Ave, Senatus Romanus!

Whilst I’ve been painting up my latest War of the Spanish Succession regiment, through the post here at Suburban Militarism has recently arrived a bag of small wooden cubes.

I posted recently that I’d received a box of Strelets Roman Senators for Christmas. My friend and fellow blogger Pat also admired the set but posed the same very good question that was on my mind – what the heck can be done with them?

I quite liked the daft notion of Suburban Militarism having a senate, squabbling and scheming over my latest painting plans or raucously debating the acquisition of the next model kit. But I needed some means of basing or presenting them and then I had an eccentric idea…

Get on with it, Marvin!!!!!!!!

I thought I could maybe base each senator on a kind of marble plinth, like Roman statues somehow brought to life. Hence, I found some perfectly sized wooden blocks for mere pennies…

Plinthy the Elder…

…and – sparing me the task of attempting to paint a marble effect – I found some perfectly marbled masking tape online.

I aim to paint a few characters every now and then, adding to my senate slowly over time. These are the first three senators:

Thanks to Roman Name Generator, I’ve put some names to each senator too:


Hostus Volusenus Iulianus

Gaius Gellius Severus

Flavius Velius Lentullus

So, watch out for a series of cod-Latin post titles related to these figures which sound like spells from Harry Potter. In the meantime, I’m pushing on with my Lace Wars figures. The next regiment is approaching completion…

24 thoughts on “Ave, Senatus Romanus!

      1. Maybe something could be done with these figures after all, they are almost like chess pieces. There’s a second Senator set also available but which mostly repeats many of these senator figures.

        I’m sure I must have my old Asterix copies somewhere. Some of my favourites as i recall were ,,,in Britain, …The Legionary and …in Belgium.

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  1. Nice figures, Marvin! Plinthy the Elder, love it! 🙂 Those Lace Wars figures are coming on well – I forgot to ask before, but have you got a planned number in mind for units/figures? I can remember thinking I’d never get my Franco-Prussian War figures started at 20 figures per battalion, but then I realised 10-figure units worked just as well and were much easier to get painted!

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    1. Thanks, John!

      Well, I’ve been thinking a lot about ratios and I’m not really sure, but am ploughing ahead with painting anyway!

      The British WSS era battalion had a very approx 650 men in 12 companies + 1 grenadier coy.

      I originally thought 2 figures per company and just aimed at finishing the box,. But now I think 1 figure per company of 50 men, in a battalion of 13 coys would be both simpler and more accurate!?

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      1. I think I’d go with 1 per 50 to make the most of the boxed figures. It was honestly quite a revelation when I switched from 20-man battalions to 10-man battalions and found that I had more units that still looked fine in action! I’ll follow your progress with interest!

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  2. Well done mate you have blown me out of the water with the marble tape ,so clever! my first thought was how on earth did he paint those !!! Top marks for cheating mate eh! Again you have done a great job painting these guys and it really shows the fine work the Strelets boys have done with the faces, and thanks for the nod mate.
    Your others fine fellows are looking pretty good and I’m looking forward to seeing the army increase in size when you get the other sets. Rgds Pat

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    1. They’re a nice little distraction to do every now and then. There’s also some figures for the death of Caesar which I might put together for a classical scene or something?

      Other Spanish Succession sets currently on order… 🙂

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  3. Marvin
    Not Roman Senators but came across Tracing the Rifle Volunteers: A Guide for Military and Family Historians Book by Ray Westlake Pen and Sword – 2010? – available used for a few pounds on Abe books

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