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Re: Show here your Roman soldier impression
#16
Hard to know if a black shield would say to the viewer, "We bring death. Don't mess with us."

(Pompey's putting on a black cloak, though, that was a sure sign of mourning, and the troops didn't like that one bit.)
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#17
David wrote...
Quote:Hard to know if a black shield would say to the viewer, "We bring death. Don't mess with us."

One of the reasons we looked at black...
  • black was a commonly used Roman colour

  • It looks good and sets off the gold floral pattern we have very nicely

  • It was a good colour to use for over-painting the previous colour

  • It differentiates our new group from our previous group's auxiliaries

  • It's easy to touch up big gouges/scratches

  • Black does look mean :wink:

Also leather can be dyed black very easily with iron dyebaths, so a leather shield facing in black could be easily attained.
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#18
I still wonder how uniform the roman army was, were shields al the same as tunic and helmet or was the shield different for every cetury or cohort anyone an aswer? :?:
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#19
Quote:I still wonder how uniform the roman army was, were shields al the same as tunic and helmet or was the shield different for every cetury or cohort anyone an aswer? :?:
For the Late Roman army it was the same for the entire unit. Ammianus tells us how even the Alamanni could recognise their Roman opponent by their shields.
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#20
Maurice, a bit later, however, states flatly that differeent cohorts had different coloured shields for identification purposes. That was in 600AD though ... :?
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Charting the Third Century military crisis - with a focus on the change in weapons and tactics.
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Quote:Maurice, a bit later, however, states flatly that differeent cohorts had different coloured shields for identification purposes. That was in 600AD though ... :?
That's no surprise, for by that time the unit colours seem to have been taken over by flags.
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