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  1. The winter snows came early in 601 AD, the Angle king of Bernicia, Aethelfrith has not long won a great victory over the Gododdin at Catraeth and warrior bands scour the land. One such group comes across the old fort of Raxtomessavadum, unbeknown to then once maned my their mercenary forefathers. There they find the fort abandoned except for two romano-british hermit's, Sabinus and Aneirin who call down curses on the pagan invaders. Aneirin is cut down, while the drunken Angles use Sabinus as a butt and laugh at how his god cannot save him. Fast forward to the spring of 638AD and the new king Oswald visits the site of the martyrdom, surveying the land he tells his architect of the chapel he wants built to commemorate the two hermit's and to pay his dues for the actions of his father's men.
  2. In the year 122AD the Emperor Hadrian ordered the building of a wall across the northern expanse of Britannia. Each mile there was to be a small fort, the purpose of which was twofold, to provide a watchful garrison and to allow for passage through the wall for trade and forays. One such mile castle was sited overlooking a ford, the legion assigned to its construction, Legio I Sionicus. The legionaries constructed a short axis fort and wall that spanned the river on pillars sunk into the river bed. The fort interior provided a small barracks block for 8 men, a store room and a small stabling area for a single horse. The fort successfully weathered the trials and troubles of the frontier with many raids from Caledonian tribesmen. By the mid 4th Century AD however the series of civil wars was taking its toll on the military presence in Britannia, this culminated in 407 AD with Constantine III withdrawing the remaining forces from Raxtomessavadum for his campaign on the continent. The fort, inhabited almost continually for 250 odd years now slowly falls into disrepair and ruin, anything of value being stripped and its stones robbed.
  3. I'm a huge fan of roman history and wanted to build a roman army but unfortunately LEGO produced just 3 Romans - 2 soldiers and one emperor. The roman legionnaire (col090) came with a red tunica, a lorica segmentata (laminar armour), a cingulum militare (belt), a galea (helmet), a scutum (shield) and a spear. Nowadays the minifigure is expensive as hell. The roman commander (col147) came with a dark red tunica, a lorica musculata (muscle cuirass), dark brown pteruges (leather strips) at the waist, a galea with a crista transversa (crosswise helmet crest), a dark red cape and a gladius (sword). The crosswise helmet crest identifies him as a centurion. I found it quite monotonous to build an army of just two types of soldiers so I looked for other minifigure parts to pimp them up or create different types of uniforms. As I'm a purist I only used genuine LEGO parts and no 3rd party parts. First, I thought the legionnaire was quite "naked", so I added red short sleeves to his tunica, shoulder armor for the lorica and a red cape. As roman legionnaires didn't carry spears but pili, I built a pilum consisting of a harpoon, a lightsaber hilt and a 3l bar. Some of my legionnaires wear a leather utility belt (from Catman). I also found the centurion naked, so I added dark brown short sleeves to depict leather pteruges protecting his shoulders. I gave him a vitis (vine staff) as symbol of his rank and authority. Now I started to create some new types of troops. As the only other scutum produced by LEGO is the black Baturion (coltlbm24) shield, I decided to make some soldiers with a darker color scheme. Because the black shields look similar to the pretorian shields from the 2000 movie "Gladiator", it seemed obvious to build some pretorians. I took the commander torso (which ist the darkest torso) and looked for other legs assemblies that look "roman". The only two good looking legs assemblies are from the Gladiator (col066), which has pteruges and dark tan boots, and from Sherry Scratchen-Post (coltlm2-6), which also features pteruges but dark brown boots. I chose the darker one (Sherry Scratchen-Post) and added a dark purple cape, dark purple short sleeves and a black pilum. Voilá: A "Gladiator"-style pretorian. Next, I needed some cavalry. Roman cavalrymen wore lorica hamata (chain mail) which is more flexible on horseback. They also carried spears and a parma (oval shield). The most realistic chain mail is the Kingdoms series chain mail of 2010. As I haven't used the Gladiator (col066) legs assembly with the dark tan boots yet and boots seem to be a logical equipment for riders, I decided to combine the chain mail with dark tan boots. Matching dark tan short sleeves and a dark tan cape complete the cavalryman. Unfortunately LEGO sells only odd oval shields, so I had to use a round shield. The archer auxiliarii have nearly the same outfit but they wear an etruscan helmet (from the Prince of Persia sets) instead of the galea. I had a lot of capes, so I made some cold weather gear soldiers with long sleeves and a second cape over the shoulder. Officers and NCOs The legion is commanded by a legatus (legate). To emphasize his position I gave him a unique color - white. I took the helmet crest from Battle Goddess (col183) and white boots and skirt that resembles pteruges from Tennis Player (col269). The legate wears an officer's bronze muscle cuirass from Spartan Warrior (col018). White short sleeves and a white cape complete his outfit. The second in command is the tribunus (tribune). He also wears the officer's bronze muscle cuirass but the more common dark tan boots. I added a fur overcoat inspired by the character of Maximus from "Gladiator". The signifer bore the standard for a cohort or century. As I