El Viejo Dragón Miniaturas’ CG130 ‘Roman Legionary, Sertorian Army, North Hispania, 74BC’ is a 54mm white metal figure sculpted by JR Arredondo. The figure, representing a Republican Roman legionary with some Iberian influences, assumes a classical figure pose.
This figure features a Roman Legionary serving in Quintus Sertorius’ army during the Sertorial Wars which took place in Hispania. The legionary is typically attired for a Roman legionary of the Late Republican period, with a small amount of Iberian influence to depict him as being a member of the Sertorian Army.
Like most Republic infantrymen, this legionary wears a mail cuirass with shoulder guards over his tunic and a montefortino helmet with a black plume. He wears a sword on his right hip and carries a decorated scutum (Roman shield).
What distinguishes this legionary as being a member of Sertorius’ army, in addition to the black plume and design on the scutum, are items of Iberian influence like the black cloak and leather boots.
What’s in the box?
The figure, cast in white metal, comes in a kit form consisting of four (4) pieces, as well as a small cream coloured resin base. The kit is packaged in a medium weight cardboard box, with the figure’s parts inside a zip-lock bag, wrapped in a small section of bubble-wrap. A painting guide and short historical reference in Spanish and English is provided.
The figure consists of the following white metal parts: The figure proper (sans left arm);
And scutum (shield).
The figure is generally very well sculpted, and the sculptor has achieved the classic pose quite well. The casting is excellent, with only very minor seams.
The figure proper is a single piece cast consisting of the head, torso, right arm and both legs. This piece is in a whole well rendered. The face is well sculpted although I do find it somewhat expressionless. The montefortino helmet is very nicely and cleanly sculpted, and the horsehair plume flows and is well textured. The only flaw I can pick up with regards to the head is a miniscule seam line on the neck behind the right cheek guard. This is a small flaw, but one which may stand more boldly once the figure has been painted.
The rest of the figure proper is similarly sculpted and cast: well detailed and cleanly cast. The legionary’s cloak drapes realistically under and then over his right arm with folds gathering in all the right places. The mail cuirass is finely detailed; however I do feel in places it requires more definition.
As I have mentioned, the casting on this figure is very clean. The only seam lines I could find were very fine ones that run down the right side of the figure along the arm, cloak and right leg. There are also some barely visible seams along the left leg. These are easily addressed with some fine grit sandpaper.
The remaining two pieces, the left arm, sword scabbard and scutum, are as the rest of the parts, nicely rendered and cleanly cast. The only seam present here was along the arm. Once again, these are easily rubbed down in seconds.
The resin groundwork/base provided with the kit is very neat, albeit somewhat plain. Like the rest of the kit is cleanly sculpted and cast – indeed there is not a blemish in sight.
Assembling this kit is very easy as everything literally just slots into place. For the purposes of this review I have simply tacked the figures together with the local equivalent of “Blu-tac”.
Something which was lacking on some of the other EVD figures I have been fortunate to review were pin locator sockets for part fitment. I am pleased to note that these are present on this figure.
The left arm fits easily, with the locator pin sliding comfortably into its mate. I would recommend shortening the pin slightly so that the arm sits flush with the tunic sleeve. Once the arm is fixed the shield can be fitted. The shield has a recess in the reverse of the centre boss into which the hand is placed. Hopefully without stating the obvious, I definitely advocate not fitting the shield until the painting is completed, otherwise it will be very difficult to paint the left side of the torso and the inside of the shield.
The last piece to be fitted to the figure is the sword scabbard. The scabbard simply slides into a recess under the cloak on the rear right hip. The recess has been made in such a manner that it appears as though the cloak flows over the scabbard.
The final assembly step is that of fitting the figure to the base, to which it did not fit too easily. The foot slots on the base have been made a bit smaller that the counterparts on the figure’s feet. This should not, however, be an issue for most modellers to quickly correct.
EVD’s ‘Roman Legionary, Sertorian Army, North Hispania, 74BC’ is a well sculpted figure in a classical pose. While many may think the classical pose as unanimated, it must be borne in mind that it is this very pose that appeals to figure painters as it best displays the figure and period dress.
I think this subject rather unique as well; I have not seen many Roman figures commemorating this particular period of the Republic.
The casting is very clean with only the odd bit of very light sanding required. The addition of locator pins and sockets makes assembly simple.
El Viejo Dragón Miniaturas’ ‘Roman Legionary, Sertorian Army, North Hispania, 74BC’ is a well sculpted figure which, retailing at £11.99 (GBP) from El Greco Miniatures is competitively priced and less than similar offerings from more well-known brands. This good valued for money figure will make an attractive and interesting addition to any collection.
Historicus Forma thanks El Greco Miniatures, who supplied the sample on behalf of EVD for the purposed of this review.
The following references were used for this review: “The Roman Legions Recreated in Colour Photographs”. Europa Militaria Special No.2. Daniel Peterson. The Crowood Press. 1998.
“Republican Roman Army 200-104BC”. Men-At-Arms Series 291. Nick Sekunda and Angus McBride. Osprey Publishing. 1996.
“Armies of the Carthaginian Wars 265-146BC”. Men-At-Arms Series 121.Terence Wise and Richard Hook. Osprey Publishing. 1993.