January releases (15 JAN)
The January Thomas Gunn releases
SPA027 an all new Hoplite sentry figure, comes in 3 versions with more great looking figures of this genre to be released next month so you can create a non battle group setting. We have also attached a picture of him alongside other figures due soon. SPA027 is limited to 100 pieces of each variant and priced at $55 per figure. The A version comes with a typical Spartan Lambda shield, the B with prancing Lion on a red background and the C variant with a Lions head on a black background.
SPA028 Hoplite with Cypriot Marine prisoner. A great looking diorama set with a Hoplite questioning a Cypriot Marine recently captured. Of note to the Hoplite is the golden cup he has retrieved from the Cypriot, obviously he is hoping for information of the whereabouts of a larger hoard of similar items! The cup is based on one recently found in a loft in Taunton UK, it dates back to Persian times and features 2 ladies heads facing away from each other and is cast in solid gold. Due to be sold shortly it is expected to fetch £500,000 at auction. The current owner has admitted he used it for air rifle practice as a boy! How it got from Ancient Greece to Taunton is another story but nevertheless an intriguing find. SPA027 sentry is shown in the picture for effect only and does not come with this set.
Our first 6 figures detailed below are the Dacians, a fearsome tribe from Eastern Europe who certainly knew how to give the Romans a lot of trouble! The Dacians were led by Decebalus who was the last king of Dacia. He is famous for fighting three wars, with varying success, against the Roman Empire under two emperors. After raiding south across the Danube, he defeated a Roman invasion in the reign of Domitian, securing a period of independence during which Decebalus consolidated his rule. When Trajan, came to power, his armies invaded Dacia to weaken its threat to the Roman border territories of Moesia. Decebalus was defeated in 102 AD. He remained in power as a client king, but continued to assert his independence, leading to a final and overwhelming Roman invasion North of the Danube in 105 AD. Trajan reduced the Dacian capital Sarmizegetusa in 106 AD to ruins, absorbing some of Dacia into the Empire. Decebalus is reported to have committed suicide to avoid capture by slitting his own throat, just as Roman cavalry were about to overpower and capture him. The final scenes of his death are depicted on Trajan's column, Decebalus is a national hero in his native Romania where a 40 metre statue of him is carved into the rock near Orosva a town overlooking the Danube river. Our first Dacians feature the last stand in 106 AD as they battle the Romans surrounded by cavalry and legionnaires.
Rom-En 001 features a much tattooed Dacian swinging his Falx sword. The Falx sword was a much feared weapon that could split a Roman shield in two and deal a devastating flesh wound, it came in a variety of sizes. Limited to 100 pieces and priced at $55 per figure
The Ancient Britons: Rom-En 007 features a British chariot with 2 crew in a somewhat terrifying combination - if you were a Roman legionnaire facing them!
"Their mode of fighting with their chariots is this: firstly they drive about in all directions and throw their weapons and generally break the ranks of the enemy with the very dread of their horses and the noise of their wheels; and when they have worked themselves in between, the troops of horse leap from their chariots and engage on foot. The charioteers in the mean time withdraw some little distance from the battle, and so place themselves with the chariots that, if their masters are overpowered by the number of the enemy, they may have a ready retreat to their own troops. Thus they display in battle the speed of horse, the firmness of infantry; and by daily practice and exercise attain to such expertness that they are accustomed, even on a declining and steep place, to check their horses at full speed, and manage and turn them in an instant and run along the pole, and stand on the yoke, and thence betake themselves with the greatest celerity to their chariots again."