haven't used the third typical roman armor yet, the lorica squamata (scale mail), I decided to equip him with that armor. The scale mail torso is from the 1988/89 castle sets. Signiferi mostly wore bearskins over their helmet, but as there are no bear headgears I used a fox/wolf headgear (as it is often depicted in modern media). The signum had a small statuette of an animal at the top and several phalarae (medaillons) were mounted to the staff. The signifer carried a parma for protection, lacking a oval shield I gave him a round shield too. The pretorians have their own signifer. He wears dark purple clothes and a leopard fur over his helmet (as seen in "Gladiator"). The vexillifer bore the banner. In order to distinguish him from the signifer, I used the chain mail instead of the scale mail and a regular helmet with feathers. The cornicen played the cornu, a big round horn. I made the cornu of 1 nozzle, 2 sausages (!), 2 hinges and 1 cone. Update 2020/08: As I got a new blue cape, I decided to make a naval commander (the historical sources state that naval officers wore blue capes, seriously). I added the legs assembly from Cheerleader (col002) to depict white pteruges with blue decorations. A victorious military commander on his horse. To emphasize his festive apparel I gave him the pearl gold muscular armor from Flying Warrior (col233), the large cape from Queen (col243) and the headgear with gold laurel wreath from Roman Emperor (col133). A cavalry (see above) signifer (see above) on horseback. A roman officer without his armor. In the 2016 movie "Ben Hur" roman soldiers wear light leather vests under their metal armors to protect themselves from chafing. The leather vest is from Hun Warrior (col180). I added arms with wristbands. Update 2020/12: With the release of the 2nd Harry Potter Collectible Minifigure series I was able to get a lion hide headgear from Luna Lovegood (colhp27). This part is perfect to make an aquilifer who usually wore a lion hide over his helmet. The aquilifer bore the aquila, the eagle of the legion. The staff of the aquila wasn't decorated with phalarae. The aquila was the most important and sacred idol of the legion and was defended at all costs. A veteran centurion with a neckerchief. A legionnaire without his helmet. The idea of a bandana came from the movie "Gladiator". A legionnaire off duty. Legionnaires wore their cingulum also off duty to show their status as soldier. The torso is from the Star Wars Royal Guard. An officer with bare chest. A fancy black dressed officer. Some civilians. The first one wears a toga from Roman Emperor (col133) the others wear a knee long tunica with short sleeves. Women may not be missing of course. They are created from different female parts from Battle Goddess (col183), Lady Liberty (col048) and Star Wars Princess Leia. I used hairpieces with typical roman hairstyles (many curls and braided updos). Update 2021/07: The optio was the second-in-command of a century. He wears a plume on his helmet and a hastile (staff) which was used to keep the legionaries in line. The praefectus alae was the cavalry (see above) commander. He wears the same dark tan cape and boots as the cavalry auxiliarii but the muscular armor from Roman Commander (col147) and the fur overcoat from Queen (col243). To emphasize his position I added a small yellow helmet crest (hairpiece from Captain Marvel (sh641). I reworked the legatus (see above) and gave him a plain white skirt from Tennis Player (col046)... ...because I needed the skirt with the dark red decoration for the legatus Augusti pro praetore (pro-praetor). The pro-praetor was the govenor of a province and commanded the legions that were stationed there. Pro-praetors wore tunics with a band of purple so the legs assembly from Tennis Player (col269) was perfect. A matching purple cape and the golden muscle cuirass from Flying Warrior (col233) complete his outfit. The numerus Batavorum was the imperial personal guard. Because the early emperors didn't trust the political powerful pretorians they established their own personal bodyguard recruited from Germanic tribes or other foreigners. The bodyguard wears a bronze splendor armor from Spartan Warrior (col018), an golden shield with an eagle from Aztec Warrior (col098) and a spear with a golden tip.
  4. Roman amphitheatre Inspired by: Colosseum in Rome, Italy (built in 70-80 AD) This building is a part of a series of 21 buildings built in different architectural styles. Each building is built on one 32x32 baseplate:
  5. Hello This is a wip of second part of my Roman Imperial Fora reconstruction project. I completed the Temple of Mars Ultor (avenger), which the Emperor August built as a tribute for the victory over the assassins of Julius Caesar. The temple consists of more than 40.000 pieces, the dimensions are about 60x100 cm, (each column consists of more than 380 elements). I used many different techniques and spent a lot of time studying the details, to give the idea of the grandeur of the building in the best way possible. I also recreated the inside of the temple, where the war trophies of Roman Legion were kept. Each trophy is different from the other. At each side of the temple there are two triumphal arches dedicated to Drusus Minor and Germanicus, son and nephew of Tiberius. I am currently planning the statue of worship that was placed in the apse and I'm collecting the pieces to make the huge square that stood in front of the temple The last step will be the realization of the portico that will allow to join this Forum to the Forum of Nerva, already realized, in order to create a unique diorama This image gives an idea of how the diorama will appear Thanks for looking. Any comments/feedback welcomed
  6. Macsen Wledig

