PAX ROMANA/”THEY SAY NO!”
This gallery reflects the struggle of Imperial Rome with the Germanic tribes in the area of the Rhine during the 1st Century. It is also intended to reflect the opening scene from Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. The figure riding between the lines is the decapitated Roman emissary whose misfortune caused Russell Crowe’s character to answer “They say no!” when asked by a subordinate Roman officer whether the Germanic tribes would submit peacefully to Roman rule.
The majority of figures on both sides are Old Glory Ancients, but they also include Essex, Corvus Belli, and Minifig. The Roman shields are completed with Veni Vidi Vici decals. A few of the Germanic shields also have Veni Vidi Vici decals, but the vast majority are handed painted.
Many of the Roman figures and some Germanic have experienced some modification. I am particularly pleased with the conversion of some Xyston Miniature Spartan generals into Roman officers. The decapitated figure is modified from an Old Glory Roman Officer, and the support structure rising from his neck area and shoulders is wire.
The war machines are by Old Glory and Hallmark.
The Roman marching fort is by Fire Base Miniatures. The Germanic village shown at the end of the gallery is scratch built by me using plastic, Green Putty, and Milliput. I made it many years ago, and still like it so I decided to put it in a the end even though it plays no part in the theme of the overall gallery, and frankly I didn’t do a very interesting job setting it out for this photo. In my defense that photo was a last minute idea and by that time I was pretty tired; the set up and take down for the Pax Romana Gallery took three hours.
The trees are from Grand Central Gems. I like the way they look, and they are relatively inexpensive when compared with other model-railroad tree products. The base cover used for the figures and trees is Woodland Scenics Fine Burnt Grass and Earth. The table cover is an old, much loved indoor-outdoor carpet that I had the wisdom/luck to buy a couple decades ago as it was going out of production. This was also used in the Samurai Gallery and the Wild West Gallery, and will be used in futures galleries as well. I have a tan indoor-outdoor carpet by the same company that I purchased at the same time, and that is used in desert scenes such as the Sudan in the late 19th Century and North Africa in World War II, but those remain to be photographed.
My thanks to my daughter for the photographic work.