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Hi, Leo, we see an illustration in a book, based on a single rock carving, painting or statue.
A plastic manufacturer does his research & bases an entire troop type on what may have been a unique mode of dress.
No offence to HaT but look at their Carthaginian allies set.
Of course, what else can you do?
My Polybian Romans have tunic colours based on whether they're velites, hastati, princepes or triarii.
Historical? Of course not but a useful device when wargaming.

Re: compromises

Of course,
changes of taste, deeper research, and mistakes all apart, I have many "red romans" too! Some also recently painted.

I can say that the visual impact of the (supposed) more accurate messy colors (and perhaps panoply too) is less spectacular and beautyfull than the standard.

After all untill we'll have a time machine we can only make suppositions.

The wargming has it's particularities and needs, that may be different from dioramas and even more from our "attempts" of historical reconstructions. That may be wrong.

Anyway both ways can be interesting and beautyfull to see, all the ways can coexhist and enrich each other at least in the techniques, and as more variety we can see as more enjoyable is our hobby.


Time Machine

They certainly will not invent a time machine during my lifetime. How can I be so sure? If they did then I would have gone back to when I was about 10 and forced myself to buy all the Atlantic Colosseums I could find so by now I would be very rich

Re: Republican Roman colours

You can find out what little is known about Republican Shields here.

dyeing textiles in the Roman Republic?

Does anyone know how common dyed cloth was during the Republic?

I have read that the Oscan tomb paintings at Paestum and Capua show warriors in multi-colored tunics. Some red or white with contrasting colors. Also Etruscan paintings show some colored clothes. What was used for red? Madder? What about other colors? I'm sure purple was costly and restricted to the social elite, but what about cheaper dyes?

Now I'm thinking of Etruscans and Samnites to fight the Romans!


Thank you for all the information and comments.

I shall defer painting them until I have researched further (couple of days). I have added a splash of paint to each of them, but these will need to be re-painted to my satisfaction before the carnage commences.

I'm favouring dividing them up on three martial lines, as suggested by other posters, resulting in a number of sections of troops, each with a different colour scheme.

In the meantime, I'm painting Strelets medieval cavalry and Caesar Chinese infantry.....

Re: Colours

Anyway there were some particular cases of more common colors that could distinguished somehow the troops.
As in the case of the samnite Linteata legion, that aparently was wearing mostly white linen.

There's an article i italian only but with some illustrations here: