Sunday, August 4, 2013

A Roman Centurion

This is the completed centurion for my second unit of Roman hastati. Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, writing in the 5th century, makes this comment about about centurions in his military tratise De Re Militari:
The centurion in the infantry is chosen for his size, strength and dexterity in throwing his missile weapons and for his skill in the use of his sword and shield; in short for his expertness in all the exercises. He is to be vigilant, temperate, active and readier to execute the orders he receives than to talk; Strict in exercising and keeping up proper discipline among his soldiers, in obliging them to appear clean and well-dressed and to have their arms constantly rubbed and bright.
One interesting point about the centurions that I did not know prior to some research: the different color and patterns of the plumes worn on the helmets of the centurions were an important identifier and rallying point for soldiers of that unit.

This figure is by Aventine Miniatures.


  1. That's a good looking chap! Great work.

  2. He is a good looking fellow, just got to built the unit round him now


  3. Excellent Jonathan, and that looks like the start of a killing stroke! And thanks for the background info. No matter how much I read on the Romans, I continue to be amazed at the breath and depth of their military prowess.

    1. Thanks Monty. The Romans were a very impressive bunch no doubt about that. I am getting anxious to field some of these guys in a game of Hail Caesar!

  4. Very nice, I like the added detail of the red and white.

  5. A very dynamic figure excellent painted!


  6. Some nice shading work there, Jonathan. Can we get a shot of the shield?