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11 Dec 2012 3:05 p.m. PST
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jeeves11 Dec 2012 2:00 p.m. PST

Does anyone own these figures in 15mm? Are they good? Bad? What do you like about them? What figures from other lines mix well with them?

Who asked this joker11 Dec 2012 2:16 p.m. PST

I have some of the newer auxilia. They are nice sculpts, not oversized or squat. Generally good looking figures. I've seen pics of the other figures in the range. I like them well. My only gripe is that the shields and spears are separate which can be a challenge to keep stuck to the figure.

All the figures I've bought from Essex have mixed well with Corvus Belli, Old Glory and Freikorps. They look ok on the table with Xyston, but Xyston is notoriously large compared to other older ranges.

John

ashill211 Dec 2012 4:35 p.m. PST

I have a lot and I like them all except for the Legionary – I do not like the pose so I use BZA7 instead. OK it is a bit more early Byzantine than Late Roman but in 15mm, from 3 feet away, I don't notice it. Unless Essex has re-done this range very recently, I do not recall the Late Romans having separate shields and spears. BZA7 has a separate spear but the shield is cast on; I like the separate spear because it means I can easily replace it with a wire one that is far more robust. Can't comment on compatibility with other ranges as I only have Essex.

Who asked this joker11 Dec 2012 6:11 p.m. PST

I do not recall the Late Romans having separate shields and spears

RO53 was resculpted a few years ago. This figure here. link It comes in assorted poses. Not all shields may be separate either. It's been a while.

Twilight Samurai11 Dec 2012 7:30 p.m. PST

It's been sometime since I bought any Essex Late Romans, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

I like Essex, sculpting is always of a good standardand very easy to paint. Though there are some odd examples of awkward poses or too squat a sculpt, such as the Etruscan spearmen.

The Late Romans I have are all well sculpted to, what I think of as, the usual Essex high standard. I don't have any pictures of their mounted but they mix well with Old Glory.

Left, Essex Frank. Center and right Old Glory riders on Essex horses.

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What I beleive to be the current Late Roman legionary(RO51) backed by Legionary archers(RO52)

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The former version which I thought to be superior to their replacements.

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Here are my Auxilia backed by Auxilia archers, not sure if these are current since they look different to the site pictures ( some of the site pictures may be wrong, RO51a is obviously incorrect and all the archer listings seem to show Legionary archers).

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While Essex mix well with Old Glory, I'm not sure that it would do much to promote a uniformed unit look.

jeeves11 Dec 2012 7:59 p.m. PST

Wow, awesome. Thanks for all the photos.

Perris070711 Dec 2012 8:20 p.m. PST

That is a gorgeous little army! Well done.

ashill212 Dec 2012 4:34 a.m. PST

TS that is excellent brushwork, thanks for sharing.

IGWARG1 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Dec 2012 7:41 a.m. PST

I have a small army of them. I guess they are old, I wasn't aware that they redesigned their 15mm figures. They are all excellent poses and easy to paint. Both, infantry and cavalry, all types.

ancientsgamer12 Dec 2012 9:35 a.m. PST

The above pictures look the same as the Essex ones I have.
Another source for this period is Black Hat. They have the old Gladiator/Metal Magic line. You can get them at scalecreep.com in the U.S. I also like the Arthurian line from Old Glory 15s. The whole Spangenhelm thing is really neat :-)

Who asked this joker12 Dec 2012 9:50 a.m. PST

Those are the older versions of the RO53 code. I actually like them better. I prefer single casts. As they are Roman, I have no problem with a "drilled" look.

Yesthatphil12 Dec 2012 5:24 p.m. PST

I agree about the old Essex figures …

pikeman66626 Jul 2021 6:40 p.m. PST

Thanks for all the help. I located a possible source for some used figures and if need be, will use the newer castings to fill out the rest.

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