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PostPosted: Sun 21 Mar 2010 22:13 pm 
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This tooling was first issued from 1967 to 1978 and this 2008 re-issue is packaged in the customary (for figures) end-opening box with artwork depicting a foot soldier and four-horse charioteer in a classical setting. One Flying Hours token is printed on the box-side, alongside the Club Airfix logo. The box reverse illustrates the thirteen poses of the 30 figures and the chariot. The figures are moulded in light grey plastic. The pieces appear to be flash-free and well defined. A small flyer inside the box illustrates the assembly of the chariot.

Much has been learnt about the Roman army in the decades since Airfix added these figures to their Empire. No date is suggested by Airfix for these, although the choice of their opponents might suggest mid first century AD. There are six poses of swordsmen including one kneeling and one fallen, struck by an arrow. Two poses are of men with pilum. The archer pose depicts an Eastern auxiliary and the final figures are those of a signum, a centurion and two charioteers.

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From what I've read, the uniform worn and equipment used are a bit of a mish-mash from no particular historical period. The inclusion of the chariot appears spurious as the Romans did not use them in battle. They did use them for sport, but this type is too big for that. While the infantrymen are disappointing, the archers and officer figures are very good.
A mixed bag of figures  :juggle:

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PostPosted: Mon 22 Mar 2010 09:51 am 
Ayup Ratch...

Another nice review.

Mine were in a grey plastic if I remember aright from all those years ago. My Dad thought that the 'Pips' on the arms were flash, and trimmed them all off for me, so I couldn't mount any of the shields, so they always 'Lost' when they fought the Britons !

My mom always maintains that the Centurion on the Boxart looks like Stephen Boyd from the 'Sword and Sandal' Epics of the 60s !


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Looking at some of these poses - the guys in sentry poses, the guys chucking spears downwards -  it seems obvious that they were designed to go with the Roman Fort. Which came first, the legionaries or the fort?

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Ayup Beau...

No Idea, but i haven't looked in the History.

BTW, does your Signature mean:

'what goes around comes around' ?

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It does indeed!

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Looking at some of these poses - the guys in sentry poses, the guys chucking spears downwards

They're actually holding their pilums upside down  :airhead:

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Or perhaps catching one that's been thrown back.

No,wait a minute, you couldn't throw them back because the neck of the blade bent on impact.

Pole vaulting over a fallen opponent?

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That's exactly how I painted mine, 35 years ago using my Mum's oil paints.
Well if I squint a bit from about 10 ft away.
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Good review; I loved the Roman Fort and each time I see the box art I have fond memories. Does anybody know which mile fort it was based on? Was it an actual mile fort? And what would be the complement of troops stationed in it. Assuming one of the interior buildings is a stable block, then accommodation can only have been for about a dozen? Anybody else any thoughts, or do I need to get out more!


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You should get out more  :)
No, the fort is very loosely based on the wall forts (these had several designs) but all of them had stone walk ways not as shown here;
http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.org/about876.html

I loved this set when i was younger and have since aquired both the (original not hat remakes) of the Britons and the romans, but unfortunately not the fort ....Yet!!  :)

I´ll paint up some of my spare Romans and get em posted...memories :)  :)

My Romans set was grey plastic and it seems hat are still using the old Airfix mold but making them in silver plastic. The "HAT" sprue number is also 1730 !!

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Blimey seeing those figures reminded me of a friend having that set when i was a kid back in the 60's lol

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Did I not say that their uniforms are inaccurate  :shrug:
Whilst the information may have been out there, 43 years ago the average modeller was less discerning than today's wargamers  :geek:  These were made for kids to play with rather than an accurate portrayal of a particular Roman unit at a specific time  :roll:
And there is no fort in this kit  :naughty:

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Whilst searching for something else, I came across this  :arrow:

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According to plasticsoldierreview the Romans are a bit dodgy, but the Ancient Britons pretty good. I had both as a kid. I bought the Romans at the Harrow Model Shop one afternoon, and while waiting to rendezvous with the 'rents at the back entrance to Debenhams, I eagerly opened the box and instantly lost one of the chariot wheels...:-(



Both the Romans and the Britons are heavily influenced by 19th century illustrations, Airfix were unlucky and cut the moulds before more modern interpretations appeared. The lorica is the button-up sort inspired by von Groller's work and bears little resemblance to the stuff I used to wear (not talking past-life here  :D ). The Roman chariot is also v dubious for military use, but it does look like film representations so it's not a total loss.

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Historically accurate or not...I love them....lots of happy childhood memories with theis lot...Pity I haven´t got the fort anymore  :(

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With the larger scale figures such as the 1/12 kits it is often possible to identify the source painting, but the early 1/76 figures were rarely as well researched. Quite often you got 1/76 figures that differed from the same subject in 1/32 and differed again from the 54mm kits. The Highlanders are an example.

I reckon the Romans were a guess based on the movies. They look more like Romans than anything else so as Ratch says the target market would have been fine with them.

If you look at the scenes roughly 6 minutes in in this YouTube clip I think we have another plausible source of "Roman" uniform...

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