To add to our popular Ancient Collection we have launched a new range
featuring Rome and its enemies; entitled "The Might of Rome".
Our initial figures for the range, as you can see below, are based around
the fourteenth legion (Legio XIIII * see note) and their time spent
in Britannia. They were ordered there by the Emperor Claudius in his
43AD invasion of this far distant island race. Here Legio XIIII (Gemina),
Legio XX (Valeria) and Legio IX (Hispana) fought along side each other
with mixed results of success. The Iceni tribe and their Queen, Boudicca,
wiped out a large part of Legio IX on the march in East Anglia. We won't
be making that legion for a while, well that's unless you collect casualty
We have also added
some "generic figures" that can cover various legions in other campaigns
around about the same period of the mid 1st century AD. In a similar
manner to when we first launched our Ancient Greeks; their enemies will
follow at a later date!
Figures within the ROME set numbering depict
a centurion and also various legionnaires wearing the ingenious "lorica
segmenta" armour; which was firstly flexible and well balanced and also
presumably able with the new helmet design to give better protection
against the taller tribesmen striking the head area with their long
swords. Our pila in this range are made from steel with composite detailed
parts made in also a robust material to give that extra protection when
we ship them to you!
Figures within the ROMS set numbering depict; firstly
a Vexillarius carrying a Vexillum with the Capricorn emblem of Legio
XIIII, a Singifer and of course a Cornicen to blast the legion on their
way to victory.
Figures within the ROMC and ROMX sets are the auxiliary
cavalry and infantry attached to the legion. These were often the real
work horses of the legion and in border outbreaks in Britannia did most
of the actual fighting with the legionnaires mostly held back as reserves.
Hence a lot of battles were recorded as having "no Roman casualties!".
Finally in the ROMA set numberings; to bring a little missile support
to our valiant army; we have a Scorpio with 2 crew and 2 sets of Eastern
Archers. Each century was equipped with a "scorpion" and in addition
every cohort had the heavier stone throwing ballista to add to the artillery
capabilities of the Roman army, which was significant for the age, laying
down battery fire for both sieges and open field conflicts. Also the
2 sets of Eastern archers to add more colour to the later conflicts
supporting the Romans army as auxiliaries.
* Note - AND to avoid numerous letters and emails as to why it is not
XIV for the forteenth legion - The notation of Roman numerals has varied
through the centuries. Originally, it was common to use IIII to represent
four, because IV represented the Roman god Jupiter, whose Latin name,
IVPPITER, begins with IV. The same form of additative notation was used
with XIIII opposed to XIV in the case of the fourteenth legion during
their service in Britannia. The subtractive notation (which uses IV
instead of IIII) has become universally used only in more recent times.
For example, Forme of Cury, a manuscript from 1390, uses IX for nine,
but still IIII for four.