13 Bods, two Litters, Two mules, Two Oxen and a parrot.
The 10 Standing bods.....
They had a couple of species of parrots/Parakeets kept as pets in ancient Rome. My Version is a Ringnecked Parrakeet from India.
Another pair of Baiuli. The one at the front, getting the box bashing into him, looks like he has literally got the "bum deal"
A letica (transportable Couch) and the leticarii (Couch carriers)
So far, so good. Everything is fine. Very Little Flash to be dealt with, nice Details and poses. The Bods are a bit slimmer (more finely sculpted) than their previous contempories but fit well alongside them.
The other Transport Piece in the set. Where can I start?
The historical accuracy?
The earliest reference I can find to horse carried Sedan chairs (or litters) is from the medieval period. The best reference I found is a painting by Jean Fouquet about an Event in 1378 called Entrée de l'empereur Charles IV à Saint-Denis, or Entrée de l'empereur Charles IV devant Saint-Denis painted between 1455- 1460.
I´ve found no references to Roman litters, even ones for high Nobility, being carried by horses. That´s not to say the romans couldn´t have come up with the idea but , at time of writing and lacking any references..it´s historically innacurate to portray them doing so.
It doesn´t look like anything from the Roman period, it´s more a 17th / 18th century design.
The poles across the doors would mean they would have to be removed to let passengers in or out. Considering the length and possible weight of the carrying poles, and having to set the cab down and release the poles from the mules, this would be a difficult Task to say the least. Virtually every example of a sedan chair has an opening to the front but in this case it would again be impractical. The passengers would have to Exit between the cab and a mule (danger of getting kicked if at the front) and then duck under the pole.
Apart from that, it fits together reasonably well. The width of the carriage means the carrying poles need bending slightly inwards to make it possible to attach them to the mules but when attached they stay put.
The set Comes with three passenger bods. At a squeeze only two would fit and then opposite each other but it looked very uncomfortable.
Still, I like the look of the cab and I like the idea, so with a bit of Alteration it will be given a use in Bodstonia.