    MOC: Hadrian's Wall

    Hi there I’ve just finished a series of MOCs about the life of a Milecastle on Hadrian’s Wall and thought I’d share it with you. For those who don’t know, Hadrian's Wall was a defensive fortification in Roman Britain built between AD 122 and AD 126, during the rule of the eponymous Emperor. It stretched some 120km between the Solway Firth in the west to the Tyne Estuary east. Along it were placed Milecastles, located at regular intervals of one Roman Mile (approx. 1.5km). Barracks and facilities for cooking and storage were provided at each, with the garrisons varying in number, up to a maximum of 64 troops. The wall was built by the three legions stationed in Britain at the time – the II Augusta, the VI Victrix and the XX Valeria Victrix. Work commenced with the construction of the wall’s Milecastles and turrets (two between each Milecastle). The wall itself was then built between the Milecastles and turrets joining them together. The wall was also enclosed by a V-shaped ditch to the north and another ditch and attendant earthworks to the south; the latter feature being known as the Vallum. Though Hadrian’s Wall was built by the legions, it was manned by auxiliaries. These included cavalry and all types of light infantry. Auxillia were originally formed from frontier populations to fight in their homelands using their local knowledge. However, following events such as the Revolt of the Batavi in AD 69, they were relocated to other parts of the Empire. Consequently, Hadrian’s Wall found itself garrisoned by Batavian and Tungrian Cohorts amongst others. The final scene depicts the events of AD 180 when Caledonian tribes crossed Hadrian’s Wall, overwhelming its garrisons and killing their commanding officer or governor (possibly Caerellius Oriscus). The tribes proceeded to enter the Province of Britannia in what Cassius Dio described as the most serious war of the Emperor Commodus’ reign. In response Commodus dispatched the province’s former governor Ulpius Marcellus to repel the invaders. According to Dio, control was not fully regained until AD184, though archaeological evidence suggests trouble continued until at least 186/7. Marcellus conducted his own invasion into Caledonia and is thought to have reoccupied the Antonine Wall, which runs between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde, for a short period. He was ultimately forced back to Hadrian’s Wall however, hampered by the mutinous British Legions, who would later put forward their own usurper to the imperial throne. The wall would remain occupied by Roman troops until their withdrawal from Britain in around AD 410. In time the wall fell into ruin and over the centuries the stone was reused in other local buildings. In 1987 the remains of the wall were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in 2005 it became part of the transnational "Frontiers of the Roman Empire" World Heritage Site, which also includes sites in Germany. Many thanks for viewing; constructive criticism welcome Cheers! MW Edit: a full set of photos can now be found on Mocpages and Flickr.
  7. Hi, Here I'm posting all my custom minifigs the days to come. I started back in early 2017 with building again and between builds I started with the customization of minifigs. If you like what you see give me a follow on Flickr, Instagram, Facebook and/or Pinterest. First attempt The Knights Templar Sergeant By Barthezz Brick 4 by Barthezz Brick, on Flickr Second attempt The Knights Templar Pikemen By Barthezz Brick 2 by Barthezz Brick, on Flickr Third attempt Templar Longbowman By Barthezz Brick 6 by Barthezz Brick, on Flickr You can find more detailed pictures in the album on Flickr. Greetings Barthezz Brick
  8. OK, at this point, a small series of sets covering the Ancient World is essentially inevitable... All the molds have already been made, and it is just a matter of time now... So here is an ambitious new attempt to make a series of sets through Cuusoo. I designed a series of 8 of them, ranging all the way from $30 to $300, including different sets for Greece, Rome, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Stonehenge, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Nexus of Bifrost. Please have a look, I'd love to hear everyone's feedback, and then you can come to vote on all of them for free at LEGO Cuusoo! And I will incorporate everyone's suggestions as soon as I can! Thanks Again! =D therealindy (Archaeology, Ancient, History, Greece, Greek, Rome, Roman, Alexandria, Egypt, Celtic, Stonehenge, Garden, Babylon, Viking, Bifrost, Wonders of the World)
  9. Hello Everybody, So excited to finally post my very first moc. This is a little scene of roman warriors leaving their home town to leave to war. They are all gathering and moving to the port and ship off to conquer some new land. Hope you like it. Any advice, tip or anything is SUPER appreciated. Hope you like it. Thanks for dropping by!


