First up the artillery. I'm really happy with the scorpion boxed set. Although I am envious of the nice wicker ammunition baskets that come in the metal scorpion set.
I haven't done anything with the sudes though, I'm saving those to do some sections of entrenchments. I think an entire sprue of sudes would be a popular accessory. Every Roman army needs a marching camp.
Next, Cohors I Gallia Victrix.
|Detail of command stand|
These figures are very animated. Almost too animated. I found it very hard to rank them up on a 40x40mm base. The auxiliary thrusting forward with his spear is the biggest troublemaker. The figure stabbing overhand and the figure with the spear tucked underarm are the easiest figures to fit. I suppose if I were better with the greenstuff I could modify the pose to make the spacing tighter. For anyone using adaptations of Lord of the Rings or some other rules using 25mm circular bases these figures will be just fine.
You will notice that I've put my signifer and tubicen in the back rank, which is where they ought to be, safely out of harms way. The Optio is off on the left flank where he can keep people in line (although I think historically he should be bringing up the rear). My other criticism is that the transfer sheet doesn't have a circular transfer for the signifer. I had to cut a wreath from the center of one of the extra transfers on the sheet. But making the transfers clear so you can put the design over your choice of background colour is a nice way to save on some production costs.
Finally a group shot: