PERMES ROMA AETERNA Series - Empire Legionnaires - Set #1
Well, I'm alive and (kinda slowly but still:) working on some new historical sets! So here's a brief overview of what to expect.
Well, I am still considering whether to make separate "faction" sets (like red / green / blue tunics, shields, baners etc. colours) - so you can put out two or three armies/factions (vide Roman Civil Wars) with full figurines line-up or perhaps 2 or 3 sets with less figurines but with more than one faction/colour.
I'd be more inclined to hope for a full set of minis, but in different armours of the same period. Right now, the illustration suggests the lorica segmentata armour of the 1st-2nd centuries AD/CE only, but monuments of the same period also show legionaries wearing mail or scale armour, and those options would seem at least as useful to gamers/modellers as alternative shield and perhaps tunic and plume colours. Are the various auxilia troops of the period also likely to become available (given they too will need mail or scale armours)?
pavaro Ad. turtle formation - there will be soldiers with a shield raised above head - however all 2D, so kinda yes, but some imagination and suspension of unbelief would be needed. There will be also legionnaires throwing pilum, fighting with gladius, in a running and kneeling position, then of course marching soldiers (Marius mule)
wyvern Ad. auxilia - yes, there will be auxiliary soldiers, but in a separate set. Simply there is way too many poses and versions to squeeze all of them into one set (then it would be not only big one but also rather expensive one:). Same with the Praetorian uard - I'm planning special set later on.
As for other armour versions - it is possible, especially that I already have scale and mail versions done (vide Roman Command set), but that's similar issue as with auxilia - difficult to fit everything just in one set. So at the beginning I decided to do perhaps the most "typical" or rather most recognizable (or popular in pop-culture:) version - which is Lorica Segmentata BTW same with scarf - there were different colours for individual legions... Well I know that it could be doable by applying layers, but then my old specialized software doesn't work with Win10, plus I've decided that it's not worth pay monthly Adobe subscription (especially that recent updates are in most cases not useful for me) and, last but not least, I'm not willing to struggle with some bunch of free/Open Source semi-replacements in order to put all work together:) So I'm kinda torn... Actually I'm tempted to eventually abandon Adobe ship and perhaps will turn to newest Serif software (Windows versions finally available), it's quite acclaimed, fast and seems reliable, plus you pay for only needed packages and just once - but until now I have returned to my old "box" PS version and old DTP package, so it's rather limited and unproductive with layers.
Actually previously kinda postponed legionnaires topic because I was aware that it might turn into rather really long series, with some sometimes minor figurines sub-versions and sub-sets
Before anyone asks - different versions of A-B side shields (ie various colours AND ornaments, more or less accurate and specific for real legions) are also considered.
Then legionnaires versions WITHOUT shields could be possible (so user can use whatever shield he likes/needs and place / position these individually) - but again, perhaps as separate MOD-KIT, or some sort of free bonus added after collecting basic sets
Anyway, decided to continue with this series with small steps, Wait what will be the results and perhaps some more feedback.
I appreciate the difficulties mesper! And of course someone will probably start asking for Roman Republic minis too... The Roman Empire armies are also ones that many wargamers know a lot about, because this is one of the most popular of the ancient wargame periods, so there are always going to be more requests than can possibly be managed in even a host of sets.
I didn't mention the possibility of using PDF layers as I remembered that conversation is one we've had before on this Forum, and it's perfectly reasonable you're not willing to go down that route. There are arguments both ways, though personally, I still find many of the layered PDFs run really slowly, to the point of crashing Adobe Reader quite frequently, and I'm using a fast, new computer (less than a year old) with plenty of RAM capacity and good graphics handling, plus the latest version of Adobe Reader. That suggests to me that some of the layered PDFs probably aren't being prepared properly, perhaps because people are trying to use cheaper Open Source replacements to generate the original files.
And naturally I'm still hoping for some ancient Hittite minis to go with your ancient Egyptians
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