    Hey Guys! I finished a MOC based on an Ancient city of Rome, In my Flickr you can find more pictures about this Diorama, I wish you like it I've been inspired by the Videogame Imperivm Civitas II as you can see in the houses style. The Governor by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Ancient Roman City LEGO by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Domus Flavia and Roses Market by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Roman Forum by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Ancient Roman City LEGO by Etel Enzos, en Flickr Neptuno Fountain and Mars Temple by Etel Enzos, en Flickr
  11. Jourianbax

    Roman Layout

    Hello all, Here are some pictures of my Roman Layout I made for Legoworld 2017 in Utrecht (The Netherlands). The build took me around a full year. Feedback is allways welcome! My Roman City layout @Legoworld 2017 by Jourian Bax, on Flickr My Roman City layout @Legoworld 2017 by Jourian Bax, on Flickr My Roman City layout @Legoworld 2017 by Jourian Bax, on Flickr My Roman City layout @Legoworld 2017 by Jourian Bax, on Flickr
  12. LegoAcklay

    [MOC] Four-Towered Castle

    After finishing it and creating minifigures I uploaded it to LEGO Ideas which you can find here: Four-Towered Castle It contains some extra information such as piece counts. Feel free to leave a support on the LEGO Ideas site if you like it. 3D Model view here on Sketchfab: Four-Towered Castle The Full Inside view. Note that the castle is made in a "L" shaped layout. The left/West Entrance. Notice the flaps that would allow archers/crossbowmen to fire through and take cover. The inside side of the West entrance. Entrance to the hall from the courtyard/bailey. The alchemy room. With a green substance in a flask and a chandelier below the tall ceiling. The certainly need a ladder here. A tower with a wooden hoarding around it. Crossbows are stored here. The armoury. Along with the stacked sword it has a bed for a soldier here as well. View above the towers. Better view of the catapult and the winch for raising the portcullis. Inside the shack extension. The Great Hall. Turnable fire in the great hall's fireplace. Winch which you can rotate the fire and exterior of the hall. Drawbridge Outside. Gate Inside. Chest room. Stone Sigil. Walkway. Romans with a catapult & Celtic Warriors. Upper view.
  13. Hello This is The Forum of Nerva, my first MOC and the first step of a larger project that will include the reconstruction of all Imperial Fora of the Ancient Rome. In the Forum you will find The temple of Minerva on the Western End, and the Temple of Janus at the center of the square. On the East End there are three openings on the Roman Forum with a triumphal arch, and a scene with legionaries standing in formation in front of the Emperor. Behind the Temple of Minerva there is also the monumental entrance at the Imperial Fora, an exedra porticata called Porticus Absidata. At this time i'm working on my new project, the forum of Augustus, but I also plan to set the interior of the temple of Janus and to create roman citizens minifigures. Thanks for looking Any comments/feedback/suggestion welcomed
  14. Ilija Simon

