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Front Rank Roman Legionnaire with Pilum Extended in Testudo Formation (Minerva Legion Imperial Roman red shield)--single figure
Item Number: ROM064A
Type: Roman Legionary
Period: Roman Empire
Scale: 1/30 Scale
Front Rank Roman Legionnaire with Pilum Extended in Testudo Formation (Minerva Legion Imperial Roman red shield)
The Testudo was a formation where the legionnaires would align their shields to form a packed formation resembling a Tortoise. The men of the front rank would hold their shields from the height of their shins to their eye, so as to cover the formation’s front. The men in the back ranks would place their shields over their heads to protect the formation from above, balancing the shields on their helmets, if necessary. The Legionnaires on the sides and rear of the formation would stand sideways or even backwards with shields held the same as the front row to present an all-round defence. Although this was a great defensive formation that was useful in all kinds of scenarios, it was extremely difficult to move as one and a Testudo only covered ground very slowly once on the move. Our Testudo is one in the stationary defensive mode and we will be adding various other figures to enhance it throughout the coming months.
In the pictures attached, you would require 3 x ROM064 for the front rank, 2 x ROM065, 2 X ROM066, and 8 x ROM067 to make up a 15-man formation. You can increase or decrease as you see fit depending on the size of Testudo required.
The A version carries the Minerva Legion Imperial Roman red shield.
Final photos show the entire Testudo set up with the Red Shield.