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Tutorial: Painting 15mm Imperial Romans

Welcome to Painting 15mm Imperial Romans tutorial. Here I will present to you a Step-by-step of an easy and fast painting process for 15mm scale Imperial Romans.

Before we start, some notes:

  • This tutorial does not require airbrush.
  • You can use any paints, not just the ones I recommend. You can use this chart to compare paints between different brands.
  • To better demonstrate the technique I used Grenzer Games 15mm Imperial Romans.
  • Please note all pictures present a huge miniature that might result in a feel of messy and clumsy paint job. Real life miniature is pretty tiny ūüôā
  • As usual, please take note that what works for me might not necessarily work for you.

Step one: Undercoat

I undercoated the miniature with Games Workshop Chaos Black spray followed by few manually applied corrections. Any black undercoat will do, I just prefer this one over any and all other. 

Step two: Armor

I painted entire miniature with slightly thinned Games Workshop Warplock Bronze. This layer does not need to be precise, or smooth. What counts is for paint to flow into all recesses and deep areas. Next I flatbrushed entire miniature with Army Painter Gun Metal. The layer looks nasty, but it does not have to be perfect, especially in places where other colors will cover it up later on.

Step three: Red

Next I moved to red, painting main shield area and clothes with Vallejo Burnt Red. Vallejo Flat Red followed on the same areas. I deliberately left some spots of previous layer visible on the shield and in deep areas of the cloth.

Step four: Skin

With larger scale miniatures I usually start skin much darker, but for such tiny detail I decided to go with a strong layer relatively medium skin tone of Games Workshop Ratskin Flesh. I then highlighted few spots with Vallejo Flesh.

Step five: Brown

To keep brown elements more interesting I started dark with Vallejo Mahogany, highlighted with Vallejo Beasty Brown. I then used Games Workshop Karak Stone for final highlight – just few dots and lines in most accessible areas.

Step Six: Wash

I used a mix of Army Painter Strong Tone Ink 1:1 Army Painter Soft Tone Ink and applied it onto entire miniature. 

Step seven: Final Highlights

I went back to Vallejo Flat Red and applied few lines on the edges of the cloth, then stippled a bit on the shield. I also put tiny dots of Games Workshop Lugganath Orange in few exposed spots to add extra focus to the miniature, once deployed on the gaming board.

For armor I used Army Painter Shining Silver painted on the edges of the shield and in few spots across the miniature.

Finally I put tiny dots of Games Workshop Flayed One Flesh on browns and skin.

Step eight: Basing

For basing I decided to go easy. First I applied AK Interactive Dark Earth taking extra care to cover any visible height difference areas. Once dry, I drybrushed entire base with Games Workshop Karak Stone. Gamers Grass tiny tufts, finally black edges – the miniatures were complete.

… and that’s it! A bit messy, but once on the board it really catches attention.

I hope you find this tutorial interesting. Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments below or via Facebook. I would also appreciate if you considered sharing this content to any groups or forums, where it might help someone paint their miniatures. Scarhandpainting is not just about professional miniatures painting service. I do my best to provide interesting tutorials and share my experience with other hobbyists. 

Once again I invite you to follow Grenzer Games on Facebook and definitely visit their online store to see more awesome products.




Review: Grenzer Games 15mm Imperial Romans

Grenzer Games – a small, UK based games development company, specializing in miniature wargames. Thanks to their generosity I was able to lay my hands on a batch of recently released 15mm Imperial Romans. I took these on a spin from bubble envelope to battle ready and now I will share my impressions with you.

Visual & Quality Impressions:

Right off the bat the miniatures look amazing. With rich, crisp detail these are nothing close to what I have ever seen in such scale. Furthermore the miniatures are well proportioned. Great quality overall.

… and I know, I know. I too am sentimental towards hand sculpted metal miniatures, but just look at that detail! Such visual coherency of scale! Insane!

Functionality Impressions:

15mm Imperial Romans come in two versions: As a downloadable pre supported STL files, or 3d printed miniatures. I received a pack of eight printed miniatures. Mounted on print supports they were able to withstand shipping from United Kingdom in a bubble envelope without any damage and with no bent elements. Cutting off the supports was very easy and even though 3d printed miniatures took a soapy bath before painting, the process was nothing close to a pain of removing flash and mold lines, so common amongst metal counterparts. Full preparation took less than 15 minutes, which compared to working with metal is near to nothing. 

Material itself is smooth and easy to work with. Miniatures are a bit elastic and seem durable and forgiving. I tested one “Pilum” to the limit, breaking it in half as a result. It was easy to repair, even though I broke it six times in different places throughout the process. Similar treatment would see a metal counterpart require replacement, whereas 3d print can be glued back to your heart’s content. 

Finally painting over this material went smooth and without any issues. Joy to work with.


At a price of 3,75GBP for a Legionary pack containing 8 miniatures and 2,35GBP for a Command Pack containing 5 miniatures, Grenzer Games product is priced on par with metal counterparts from other suppliers. Considering how detailed and easy to work with these miniatures are I would say they’re a steal!


Grenzer Games did a fantastic job providing well proportioned, top quality miniatures with fantastic detail. Very easy to work with, joy to paint. To top it all off 15mm Imperial Romans come reasonably priced! I fully recommend this product and will definitely keep an eye out for updates of the entire range.

Stay tuned for an upcoming step-by-step tutorial on painting 15mm Imperial Romans and in the meantime I invite you to follow Grenzer Games on Facebook and definitely visit their online store to see more products.