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Would it be possible to include some excellent looking attachable square shields in set M008 similar to the shields in set M007? This way the customer has a choice. Regarding Ancients, I'm a non-purist who likes to use my imagination with them, mixing is enjoyable, so this wouldn't be an issue with me.
Adding the square shields and pilums as individual pieces would be a good idea in my opinion.
I would suggest to change the sword fighting pose into a stabbing pose instead of a slashing one. Romans were mainly trained to jabbing the opponent with their gladius being repaired by their rectangular scutum.
Doing that they exposed the less part of their bodies to their enemies attack.
This would add much more realism to the figures.
One good use for Strelets' marching Romans would be the Varus battle, where a Roman raiding party of 20,000 was annihilated by 6,000 farmers.
What happened is, the farmers attacked while it was raining, the Roman archers couldn't use their bows, the Legionnaires couldn't use their pila. Romans were caught in a dense forest and within 4 days, they were all dead.
German "Farmers"? This is nearly too much for my national pride
Imagine when our farmers were able to destroy 20.000 Romans, what would our warriors have done
Ok, in earnest, as POL stated these figures are usable for the later period. For the Teutoburg forrest we would need early Augustian figures, much more like Caesars guys.
When the figures are more for around 150 AD, what ideas for enemies do you have? For bigger dioramas and some little conversions I am sure I can mix them with my HAT Auxiliaries.
As Pol already mentioned, the main problem here is with the helmets. Auxiliaries had simple Coolus helmets, similar to the Imperial gallic or itallic legionary helmet. However, the auxiliary helmet was of bronze and the legionary one from iron. Set 008 has auxiliaries with breeches and short tunic, with mail armor. Mail armor is fine for whatever legionary, especially those in the East, but the rest of the clothing is less. For late 1st century AD, to late 2nd century AD, we have now many sets - ESCI/Italeri, and lots of Flavian era HAT, which historicly mix well.
The Strelets swords and scabbards are a nuissance, but the swords in the HAT cavalry sets can be used for these figures, providing the cavalrymen with longer spears.