The picture below is of the third contubernium plus a cornicen to sound out their orders. This unit is different in that it is the first lot of legionaries armed with a pilum. This photo allows a better view of how I have painted their tunics; I decided to paint the legionaries' tunics with a neutral raw woollen colour as opposed to the standard "Hollywood" red. I can't imagine the Roman army paying out extra to dye the tunics, especially as red always fades to pink when weathered - not a colour to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. I have however made a concession and painted the officers'/command group's tunics red - they could afford to spend more on their kit. The decanus of each contubernium has the same colour tunic as the other legionaries, but with the addition of a red stripe (and his shield has a bronze rim as opposed to the steel rim) to make him stand out .
To keep this site up-to-date with all the finished Roman minis, here are the completed ones in all their glory.
Next up I have decided to go back to work on my fantasy figures. I have a "nice" monster to paint that will strike the fear of the gods into any who face him/it. It is an old Citadel mini from the same period as the townsfolk I have shown previously.