    [MOC] Diocletian's palace

    Dear EuroBickers, let me share with you my Lego Ideas project which is submitted for voting on 19.04.2016. and currently has 1.439 votes with 488 days to go. The creation is Lego Diocletian's Palace from 305. AD and it represents one of the world best preserved Roman monuments and it is part of the UNESCO heritage. Also, nowdays it is the center of my hometown, Split, Croatia. -snip- Thank you for your time and please let me know what you think about my project!
  15. Had to drag this large build out to move for a basement remodel. Felt inspired to take one quick pic On the way to the forum by turd ferguson, on Flickr
  16. Not much to say about this build, except that the road was a colossal pain! One of my biggest builds to date - though I'm working on something bigger right now! Got some good use out of those corner tiles, too. And lastly, my eagle. Which I had been planning on changing to black but totally forgot. C&C are always welcome! Thank you very much for looking!
  17. Welcome to the Colosseum in Italy. I fully understand that some AFOLS have already built it and they did a fantastic job. I also love the Colosseum. I would like to build my own but rather I try not to follow the footsteps of my predecessors. Therefore, I try to build it small. To the best of my knowledge, perhaps this is quite original. Only several pieces of basic bricks are used. Instead, the major parts I used are technic bricks, hose, jumpers and binoculars. The building process requires exceptional patience. I have to look for a good curve which finally turns to be imperfect, but I am afraid that is the best I can do. This MOC won't be a LEGO IDEA project. I think TLG won't allow it to become an official set simply because the set is not sturdy. Yes, pieces won't fall out when I move it from one place to another, but it will change shape. I need to readjust the positions of binoculars...
  18. We go very far back in time with this collaborative diorama that is currently exposed in Utebo (Zaragoza- Spain ) with other wonderful works. Contrebia Leucade or Leukade was celtíbera city conquered by the Roman Empire in the first century , a siege of 44 days as Titus Livius wrote in his History of Rome In the diorama participate : Hyperion , which has been the promoter and ideologist of it and who has borne most of the construction work Praetorian Dongo Dr Who Gobernador The diorama has many details, some perhaps ... for adoult public ;) .. so I leave them in flickr gallery I put some pictures: More photos:
  19. Mark of Falworth

    The Battle of Paphos.

    The Battle of Paphos. by Mark E., on Flickr The Column Cornered! by Mark E., on Flickr Attacked in the back! by Mark E., on Flickr My latest Roman/Greek inspired MOC for my Neo Pieria series! Hope you guys like it!
  20. Mark of Falworth

    (MOC figs) Ancient Themed Armies.

    The Tylisians of Lampsacus. by Mark of Falworth, on Flickr Legio IV Abydus "The Northern Legion" by Mark of Falworth, on Flickr I'm really liking these guys! More on Facebook and Flickr!
  21. Mark of Falworth

    The Conquest of Lampsacus.

    The Conquest of Lampsacus by Mark of Falworth, on Flickr The Conquest of Lampsacus by Mark of Falworth, on Flickr The Conquest of Lampsacus by Mark of Falworth, on Flickr Enjoy!
  22. Mark of Falworth

    The Battle of Tigranocerta

    The Battle of Tigranocerta by Mark of Falworth, on Flickr Another Roman scene! More info on Flickr! Enjoy!
  23. Mark of Falworth

    (Moc) War has come...

    War has come... by Mark of Falworth, on Flickr My latest creation featuring some new parts I got yesterday! Gotta love those dark red brick bricks!
  24. Sigolf Brimabane

    [LDD MOC] Roman Villa

    This is a humble Roman Villa that I worked on in LDD for a while... I never finished it but I am quite satisfied with it, so I'd like to share it with you. I would love to build it in real bricks, but I don't think that will be possible anytime soon. When I stopped building the piece count was over 10,000. And if I ever built it in bricks I'd want to make an interior and have figures. Without further ado, here it is: Pattern on the ground in the garden: Closeup on the wall (inspired by Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome):