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Contents: 41 figures
Poses: 14 poses
Material: Plastic
Colour: Grey

Cement assembly, paint required (cement and paint not included)

No-one knows why today, but early in the first century CE Roman soldiers, or at least those in the west, began to be issued with a new plate armour to replace their coats of mail, and so an icon was created. This armour, named lorica segmentata in modern times, has become the most recognisable aspect of a Roman soldier, and consequently is much the most popular for model figures such as these from Caesar.

All the soldiers in this set are dressed in this fashion, and a very good job has been done in depicting it. They have helmets in the Imperial Gallic style, but there is no sign of any cross reinforcement over the crown, which appears late in the first century. Also the helmets have no crest and the sword is held in a scabbard on the right hip (a dagger appearing on the left). All this tells us that these figures are suitable for the last three quarters of the first century and probably the early years of the second.

All the legionary figures have ring hands to accommodate the separate weapons, and all bar one have a peg on their left arm to allow the fixing of a shield. The weapons, which are provided on a number of separate sprues, fit the ring hands very well without any need for glue. From the pictures it is easy to see that many of the ring hands are not facing the mould, which is more difficult to manufacture but results in a much better pose for the figure.

As always sculpting is great, with all the detail of these men very easy to see. Proportions are first class, faces are realistic and there is not a hint of flash. Having separate weapons and shields, particularly with the vertical ring hands, makes for some excellent poses and these figures are a real delight to behold.

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  • Seller location: North Shore, Auckland, NZ

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