The Legions (West).
As part of the Sevrean Dynasty project, I will build a big battle size Middle Imperial Roman for the Western Empire. Again, these would be primarily Old Glory 15s; legionary figures would be the same, but the auxiliaries would have the earlier body armour to make them distinct from the Eastern Auxilia. This would make identification easier when fighting battles during the civil war period.
Researching this further, the collection would be modelled after the units gathered by Septimius Severus for his campaigns against his rivals. These were taken from those serving the provinces of Pannonia and Moesia.and were the vexillations
of Legions and elite Auxilia units that served with Septimius Severus.
addition to the standard heavy cavalry units, there are two units of Contarii or
Cataphract which are an option.
Other than their outward
appearance, the two lists (Western and Eastern) are nearly identical.
Campaigning the civil wars are an option of course, but of greater interest are
the battles between Rome and the Sassanid. After completion, the Roman collection will number six commands each.
Although “Armies and Enemies of
Imperial Rome” depict shield patterns for Romans of this period, I actually
found a number of websites that offered good colour representations. Inspired by
these, I played with different shades of red and painted wings of either yellow,
near orange or white.
The two elements in the foreground are the I and II
Adiutrix (Marines) and behind are two elements each of X and XIV Gemina (Martia
Victrix). The tridents turned out passible, but the Dolphins, so-so. I am
pleased with the wings.
Part of the reforms set by Severus was a re-constituted Praetorian Guart and the II Parthica garrisoned outside of Rome. These two units are also represented here.