The Wargames Factory Romans were designed for a set of rules that uses 16-man units. The box comes with 48 figures, giving you 2 distinct units. Each unit is made up of 12 identical infantry and 4 Command figures. You can of course mix things up if you so choose. I chose instead to use two boxes to make 3 24-man units.
Each figure has a body, 2 arms, a head, and a shield. There are 3 different bodies, 4 different weapon arms, 2 different heads, and only one style of shield arm and shield. Since the shield arms are all the same, and made for the same pose, they could have come attached to the figure, it would have made it all easier!
The three bodies are: Standing, standing with legs a bit farther apart, and standing a bit hunched over.
The first unit is made from the standing figure. I used the ‘sword held upright’ arm, and removed the sword, drilling it for a wire pilum. The Officer and Standard Bearer are in this same pose, so I used them in this unit.
The second unit is made from the crouching guy. I used the ‘throwing pilum’ arm: I cut off the shoulder and glued it to hold an upright wire pilum. I then rebuilt the shoulder with putty. The musician is in the same pose as this figure, so I used him as the Standard Bearer in this unit.
I painted them in appropriate colours and used a brown Magic Wash over the whole. I am happy with the results.
When the set came out, it was criticized for having soft detail, but they paint up well, and the shields are amazing. Built the way these have been, they rank up well, even on the 15mm wide bases I use.
The third unit isn’t done yet! To make it up to you, here’s a shot of a Peltast unit made from their Numidians box set. Enjoy!
These figures are available through Wargames Factory.