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No one could do massive bloodletting quite like the Romans. Enjoy, kids!

August 12, 2013

romansoldiers

I see siege towers in the background of this ad. (If I’m not mistaken, there’s also a catapult mounted on top of one. This is like a shark riding on the back of a lion. AWESOME.) I see no siege towers in the roster of things you’d get with the advertised set of Roman soldiers. This is a rip-off, since siege towers were, like, the greatest thing going back then, right up with vats of boiling oil. Will they take the four buglers for one siege tower, like four houses for a hotel in Monopoly? If so, we might have a deal.

And about the ad itself: You have to think that this is about as sanitary as an ancient battle could possibly be. (Are there even enemies?) Usually you’d have a lot more viscera involved back in those good old days. It was the era of the slow death by gut-wound — i.e. perfect for your typical box of men shenanigans.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2013 7:38 pm

    I had a friend who had this set. The soldiers were flat, but of a better quality than the army men. It did come with working catapults, which were kind of cool.

  2. Ronnie Poore permalink
    August 13, 2013 1:50 am

    i believe the art in the ad is by one of DC’s best war comic artists: Russ Heath.

  3. Chris permalink
    August 13, 2013 12:56 pm

    It’s probably set during one of the many Roman civil wars, just split ’em up evenly and there you go.

    • August 13, 2013 1:14 pm

      “I wanna be Pompey this time!” “No, I’M Pompey!”

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