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Monday, May 12, 2014

Follow the draco, Dacians done

If camps had titles, this would be "Mopping Up." I decided early on to use the ambush and annihilation of Legio V as inspiration for my Dacian camp. Luckily, I had just enough spare Xyston lead to pull it off. Two of the Roman shields are mangled to reflect damage from the dreaded falx.  The downed legionaries and Dacians were doused with Citadel blood.  A falxman is running around with the Legio V elephant standard.

Field Fortifications:  I've had this resin kit for awhile.  I painted it up in case it might be useful in a scenario with the Romans.  Nice kit by Hovels, Ltd.   
Command Stands:  I used a spare Khurasan Miniatures Sarmatian horseman to represent my Sarmatian allied leader. That way, he won't get mixed up with the Dacian commanders. The dracos do pop nicely on the bases.
Dacians marched into the battle accompanied by boar-headed trumpets and the draco. The hollow dragon's head was mounted on a pole with a fabric tube attached. When filled with wind, the draco make a shrill sound.  Proving once again the Romans never let a good idea slip by, scholars believe the Romans adopted the draco following their conquest of the Dacians.
To wrap up the Dacian project, I can think of no better finish than the picture below.  King Decebalus lead his Dacian tribes and allies against Rome in multiple wars.  When the end came, Decebalus took his own life rather than face a humiliating captivity and parade down the streets of Rome.  In 1994, a Romanian businessman and historian commissioned a statute of Decebalus. 40 meters high, the monument is carved into a rocky bank of the Danube. The first time I came across this picture, I thought it was something from Lord of the Rings.  Instead, it is magnificent tribute to an amazing figure from ancient history.

50 comments:

  1. Great camp, fortifications and figures Monty! The Dacians certainly gave the Romans a run for their money - in our HC games the Sarmatian cavalry gave no end of trouble to the Roman cavalry.

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    1. Thanks Cyrus! I sure hope they give the Romans fits in FoG. After all, that is the reason I painted them up.

      I have to play HC one of these days!

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  2. Marvelous and Very nice love the fortifications - by having the Sarmatian Cavalry with you Dacians ,Monty, you basically displaced the Roman Cavalry and others out of the game therefor The Dacian Infantry should have a fighting chance against the Roman infantry! :o)

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    1. Phil, I like your thinking! In FoG, the Sarmatians are good enough that they'll top any cavalry the Romans might bring. In a pinch, you can throw them into the Legionaries and have a decent chance of success. Fingers crossed!

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  3. That camp is disturbingly . . . juicy.

    FMB

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  4. A fitting tribute to a remarkable nation; that's an army to be proud of!

    Excellent work as usual, Monty. Your 15mm work continues to amaze and inspire!

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    1. Thanks Evan, I do hope so! I'm a bit late to some of these niches of history. Better late than never, eh?

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  5. Exelent work Monty !

    Im realy impressed by your 15mm painting, detail and speed in your work.

    Will wee see them in battle soon ?

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael! I'm quite anxious to get them on the tabletop as soon as possible. I hope to get a feel for them before I take them into a campaign. And beat the Romans. Lets not forget that!

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  6. Monty you simply must be a painting machine, I'm pretty sure of it. As always I'm amazed by the speed and quality of your painting. I really love the vibrant colours you used. And the camp is absolutely stunning. To my eyes you captured the feel of a beaten Roman army very well.

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    1. That is very kind of you to say, Moiterei! Thank you very much. I struggle a bit with layout and posing in camps but I do think this one turned out quite nicely.

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  7. Another fabulous post Monty, great minis, great camp and very interesting historical background...excellent...And the last pic is really impressive!

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    1. Phil! Thanks! I'm thinking...what obscure era or front will Phil and his club travel to next. I can't wait to see!

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  8. Enjoyed both the history lesson and your superbly painted figures. The diorama captures after-battle carnage well.

    Great stuff!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan! If I get to travel Europe one day, it would be great to stop at the Danube and see the Decebalus monument.

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  9. Wow, saving the best for last Monty! Really impressive work all round.

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  10. More absolutely stunning work Monty, these really are tremendous.

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    1. Thanks Michael, it has been a fun run of 15mm this spring! Unexpected but quite nice.

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  11. Lovely work Monty. The camp is particularly, errmm, bloody good stuff. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Tamsin, good one. I know it was a tiny bit Warhammerish but...it's the Dacians!

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  12. lovely camp
    i like sport outdoor
    great base of general

    and always the cultural touch
    very interesting
    i like
    i think the movie i show you was about this romanian hero
    thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Marco and I did check out that youtube movie you pointed me to. Very cool that there is a movie about him!

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  13. Just Superb Monty and that camp scene well par excellence my friend

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    1. Thanks much Andrew, I appreciate it. Us fellows who run "barbarian hordes" against Romans have to stick together. You never know when you'll need a shoulder to cry on after another Roman beat down! ;-)

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    1. Thanks Fran! Now, can they fight?

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    2. Oh, they can fight. The real question is "can they win?" ;)

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    3. With me as the general, that is the challenge!

      If I could study FoG abroad, say, London, I know I'd come back a much better player! I wonder what my boss would say about that?

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    4. I would think or say your boss is a "Roman" and he would not allow you to travel abroad to enhance your battle skills :o) your boss needs you as his body servant and protect him from the Barbaric Hordes.....

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    5. My boss is a real Roman. Lots of commands...
      :-)

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  15. Great work - the command stands really do pop!

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    1. Thanks Jim! The dracos sure help with that.

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  16. Fortifications and command stands are very good indeed. Nice!

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  17. Amazing work on the "mopping up" stand - I thought it was 28m until you mentioned Xyston. Great looking Samartians too! I like the new banner too!

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    1. Thanks Dean! You are too kind! '

      I was getting bored with how my blog looked. I'll try to change the banner regularly. If I was really clever, I'd automate it so it changes automatically. Like my friend Jason.

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  18. VERY nice indeed sir. The camp is superb.

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  19. Looking great and the camp is outright brilliant!

    Love the stone face carved into the rock. Never seen that before!

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    1. Thanks Burkhard, I'd love to see it in person one day!

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  20. Great little diorama for your army and the Sarmatian looks wonderful and all of so vibrant! Cool carving too.

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher! I used to hate camps. Now I merely dread them. ;-)

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  21. Interesting and great looking models. Speaking from personal experience, if anything, the Dacian camp isn't bloody enough tbh.

    I assumed that the head of Decebalus was a model or a CGI from a film, very impressive stuff.

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    1. Great minds, Matt! I could definitely have slopped it up a bit more. And I had to look around a bit before I concluded that the monument wasn't from a movie!

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  22. Marvelous job on the camp and command stands and the draco stuff is very interesting.

    On thing though to go against all the positivity... The casualties on your camp scene were glued to the base and then the gravel was applied making them look they are sinking into the ground slightly. This is usually only a concern with 28mm figs to make sure they look like walking/laying on top of the ground instead sinking into it. To avoid any sinking feelings in the future, you can either simply glue the casualties on after the gravel or build up a little layer of modeling putty/Apoxie sculpt underneath so it looks more natural after the gravel is applied.

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    1. Jason!

      I do want to avoid that sinking feeling. Superb idea, and one I'll incorporate the next time I'm using casualty figs. I paint with my heart on my sleeve so to speak but I need critical feedback in order to get better. I have such a long way to go, so thank you for that!

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  23. Really nice work monty

    Could the camp fortifications be from Hovels ?

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    1. That's it! I'm going to update the post in case anyone is interested. Thanks for the save, Kreoseus!

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