Sunday, August 18, 2013

Command: A Roman Tribune Directs the Primus Pilus

The first command stand for my Republican Roman is complete. Seen here is one of the legion's military tribunes directing the primus pilus. Six tribunes command the legion, each taking turns for two months at a time to be in the overall command. The tribunes received their orders directly from the consuls. The primus pilus, or senior centurion, was the very first of the legion's thirty elected centurions. With them is a signifer carrying a standard with an image of a laurel wreath. Affixed atop the standard is the a scene containing the Capitoline Wolf and Romulus and Remus.






21 comments:

  1. Great colours and great painting, I really like the look of this command stand

    Ian

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    1. Ian, thanks for the comment. I am happy with the colors as well. Originally, the tribune was going to have either a white or red cloak... at the last minute I switched to the blue to add some more personality to the stand. I'm glad I did :)

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  2. Well done! That's a really amazing paintjob.

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    1. Thank you very much. I put some time into these guys. :)

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  3. Very nice. One of the things I like about HC is making the command stands. It's fun to make the little dioramas.

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    1. Thanks Aaron. I totally agree, I absolutely love making these command bases!

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  4. Very nice! The blue cloak on the tribune and the purple crest are excellent, and the painting on the helmet.

    I think you'd find the better part of sixty centurions in a legion though (possibly a few less if the double centuries of a first cohort had only one each), and the six tribunes usually reported into a legate, who would be in overall control of the legion.

    Cheers, Simon

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    1. Thanks Simon. Good information, I need to go back and check my sources. :)

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    2. Simon, I can see the confusion around the centurions. In my post I was only referring to the thirty that were elected by the legion. As I understand it, these thirty elected centurions then appointed an additional thirty (to bring the number to sixty as you suggest).

      cheers,
      Jonathan

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  5. Excellent paintjob, and beautiful figures.

    Steve

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    1. Thanks Steve. The Aventine models paint up so nicely.

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    1. Thanks! I am looking forward to getting it out on the gaming table soon. :)

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  7. Great paintjob, colors are very nice...

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  8. Wow! Inspired work here. Colors, composition and basing make this a real gem. I love your use of sky blue too!

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    1. Thanks a ton Monty! Sometimes I just want to sit around and create command bases and forget about the armies... :)

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  9. Fantastic command stand. I love all the detail you put in these figures.

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    1. Sean, thanks for visiting and for the compliment. :)

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  10. Some really crisp work there, nice stuff.

    FMB

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  11. Those look great!
    Ed
    http://optio82.blogspot.com/

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