Monday, 13 February 2012

Vexillum (How to)

After seeing this excellent set of Roman commanders from Strelets, I decided to plan another small Roman Legion. This one I´ll name Aduitrix II after seeing Simons excellent representation of this legion on his blog TheBigRedbatCave
The senate discusses the Emporers idea to raise a new legion....
...and after many hours of discussion it is agreed upon....Hail Caeser!!!!!
First though, the soldiers need recruiting and they need banners for thier units so...some need making :-D
Stuff needed. Pliers, thin metal file, florists wire, thin steel wire, some copperwire, tweezers, woodglue (not in pic) and some printed Vexillia patterns. I´ve painted above the prints to form the backs when folded. The paint has a tendency to soak thruogh and destroy the pattern when painting the actual back of the print
Make the spear head as here. A bit below the spearhead, make a groove using the file. this is so the crossbar fits without slipping up and down
Make a hole at the top of the folded pattern and push the shaft through. Smear some glue onto the inside of the pattern, insert the crossbar wire and fold shut. The copper wire is then wound around under the spearhead and down to the crossbar. Cut the copperwire off just below the pattern and using the tweezers fold the wire back on itsself. This makes a little loop where  a blob of woodglue can be added to form the "weights".
The pic is a  bit dark, but basically just paint the copper wire dark brown or black and the bottom of the pattern and the "weights" gold.

 So now thestandard can be given out and the recruiting of the 1st Cohort LegII Aduitrix can begin!!!
"Come to join the legion? Yes? Go along the path and go to the left. next! The legion? yes? go along the..."
Hello to r.s.field from Fieldcrow blog. Nothing posted as yet, he has  a quote "life is a carnival and records "aren't just little thingsthat go round & round" 



Really annoying thing. The blogroll...it appears to have jammed..nothing more can be added to it. I  had a trick, carry on as normal..when it came to saving a new blog it would just stop. All I did was log out and the new blog would be added but even that has stopped now! Apparently the only way around it is to delete the blogroll gadget and start again!!!! What a pain in the ****!!

25 comments:

  1. Good bodging work again sir and yes deleting the blogroll is a pain in the arse.....

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  2. What a wonderful post! Love the new standards, great work Paul.

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  3. Nice tutorial!
    About the blogroll, isn't possible to have 2 of them?

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    1. Thanks.
      I´ve thought about that...Figoblogotheque (for example) does it...but they have hundreds and hundreds on thiers.

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  4. "...and after many hours of discussion"

    What? With those two blowing their horns all the time...

    "Yes! You can have another bloody Legion, just shut that racket up!"

    Nice vignette
    H

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  5. Re-blogroll...have you reached the 300 blog limit?

    You may be able to delete some of the older ones to add newer ones?

    H

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    1. There´s a limit!? 297 last count. That´s not very good is it? A limit of 300! maybe they think we want to block up a mountain pass and aren´t allowed anymore :-D
      Cheers
      paul

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  6. Very nice work Paul thanks for the mini tutorial.

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  7. Looks great Paul! Great tutorial, I'm going to have to give this a try.

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  8. Nice work Paul. I recognize all the figures except for the centurion doing the hail caesar. Where is he from?

    Claus
    ancminis.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Claus
      The "hail caeser" bod is from Atlantic´s Roman Legion set
      http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=569
      A quite rare mini these days
      Cheers
      Paul

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    2. Ah yes. Picked up that set some years ago, in a trade. I just never got around to using the figures for much, until recently, and then only the eagle and standardbearers... I should look more closely at the set I believe.

      Claus
      ancminis.blogspot.com

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  9. Nice minis, great tutorial. I love the text beneath the last picture. Makes you wonder what will happen when someone says No instead of yes. :-)

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  10. Beautifully done. The idea and technique are excellent Paul.

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  11. What a clever chap you are Paul!!! Top job!!

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  12. Wonderful scenes! And a thumbs-up for the scratchbuilt banner!

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  13. I so love your tutorials. This blog will probably be an oracle of Bod excellence for generations to come.

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  14. Great tutorial, thanks. Now the real painting starts.

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  15. Very helpful tips!

    My flags tend to be very one dimensional ie they stick out off the back of a pole but that cross bar and the wire means much more interesting banners/ standards flags etc!

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  16. Your enthusiasm never seems to flag!

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  17. That looks absolutely great! Good idea :)

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