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Set 19

Roman Roads

All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2003
Contents 1 or 2 figures
Poses 1 or 2 poses
Material Resin
Colours Light Grey
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)


This is undoubtedly one of the strangest set ever produced, and also probably the one with the least content. What you get is two slabs of resin with a cobbled type of pattern lightly engraved on one surface, plus one figure. The two slabs are quite roughly cut and the examples we looked at were somewhat bowed. As can be seen from the images, they do not share any common dimensions, so can't really be placed together to form the titular road. We found it impossible to understand why anyone would want these.

The one and only figure is of a soldier lying down, resting on one arm and holding his shield across his body. Exactly what he is doing is not apparent, and what he has to do with roads is anyone's guess. Surely such a set should include men working on the road, dressed in working clothes and using tools? This man is wearing the square pectoral plate of the Republican period, but he also wears a helmet of the classic Imperial Gallic type, so his costume is from two different periods.

This set is a mess, and it is very hard to see why anyone would want to own it.

After this set was released, an expanded version appeared which includes the items shown on the second scan above. The new parts are a pile of stakes, a small collection of bricks or stones, and a kneeling figure holding a shield. This man is wearing nothing but his tunic, and though he has a shield he seems to be unarmed. Perhaps he was in the work gang when they were surprised by an attack and were unable to reach their weapons.

Well the extra pieces may add a bit more to the set, but still there is little that is particularly relevant to the business of road-making.

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