Sunday, 10 February 2013

Roman Construction (Linear-B)

Another great little addition to the ancient roman  civilian life, a roman Quarry/roadworkers gang.
14 bods on the sprue, the majority of them are the "forced labour" element.
The "slaves" all have either a metal band around thier necks or carry a recognition plaque.
Anyway, the are listed on the Linear-b site as " Roman Construction" and are due for release...Tomorrow (11.02.2013)
The pick (Dolabra) shovel and breaking iron crew.  


The two bods on the left are meant to work as a pair carrying a large wooden beam (supplied in the set) but I am going to use them as bods unloading a ship. The bod on the right should (I suppose) have rubble in the basket, but some sort of fruit or vegetables looks much better.


This pair carrying the stone suggests a set of quarry workers

As always, one poor worker getting told off for slacking. The original whip was a bit thick for my liking and got replaced.
 
The boss of the road crew and his chief engineer using a Groma.  The plumb lines attached to the Rostro (cross piece) are a bit "chunky" but this  is the first time I´ve seen a Groma represented in a "series" set
Roads were generally built by the legions and not civilians. That there are slaves and a Groma together in the set suggests a building project such as a road but it´s not inconcievable that a groma would find usage in a quarry etc. The one thing missing is a bod or two holding the measuring sticks used for aliginment, but that´s no problem to find a suitable bod for the job.

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21 comments:

  1. Thats a great find Paul I am always amazed by the sets you come up with!

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  2. Another great group you have here.

    Ian

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  3. They are looking great! Lots of work for them...Very nice pictures, once again!
    Phil.

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  4. Some hard workers, like them a lot!

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  5. Very nice set of figures - beautifully painted as always too. Reminds me of the scene in Barabbas. Best, Dean

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  6. Great work! Whose firm owns miniatures?

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    1. Thanks.
      They are listed on the Linear-b site under the name "construction".

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  7. An excellent group of figures and nicely painted

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  8. Really like this group Paul and smashing paint job as usual.

    PS I just got the first of the Arthurian Legends in the post from Tom Meier. The photos on the site don't do them justice. They are exquisite.

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  9. Thanks Paul, you're an endless source of news interesting set of figures ! :-)

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  10. great work Paul. looks like the military overseer is concerned about something... perhaps he realised what building 2 round towers and a wall looks like when you get the design wrong... oh dear someone else may also have to meet the whip today!

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  11. You should be hired by the figs companies...you do some wonderful work Paul! :)

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    1. Thanks my friend :-D
      If they hired me it would certainly save me having to look for a job but would they pay enough to keep me alive :-D

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  12. That's a good set! very unusual subject.
    I can't say that your painting is clean because those guys look to be very dirty!
    Good job!

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  13. You certainly know how to pick some very interesting character sets to paint. This one, for me, is superb. Well done, Mr. Bods.

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  14. You are to blame, Paul! Who told you that you were supposed to paint all together?! The workers do their jobs wherever they are needed and the Groma (with its user) goes with a legion working on the road, that Linear-B or Strelets will surely produce! :D

    Besides, according to the link you shared, it had other uses than building roads...

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  15. Another great set with superb painting.

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  16. I love these bods, Paul. The chap with the whip reminds me of my first job while I was in high school!
    I didn't know that Roman slaves wore recognition plaques. Just learned something

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