Having finished painting a whole box worth of Italian Allies a couple of weeks back, I've finally got round to making a start on their Roman compadres.
Having used the classic red & off-white shields for the allies these chaps are going to be sporting natty yellow ochre scuta.
Not sure I can offer any documentary evidence to support this choice of colour other than the availability of ochre as a pigment, either as a mineral or from boiling onion skins.
The plan is to take advantage of the wet weather & finish a few more of these this afternoon, but the lure of red wine & a comfortable sofa may yet prove too much!
Just a quick side note on these Victrix boxed sets. These are certainly the best ancients figures Victrix have released to date, the detail is a lot sharper than exhibited on the Hoplite boxed sets & the choice of headgear a lot better. Some of the helmets in the Mercenary Hoplite set were weird to say the least.
My only minor gripe is the variation in size of the Roman heads