I had a sudden rush of motivation last week, and managed to get an entire second platoon of Ultramar Auxilia infantry completed (plus the regimental Colonel), leaving just one more to go before I have a full company.

Three infantry squads, a heavy weapons squad, a command squad and, of course, their overall boss, the Colonel. Thirty-six models in total, which were completed in a handful of evenings with their bases being finished on a Saturday morning – which left me the rest of the weekend for a special project but we will come back to that in the next post…

As with the rest of the growing Auxilia, these are all your basic Cadian models with a simple head-swap courtesy of Sci-fi Roman Legionaries from Scibor.

As I have said so many times before, the paint scheme for these (taken from a Warhammer TV video showing how to paint a Munitorum Container!) is so, so quick to do – painting an entire reinforced (because of the heavy weapons squad) platoon is no bear at all, despite me preferring to do smaller batches these days.

With Heavy Flamers in the infantry squads and Meltaguns in the command squad, this is very much an ‘in your face’ platoon. It will actually be platoon number three in the company, as I have not yet decided what to do with the first platoon – either make it another ‘standard’ platoon because the Auxilia are very regimented, or make it a veteran or special weapons platoon… decisions to make…

That last platoon will be a while in the future yet, as I want to concentrate on some other bits and pieces in the meantime. However, the reason for this sudden spurt of painting was because I wanted to clear the decks for a special project that recently landed on my desk and muscled its way to the top of the queue.

In the past, I have spoken about painting an army in a weekend. This time round I may just have a candidate for painting an entire army in a day – and making it look good while I am at it.

All will be revealed in the next post…