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Author Topic: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic  (Read 1640 times)

Offline anton ryzbak

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28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« on: September 23, 2021, 02:21:36 PM »


I just picked up a box of these little beauties from my local game store. They are very impressive. Tons of posing options, superb detail. A full photo survey on my blog https://antonswargame.blogspot.com/2021/09/wargames-atlantic-28mm-late-roman.html


Offline Maniac

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2021, 03:50:38 PM »
How do they compare to Gripping Beast's plastic Late Romans?  A quick overview of the sprue seems to look like it isn't a big step change.  Would the parts be swapable?  I.E. Can I use an Atlantic head on a GB body (knowing putty work may be involved in the neck area)?
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Offline tomek917

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2021, 04:50:00 PM »
I just got a box too, they look great, the detail is fantastic!

They also ”look” like toy soldiers and not 3d-renders which I think is great.

How do they compare to Gripping Beast's plastic Late Romans?
I don’t have any of GB’s late romans but I have their Saxons and could do a comparison shot if you’d like?

Offline Psychlic Bob

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2021, 09:19:50 PM »
Pro = The detail (faces excepted) and casting is very good. Accuracy is impressive. Parts look compatible with other plastics
Cons = Faces are not good. Shields are waaaaay too big, Swords in scabbards are waaayy too long. There is a weird angle to the shoulder joint.

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2021, 02:30:55 AM »
Isn’t  the sword the longer spatha?


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Offline anton ryzbak

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2021, 04:00:34 AM »


I just built four of the Wargames Atlantic figures and did a side-by-side comparison with my existing Gripping Beast Late Romans  https://antonswargame.blogspot.com/2021/09/size-comparison-between-wargames.html

Offline Ethelred the Almost Ready

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2021, 04:49:01 AM »
They are nice figures, but they will not be too useful for kitbashing - they look quite large.  Doing a head swap will either make them look like pin heads or make other figures look like a Zeppelin has parked itself on their shoulders.

Offline Mad Doc Morris

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2021, 03:33:15 PM »
Thanks for the review. Your pictures are much clearer than the ones I took for a short discussion of the set on Twitter (which therefore haven't appeared here). Since I focussed on the dreaded 'accuracy' of the set, I'd like to add my thoughts. If that's too much of a distraction for the OP, I'll gladly open a separate thread.

Essentially, I think this set is mislabelled. Yes, there is a good choice of helmet variants for the 4th (and 5th) century. Yes, the plumbatae/mattiobarboli/"darts" are an iconic 'Late Roman' piece of equipment. All other gear represents much better fashions of the (early) 3rd century – which apparently changed somewhen between 250 and 300 CE. Of course, one might easily look past small items like the belt or the dagger, and I'm just a stickler perhaps. Yet for 'historical wargaming' I'd rather wanted the product to fully embrace the period it's advertised to represent.

As it stands, though, the set will be most useful for people (like me) with an interest in the earlier period. Plastic 3rd century Romans, who would've thought of that even five years ago? Also, apart from the integrated dart holder, domed oval shields are a welcome addition to my arsenal. Given the measurements of the originals found at Dura Europos (about 115 x 95 cm) they don't look out of size to me.
Speaking of size, again these figures seem to fit in nicely with the 3rd century ranges by A&A and Aventine. As they're quite slender, they aren't even out of place if combined with Foundry's (Perry) Late Romans – if you really must.  ;D

FYI, here's a comparison shot (sorry, had no suitable Aventine mini at hand, but the one shown is by the same sculptor).



As I said, @anton ryzbak please let me know if you want me to move this somewhere else. :)
« Last Edit: September 24, 2021, 03:43:47 PM by Mad Doc Morris »

Offline bluewillow

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2021, 06:55:11 PM »
Thank you for the review Anton, I probably will pick some up to build my western Roman legionarys (already have A&A eastern army!)

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Offline AdamPHayes

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2021, 08:55:44 PM »
They are nice figures, but they will not be too useful for kitbashing - they look quite large.  Doing a head swap will either make them look like pin heads or make other figures look like a Zeppelin has parked itself on their shoulders.

The Arthurian heads from West Wind might work well as IIRC they are on the large size. Would be more typical for Late Empire styles too.

Offline Maniac

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2021, 11:51:35 AM »
Thanks for the comparisons, most helpful.

Offline 3Fingers2

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2021, 09:06:05 PM »
Out of interest are they same scale as the rest of the wargames Atlantic  range ?

Offline anton ryzbak

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2021, 12:22:14 AM »
They match-up rather well with other Wargames Atlantic p[roducts

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2021, 06:19:18 PM »
Thankyou  :)

Offline tin shed gamer

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Re: 28mm Late Roman Infantry from Wargames Atlantic
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2021, 07:19:35 PM »
Here's a Magister Militum shield done by yours truly. These chaps are worth looking up on Facebook. They're exceptionally well researched( including a doctorate in Roman military history amongst their founders) and have spent obscene money on authentic equipment .( each of them have at least one personal handmade helmet that cost more than my car.)
The brief was to reinterpret the ND illustration of shield into a form that could be copied using minimal brush strokes, zero skill and stencils. So it could be reproduced on mass or individually as new members join or equipment needs replacing.
The damned thing is turning up all over the place.

I've made just about every known varriant of late Roman shield. Personally I'd not be that bothered about the diameter of shields on miniatures the most telling feature is helmet closely followed by the weapons.
« Last Edit: October 12, 2021, 07:22:17 PM by tin shed gamer »

 

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