Monday, November 28, 2011

The Raetian Limes, 2nd century A.D.

by Michael Rieß

I painted some Roman legionaries a while ago and was thinking of building a diorama for them. The Raetian Limes is quite close to my hometown, so i decided to build it and to add the figures.
The figures are mainly from Caesar Miniatures, the barbarians are from various manufacturers like Italeri, Revell and MiniArt.
I painted them with acrylic paints from Revell.

The watch tower is a laser-cut kit from Fredericus rex and consists of cardboard and thin wood. I tried to add a dark wash, but i soon realized that the thin material starts to disintegrate and to bend, so i stopped the procedure.
The research and construction of the diorama made a lot of fun, maybe i will do more of this stuff, like a Roman fort or harbour scene.

The diorama shows Germanic bandits who raided the back land and now try to return into the safety of Germania. To get there they have to cross the Limes border. Unfortunately they are hunted by roman Legionaries and have a unit of roman watchmen in front. Now they have to fight their way through, which is almost impossible considering the numeric superiority of the romans.

I made a quite detailed video about the history of the Limes and the construction of the diorama. Enjoy!

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