The second part of reforming my Guard are my Praetorian miniatures. I have been conflicted with my blue coated Praetorians for a long while. I really like the fleet regiment aspect that I reverted back to in April- that’s not the issue. There is still a little bit of me that wants to paint some red coats. Not so much for the historical aspect but from the point that I love the original look of them. I realised I felt this way when people would say 'sham you didn’t paint them red'. In truth if I didn't care then that comment would mean nothing, but there was always a little part of me that would say 'yeah, kinda wish I had'.
So why didn’t I paint up some read coats? I collected lots of praetorians and I wanted to paint them all the same, cos you know - 'that’s what you have to do'. But in reality (and here is my dark secret) I have way too many praetorians for one army. I’m not saying this to brag at all, in fact I’m a little ashamed that I got so addicted to buying them that I have this many. How many I hear you ask? I'm not sure, but more than 500. I haven't counted them any time recently. It was my dark secret, my 'crack' praetorian addiction.
Here is a photo from a year or two ago when I stopped buying them. I tried to pull them ALL out but I ran out of time and room on the table : /
Yeah, it’s a lot I know. It’s almost unbelievable, especially considering what they sell for now on eBay.
The point is I do have enough to paint up more than one army. This allows me to keep my blue coated fleet regiment- for nostalgic reasons, and do other things too. What I would like to do is a few different small armies. These are at various stages of painting but here is what I have in mind:
|Still needs some more green stuff!|
Starboard Watch shore party, of the Grand Cruiser Praetoriae Vindictam , Imperial Navy.
- Just 1 or 2 squads with a few characters and officers.
1st Expeditionary Regiment of foot (Praetorian Navy) "the fleet regiment"
-15 squads + some special and heavy weapon squads
40th Praetorian Line regiment "excellers"
- Probably 15 to 20 squads.
63rd Praetorian Rifles "Jagers"
- Around a platoon worth, so maybe 3 squads
105th Praetorian Dragoons (mechanised) "Dragons breath"
- Around 5 or 6 squads with chimeras
|-Only a slight bit of paint on this chap, but you get the rough idea.|
122nd Praetorian Artillery regiment
- Many heavy weapons squads, 2 Earth Shaker platforms and several heavy mortars.
Also I have about 50 of the old ratlings. I have 10 painted in blue to match the fleet regiment, but what I wanted to do was paint a few for each of the other regiments. Basically, I wanted ratlings attached to every regiment to cook, mend uniforms, make tea etc and I envisioned them making uniforms for themselves to suit the regiment that they were assigned to. Then of course when the fighting gets think they pick-up their little sniper rifles and join the battle too.
I also have around 18 or 20 of the old sentinels, but for these I thought I might put them with my cavalry division.
Then two other groups that I have been working on:
|Not 100% sold on the helmet.|
Praetorian Grenadier Guard
-3 squads. I may make these guys 'air mobile' and mount them in valkyries - but not sure yet.
723 Praetorian PDF Auxiliary Rifles "corpsicals"
-4 rifle squads and 8 conscript squads (spit into 2 platoons)
Even making all of this should still leave me a few squads to sell off at some point. And when I get to selling stuff off I also have a heap of the old metal Cadians and maybe 200 of the old metal Necrons as well as other mid 90's metal armies.
If you have collected way to much stuff as well let me know so I don’t feel so bad about it!
On the bright side, this last year I haven’t brought too much only... umm, oh dear, 45 rough riders from Col gravis, 12 miniatures form Victoria lamb, and a few other individual things. Still, it is a more reasonable quota.
Getting back to what I am planning to paint up- I understand that with all this the risk is that it will look a jumbled mess on the board. But that is only if I use one of everything in an army. If one day I only take the dragoons for example that will look ok, and if another day I take the line regiment and a few artillery guys that will look ok too (Col. Gravis fields his army with more than one colour and it looks great!)
So yeah. That is what I’m thinking.
If you think the colour schemes need tweaking let me know. Feel free to rip into me if you think all of this is ridiculous as well.