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"Oh yeah, now I remember you doubting a lot of things."
No reason to get personal, okay?
As for the bas-reliefs, I think your arguments are not conclusive.
Regarding Traian's column, the arms and armour shown there are basically correct but, at the same time, very much stylized. There is a lot of artistic licence and convention in these representations of Roman soldiers. Contrary to what you said, before the progress of archaeology and the many original objects that were found as a result, most scholars thought that the depictions of soldiers on Traian's column and other reliefs were absolutely precise and accurate (just look at the reconstructions of roman soldiers in so many books published before the 70s).
As for the Louvre relief, I did not claim that all the figures were officers. I said that they are high ranking officers and guardsmen in what is thought to be parade dress. Again: this relief was heavily restored, so it's pointless to go on discussing its accuracy here.
I clearly don't approve of your trying to "prove" your views by arguing that what hasn't been found could still have existed, which basically is true, of course, but in itself is no proof that something has actually existed. I could equally well argue the other way round and claim that what has not been found has never existed. Here we are in the realm of beliefs and speculation. Definitely not a serious way of debating controversial issues.
The painting in the Golden House is special in so far as it appears to show a combination of hellenistic-style parade dress and, perhaps, field dress (lorica segmentata), but this outfit clearly was not actual field dress as can be glanced from what Tacitus tells about the battle near Cremona (AD 69) where, apparently, legionaries and Praetorians wore the same armour and were distinguishable only by their shield devices.
The Cancellaria praetorians, led by what appears to be a beneficiarius, are wearing neither parade nor battle dress, but some sort of everyday service dress. Again it's basically the same as that worn by legionaries (tunica, focale, paenula). If some manufacturer decided to make a set of Roman soldiers dressed like this I'd certainly not mind. Useful for both legionaries and praetorians in everyday service uniform.
As for Roman heavy cavalry units I'd say yes, the first appear to have been raised under Hadrian.
I would delete now my option1 from the suggestions to Strelets, as I see no more need for praetorians. Alanger is making them. Equipped for battle, with crests and specific shields. Signifer with lionskin.
They seem fine to me, as this is the most probable way they looked on the battlefield.
Strelets could make them in other poses. We still lack sets of Romans who are standing on Parade ground etc.
One only has to read "The Civil War" by Julius Caesar to get an idea for possible future sets by Strelets.
With the tradition of ongoing struggles within the forces of Rome, you could literally pick which time frame and rival leaders to choose from.
With a thousand years of history, the possibilities are definately endless.
what would you think about a Palmyran army and a corps of Roman Dromedaries?
When I thought about Strelets Minisets I had more the later Imperial fighting guys in mind which are around 150-200 AD than the marching ones.
Most of the wars of this time were fought against the German tribes and in the east.
Of course earlier wars of Rome are still be very interesting. What about the sack of Rome 357 BC when we have Roman hoplites fighting the Celts or a civil war army with Caesar troops against the Augustians (which we can destroy in the Teutoburg forest).
But the main question was what enemies could be done to fight the new Miniset guys. So I have still the Jews and Germans in mind. Maybe another set of Parthians to have more poses beside HAT's excellent set?
More Parthians would be nice, especially as I don't subscribe to your view that the HaT Parthians are "excellent" (No, I'm not In Dubio ). My absolutely personal assessment of HaT's Parthians (friendly version): (Golden)
There can never be enough Parthians and Sassanids on the market
The army of Mithridates, King of Pontus if the roman set would suit the time of around 88BC. the roman war against Pontus held hugh importance for the romans, as it carried their empire into asia. Pompeys roman army against Mithridates greek/asian army what more could one ask for?
The only late-republican set proper for a fight with Mithridates is Italeri 1st century BC. Few poses, gladius scabbard on the right on one pose.
So many roman sets, and only one caesarian
Sorry, I wanted to say "gladius scabbard on the LEFT (and that is wrong) on one legionary pose"
My vote would be for the Parthians and Isrealites, as
quality sets of the Gauls and Germans have already been made. A civilian set like the medievil england set would be good and why not yet another set of gladiators.
Why not all of the suggestions so far, slowly but surely over the next few years produce all of Romes's enemies ancients like Napoleonics are always popular. Most collectors, wargamers, painters, love this era, and the figures I believe would be big sellers. I know that looking at the posts on this thread that I would buy most if not all of the figures suggested if they were to be produced.