Then I stumbled across an old post on the Iron Mitten blog. Secundus drew highly stylized animal figures for his Celtic shields, much like the Uffington White Horse. Animals were worked around the shield boss with an elongated neck, or legs, or antlers. Following the trail Secundus blazed, I painted one animal figure, then another and another. BINGO! It's simple but looks quite nice in 15mm.
Javelinmen: Medium foot javelinmen make up the backbone of my Dacian army. They're undrilled average impact foot. Like most "barbarian" foot in Field of Glory, they must disrupt the enemy at impact or else struggle in melee. Dacian foot is portrayed as javelinmen because archaeological evidence reveals many spearheads & javelins but not many swords. Then again, Emperor Trajan may have had his legionaries collect all the Dacian swords after subjugating them.
Skin tones for the shirtless lads was done with 2 highlights. The Dacians are one of Old Glory's best lines. Great sculpts, very little cleanup required and a huge variety of poses.
During Trajan's campaign, it was reported that the Dacians placed well-camouflaged archers in trees to snipe Roman officers. I figured green was a good color for tree-sniping archers.