[Archive] Tarrakk Blackhand's 1/72nd Scale Dacian Army - Blog

Tarrakk Blackhand:

Hi guys!

This thread will be an ongoing blog of my little 1/72nd scale Dacian Army Paint-up.

The Dacians were the original Romanians that lived at the time of the Roman Empire under Trajan.

The company “HAT” made these figures as well as Thracians, which can also be fielded in the Dacian Army.

Currently, I have 2 boxes of Dacians and 1 box of Thracians. That’s 144 figures.

I haven’t got into the Thracians yet, but here come the Dacians!

The Standard Bearer - Only one completely painted so far.

The remaining army - Wide Screen

Heavy Weapons

The Archers

The remaining Standard Bearers.

More Pictures to come! :wave:


Great army what games system do you use them in? really like the standard :slight_smile:

Kera foehunter:

wow that is a great army there !! mr t do they have a calvery too??

Tarrakk Blackhand:

Glad you like these guys!

@ Kera : Sadly, I can only find one set of Dacians, and those are the ones that HAT makes. There are 2 boxes here and they only have Infantry which consists of Standard Bearers, (Or you can cut the standard off and have them as spear men) Archers, and Heavy Weapons.

I can also throw in a set of Thracians, as they were often allied together in real combat, but they are essentually armed in the same way. There’s no Calvalry.

@Loki : I haven’t played with these guys yet in any war games, but I am looking to try the Warhammer Ancient Battle rules. Hopefully someone at my hobby store will get interested in playing a game or two with me someday.

I’m going to be doing a “Learn to Paint and Play” session at my store. I’ve already put some signs up in the window. It’s going to be free and will show kids how to paint these little 1/72 figures. If they paint a few, then hopefully they will buy more and paint their own armies. Hopefully this new idea of mine won’t bomb.

Onto some new pics :

The completed Heavy Weapons figures.

Here’s one of each pose, front and back.

Here’s the painted army (So Far) on the Pizza box. I discovered that if the figures hit one another, the paint chips off the plastic. This way of displaying them prevents them from touching one another. Eventually, I’ll get a box and line it with cloth for them.


Sounds like some good ideas that you have got there, looking forward to seeing more of this army soon :slight_smile:

Tarrakk Blackhand:


Last night I painted the Archer’s clothes in a stone grey colour. I thought it would look lighter than the grey plastic, but when it dried, it was pretty close to the plastic colour. Oh Well. I’m not going to repaint them, just add in the leather details. I have to see what I can do in the next 48 hours. (See “New Baby” thread in regular OT Section.)

Hopefully I can make a little Stop Motion film soon! :smiley:

Tarrakk Blackhand:

Here’s the archer.

Kera foehunter:

Can you tell me if (hat) makes calvery pieces !  Mr t  there some old hobbie store around me that have some 1/72
scale solders i can see if they have them or can order them alot of 70s and 80 stuff

Tarrakk Blackhand:

Kera…have a look :



Are you going to dip them, Tarrack? They could use a wash or two to bring out the folds and so on.

Tarrakk Blackhand:

No. I find that with dipping the figures, it tends to make them look too “black”. I did use the Gryphia Sepia paint on their shirtless bodies though. That part of it worked out well.

Also, since this is that “Bendy” plastic, I decided against too much detail as the paint tends to flake off the plastic. No sense in laying on the “Perfect Paintjob” just to have it get chipped to hell during their first game.

Now if these guys were metal…that would be a different story. :smiley:


Great work on the archer he looks really good :slight_smile:

Tarrakk Blackhand:


Found a few guys suffering from “Chipping Paint Syndrome” already and they haven’t even been taken off the cardboard box yet!


That’s cool stuff. I eagerly await more updates.

Kera foehunter:

Cool link even throw thanks


What’s this 1/72?

Warlord makes 28mm multipose (I think) Dacians.


Tarrakk Blackhand:

Those guys are pretty kool snowblizz.

What’s this 1/72?
Here’s an interesting article for you : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1/72_scale

Interesting that it was used in WWII.

Two ther things I found on Wiki about 1:72nd scale :

20mm scale : Highly popular for WWII wargaming, as the figures are of the same scale (more or less) of 1:76 or 1:72 models (actually closer to 1:87 or 3.5 mm/ft which is HO model railroad scale). Seldom used for RPGs.

25mm scale : Original 25s matched 1:76 (4 mm scale/00 gauge) and 1:72 models, but there is a wide upwards variation in figure height, even when not described as “Heroic 25 mm” or 28 mm. True 28 mm figures are very close to 1:64 (S-scale) in height, but bulky sculpting and thick bases can make some look more in scale with 1/48 or 1/50 scale vehicles. This is the most common size, as 28 mm is the size that Games Workshop uses.

And finally, here’s another link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_wargaming

Tarrakk Blackhand:

The ever growing army. Warriors were painted blue. More detail to come!

Standard Bearers are now ready for duty. I had to reverse the colour order on the standard as I discovered that the Romanian flag is “Blue to the post”.

Tarrakk Blackhand:

And here’s all eight of the Standard Bearers.

And here’s a little picture for size comparison. (The Canadian Quarter is the same size as the American Quarter and some English, Australian, and New Zealand coins I have in my coin collection.)


So they are somewhat smaller than 28mm then. I was thinking maybe you could have thinned out the clone army with some multiposers.

But yeah I figure (pun not intended) they are pretty nice.