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I think you should consider doing civilian 'under attack' sets for both Romanic & Medieval eras. villages were always coming under attack & we have only a handful of civilians to fall prey.
tho, just civilians would work too as supplying food & water to passing armies. These would be great for Napoleonics too.
All of the above please
The city of my abode is Roman (Isca Dumnoniiorum) and the local museum, now closed for rebuilding used to have, probably still does, a model of a Roman bath house. They also had a large model of a Roman barracks which had a bath house incorporated. These were based on local archaeological finds. Bathing and ablutions were an important part of Roman life. Very well documented and of course there is the City of Bath itself. Bathing therefore, could be one of the themes to base a set on.
The old Atlantic Greek Life in the Acropolis* focussed on a particular theme (festivals) and seemed so advanced when compared with some other Atlantic offerings. In fact some of these figures could be used as Romans, as Classical Greek fashions came in and out of vogue.
My suggestion for non military sets or ones that are both military and civilian therefore is to have a series of themes: festivals and religion (plagiarist that I am ), bathing,ablutions and recreation, trading, maritime and so on. When we say Romans I think we mean Pax Romana rather than the environs of Ancient Rome and its citizens.
Life in Roman Britain -Joan Alcock published by English Heritage, 1996 explores these themes with a British slant (though fairly universal in the Roman Empire and has a very good further reading section on this aspect of Roman history).
First, to test the water (bad pun), I would suggest Roman bath house and recreation figures - and all in the best possible taste.
* I have probably bought more of this Atlantic set than any other as the figures are so useful though I have a lot of sacrificed goat on an altar figures left over-any suggestions?. Some of the standing Greeks with head swaps even became Kenyan Mau Mau (actually a Kikiyu villager).
Greetings to Exeter from my home town "Colonia Victricensis"
Chariot and transport wagon set sedan chair
If you say gladiators and chariots you must also say spectators. I would build myself an arena and fill it with little plastic figures.
Now, if chariots, gladiators amd spectators will sell well, then we might also consider some border guards. I envision auxiliary with mixed Roman uniform and local clothing. That could be some fur coats for Germans, turbans for Arabs etc. Perhaps a bagpipe player for a troops garrisoned along the Hadrian wall.
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum is next to the Roman wall, still your Castle Museum is on the site of a Roman temple and is far more impressive than ours. Opposite my kitchen I can see dressed stones that look suspiciously like Roman ones filched from the city wall. The bath house was directly in front of the West front of the Cathedral. Roman, Norman, sieges, English civil War there are lots of similarities between Colonia Victricensis and Isca Dumnoniiorum.
sorry to interfere in your dialogue but what are the cities you are talking about? We are going for a UK tour in July, so that can become a place of a visit.
Exeter (Isca Dumnoniiorum) in Devon and Colchester (Colonia Victricensis) in Essex. Colchester was very much to do with Bodicea(Boudicca) and the rebellion of the Iceni and the English Civil War. Exeter has a cathedral which is the main visitor attraction.
One of he best places for Roman things is the Corinium Museum in Cirencester, Gloucestershire and not too far from Bath which is on most UK tours.
The weather was very poor in June. If July is the same it will be the worst summer on record. Let's hope not. I am going to do things to my house windows, garage then a redecorate so bad weather will make everything difficult. Alternatively I may paint up my Light Brigade figures. My daughter has a break from college so I have to fit in the building work in July or not at all. I fancy not at all - Monday I will feel different.
Good luck with your tour and keep an eye on the weather forecasts.
I'm not sure if I've ever been to Exeter(Isca Dumnoniiorum) but ive been to many other Old Roman towns in Britain... If you really want Roman though you should visit Carlisle and Hadrians wall there you will find the greatest number of roman military sites and Museums in Britain.. Definatly worth going to....its difficult though to travel round england without stumbling on something Roman including the roads....The British Museum in london is worth a visit if your there, but you will need plenty of time for it....
Colchester (Camulodunum also known as Colonia Victricensis founded by Claudius, its his temple the castles built on)has good roman remains and a fairly good museum in the Norman Keep Built by William and is the biggest in england even bigger then the tower of london..
However I now live across the Rhine somewhere in Barbarian territory where rome never went and roman names mean little.....and the talk is more of the Varus Schlacht and slaughter of the Legions...
Die Varusschlacht...Romes greatest defeat?....
greetings to ironsides from the land of the cherusker, I can´t wait for next year, 09.09.09.Did Arminius have the date in mind ?? (though I still think Herr Clunn isn´t 100% correct)
Greeting Paul, I think the actual date in the year is unknown but must have been during the campaign season say april to october 9ad.. september is getting a little late I think and I would say its more likely the main event happened earlier in the year...Im certainly not convinced by the story on this site..
If varus was operating in "friendly" territory as this suggests would he have taken 3 complete legions plus auxiliarys with him, this would be enormously difficult to supply and probarbly not justified and would most likely be seen as beligerent by the local population...
This would make a good army on the march and battle Big box set and would probarbly sell well in Germany next year....
"Varus and the battle in the Teutoburger wald" set1 the army marches forth.
heres a link to a very good map detailing Roman sites in Britain notice the number of "temporary" marching forts..unfortunatly I know of nothing similar for germany yet...
look around the site you might suprised at the extent of the knowledge..