|The leader of the six levy.|
As always with a new army it took me awhile to wrap my brain around the colors I wanted for these models. New armies are always hard for me to start because of this phase. I've found that I can't rush it. I have to let the image coalesce over time. These models were on the table for the painting challenge but I couldn't get past the mental block in time to get them done.
|This is one of the few shield types that has a metal rim.|
The Gripping Beast models didn't come with decals. I bought some from Westwind when I placed a supplemental order during their tasty sale. I didn't buy enough for everyone though, so my pre-school teacher would be very disappointed in me. I'm sorry Mrs Rogers. You did train me better than that.
|The leader's shield.|
Since free hand was the only thing left to me I decided that the levy would be the most likely to have painted their own shields and that, therefore, my crude free hand skills would be adequate there.
|Simple geometric shapes are almost within my skills.|
The shields are such a large part of the models that I spent the most time on them. I also decided to paint each group of six with the same colors. Once they are all done I can mix and match.
|This one I just made up.|
|The yin and yang is from the Notitia Dignitatum. It predates the asian symbol by several hundred years.|
|Fancy shield on this guy. He must have served in the army before taking up farming.|
|Ranked up as they would appear on the battlefield.|
|All six with their shields.|
|The other side.|
With the exception of the shields these are quick and easy to paint up. I should be able to knock out the rest of the levy soon, though some EIR command stands are calling to me first.