martial skill on your tabletop.

    Michael aka WR

  • Ron  On 11/08/2017 at 10:57 am

    Looks great !

  • John Emmett  On 11/08/2017 at 12:54 pm

    Nice brush work.

  • tinpotrevolutionary  On 11/08/2017 at 3:47 pm

    They look rather spiffing! <Nice to see you're still hobbying away!

  • Flodin  On 11/13/2017 at 4:40 am

    Looks great!

  • Ann  On 11/13/2017 at 12:22 pm

    Very nice, particularly liked the shields.

  • Frank  On 11/13/2017 at 9:33 pm

    Really, really cool. Still pondering the DBA discussion.

    • arkiegamer  On 11/14/2017 at 8:28 am

      Thanks, Frank. My shipment of Marian Romans from Baueda finally arrived. The minis look great, though I haven’t started painting yet.

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  • daggerandbrush  On 06/01/2018 at 3:21 am

    It seems this post eluded me. I really like those sweeping Impetus bases and the naturalistic terrain you created. The miniatures turned out well, too, with he decals further enhancing them. Your colour choices are very sensible for the period and I see you got inspired by Polybios with the feathers. The metals came out well and the combination of off white and red delivers contrast and is pleasing to the eye.

    I, too, am glad to see irregular updates on your blog as a long time follower. I wasn’t able to post much either, but I hope to change that soon.

    • arkiegamer  On 06/01/2018 at 6:15 am

      Thank you very much! I really love the Impetus bases, too, I just need to paint up and put together more than one of them :)

  • franciscojosepalacios  On 03/27/2019 at 1:03 am

    I liked. Good paint job

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