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Roman Legionnaire Outer Right-Hand Side of Tetsudo Formation (30th Legion black shield)--single figure--RETIRED.
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Item Number: ROM065B

Roman Legionnaire Outer Right-Hand Side of Tetsudo Formation (30th Legion black shield)

The Testudo was a formation where the legionnaires would align their shields to form a packed formation resembling a Tortoise. The men of the front rank would hold their shields from the height of their shins to their eye, so as to cover the formation’s front.  The men in the back ranks would place their shields over their heads to protect the formation from above, balancing the shields on their helmets, if necessary.  The Legionnaires on the sides and rear of the formation would stand sideways or even backwards with shields held the same as the front row to present an all-round defence.  Although this was a great defensive formation that was useful in all kinds of scenarios, it was extremely difficult to move as one and a Testudo only covered ground very slowly once on the move.  Our Testudo is one in the stationary defensive mode and we will be adding various other figures to enhance it throughout the coming months.

In the pictures attached, you would require 3 x ROM064 for the front rank, 2 x ROM065, 2 X ROM066, and 8 x ROM067 to make up a 15-man formation.  You can increase or decrease as you see fit depending on the size of Testudo required.

The B version has the 30th Legion black shield.

Final photos show the entire Testudo set up with the Red Shield.