|First squad reporting for duty (or just a photo op).|
I completed the first ten man squad for the Pohlesian project. All said and done it took about two weeks to accomplish which isn't too bad for me as I'm not a prolific "army painter". Determining the colour scheme on the character model that proceeded them certainly expedited the process where typically my efforts at painting multiple figures for the first time usually ends with much cursing and a motley of variations.
|The old specialist and the sarge|
I'm really happy with the results. The Perry models are very simple sculpts but I mean that in the most complimentary manner. The Mordian/Praetorian range to me are a study in economy of excellence. The choice details are striking with a bold palette but take colours so well they are a joy to paint. I really enjoy painting intricately detailed single models but confronted with a legion of them I'd rather sell them into slavery and make them someone else's problem (May the Vostroyans serve you well Sean:) ).
|I considered squad markings on the hackle but it would have become complicated and disrupted uniformity.|
The great downfall of the Praetorians for me were the lack of variety among the heads. As much as I like painting the uniforms the everyman heads were a bore to paint. Straight-face, Screamy, and Mr. Beard never felt like enough. The beard fellow was my favourite because it's choice of colour added a fair bit of mileage suggesting anything from stock trooper to grizzled old timer. Swapping to the newer Perry plastics opened a door on variety and it didn't feel like sacrilege as much a homage to a classic figure. Hopefully hardline Praetorian commanders will forgive the mass decapitations and appreciate neglected models are receiving a new lease on life. Everyone should understand the worth of a fully painted toy soldier ready for war is intrinsically greater than a beaten up "classic" lounging in storage.
|I prefer being able to plug the men in anywhere and avoid the listbuilding/recordkeeping.|
|The first trooper and two below are the same figure.|