One of the things I want to do differently with my Republican Romans is to paint them in such a way that the viewer say "wow, those guys have had a really hard time of it!". They should look as if they have been in a battle wearing dirty and worn tunics and carrying smashed and hacked shields.
Now, as with most things, painting the figures to look battle-worn is easier said than done. This is a work in progress of some Roman Velites from Aventine. I have replaced the supplied javelins with the NorthStar spears because I like the proportions of them better.