The basing rubble is vermiculite which is used in packing chemicals as it is very absorbant. I stained it with black ink wash as it is gold coloured and it looks really good. However it is so absorbant that it hoovers up glue and doesn't stick well. The triarii are standard red but I painted the Hastai in Vallejo Oxford Blue.
P.S. I unexpectedly completed the 105th Pennsylvania and therefore I think this makes it a points bomb of 237. I love that work is closed until the New Year.
Will have to find a new pose, these are getting repetitive. Off to build and paint my Christmas present for next week.
From Curt:Wow, this year's weekly submission protocol has really generated the points bombs. Great work Martin! Your ACW project is clipping along at an amazing rate. I like the ink effect on the trousers (NOT pants). As a suggestion, if you wanted to make the shading even more distinct you could highlight the raised folds in the original colour. Then again it would probably reduce the pace of your work (which is blistering). Your Alice is wonderful (I'm 12 at heart so no embarrassment here) - is that a severed head at her feet?
And with this submission Martin moves into amongst the top three in the points ratings. Bravo Mr. Cooke!