Hi guys, This is my first modelling project for 2011; a 1/9th scale bust of a Roman Signifer produced by Foxwood Studios. Following some lengthy research and a great deal of help from Romaholics on pF and MedRom Forum; I've chosen to present this bust as the famous Pintaius, who carried the signum of the 5th Cohort of the Asturian auxillary unit in Germania in the late 1st Century AD. In doing so I have made several modifications to the pelt sculpted over the helmet of the bust. I've cut off the snout and modified the ears, and I intend to paint it to represent a lion's pelt rather than a wolf. Most of the historical evidence seems to suggest that animal pelts worn by standard bearers in auxilary units had the face removed from the pelt. The privilege of wearing a pelt with a face seems to be reserved for standard bearers in the legions only. I've attached a couple of pics to illustrate the advantages of doing your research and also of asking lots of questions of the "experts" here on pF before you commence. There's nothing worse than spending weeks trying to get a model as historically accurate as you can, only to find out later that it's completely wrong, and you could have avoided mistakes by taking the time to check your information first. Attached is a pic of the tombstone of Pintaius the signifer, which is the primary reference source, now in Bonn Germany. The line drawing (no.53) shows the configuration of the signum of the 5th Cohort of the Asturians, and the colour photo shows a section of replica lorica squamata armour, as worn by the figure. I'm toying with the idea of adding a belt and attaching a sword, and scratch-building a shield to put in the left hand. Once its finished it will be quite an impressive sized bust, almost 20cm from top to bottom.