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Britons and Romans

Posted by Iceman1964 on 25 Jan 2023, 19:01

In 43 A.D. Roman emperor Claudius ordered to take Britannia to have a Triumph ceremony and celebrate his mighty.
4 legions (II Augusta, IX Hispana, XIV Gemina and XX Valeria Victrix) landed near Dover, after an initial rebellion of the legions terrorized to pass the Oceanus. The II legion was commanded by Vespasianus, later emperor himself.
Some of the Britons tribes submitted to Romans, others declared war, the Romans won the Medway battle and the emperor had his Triumph ceremony! By 46 A.D. the large part of the south of England was taken.
Only in 60 A.D. the Boudica rebellion initially put in crisis the roman power, but at the end also the warrior queen was defeated, and the roman empire arrived up to Scotland borders (except Wales and Cornwall).
Apart the Medway battle, the advancing Romans had to take many hill forts, characteristic Celtic fortresses, and my new diorama will show one of these fights.

As beginning I collected pictures on how were this hill forts (Google imagines it’s an unbelievable source of info for our hobby!), here below what I used for inspiration.

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The idea is to show the romans attack to the fort’s gate, obviously using their trademark formation, the testudo.
Let’s go with the fortifications:

Gate: using two of the towers of the Italeri Napoleonic accessory set plus sushi wood sticks

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Earth wall with wood revetment, made by polystyrene plus sprues recycling. The short trench in front of the gate is always from Italeri Napoleonic accessory set

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Wooden palisade, again from Italeri Napoleonic

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For the testudo penetrating through the gate door, I realize that such a dense group of soldiers is not possible to assembly directly on the diorama, with all the walls around, therefore I’ll make a base where I’ll build the soldiers and the ground, so I’ll have to just insert the “module” on the diorama (easy to say, I hope it will work !!).

White base for the future testudo

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Then walls completion : base creation, grass cover with holes for the figurines, the grass is made with one of those tissues used to clean the metallic pots, at the end of its life. I’ll have to paint it properly

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In the meantime, I have prepared the figurines, 70 between Britons and romans, Zvezda, Italeri and Linear, with some adaptation/modification

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Next step will be completion of walls and gate, then figurines painting.

Stay tuned :-D !
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 25 Jan 2023, 20:39

Wow, Iceman1964, it's really a huge project! The terrain in progress and the converted figures ready to be painted are sttunning. :love: :love: :love:

Its subject matter make it enormously interesting for me. I will follow with great attention all the novelties that you add to it. ;-)

Go on with it! :yeah:

Santi.
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Posted by Peter on 25 Jan 2023, 21:19

I will stay tuned for sure! Fantastic project! :thumbup:
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Posted by OwenChpw on 26 Jan 2023, 00:41

I support all Celtic projects, I like the prep work for the fortress and the scale of minis that still have to be painted, looking forward to seeing more stuff!
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Posted by MABO on 26 Jan 2023, 08:32

I stay tuned as well, thanks for sharing this project with us.
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Posted by Susofrick on 26 Jan 2023, 11:23

Also stay tuned! Drool-time!
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Posted by PaulRPetri on 26 Jan 2023, 15:13

That is very exciting I cannot wait to see it completed!
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Posted by Konrad on 26 Jan 2023, 15:38

PaulRPetri wrote:That is very exciting I cannot wait to see it completed!


I agree!
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Posted by Kekso on 27 Jan 2023, 12:55

Iceman1964 wrote:Stay tuned


I will :thumbup:
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Posted by sansovino on 28 Jan 2023, 17:42

A very nice project! Please more of it!
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Posted by Rich W on 30 Jan 2023, 23:33

A very exciting project to follow.
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Posted by Minuteman on 31 Jan 2023, 12:28

Looks like a great project!
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Posted by Ben90 on 31 Jan 2023, 17:35

Very interesting project. Romans... Gauls... you got my attention!
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