The Roman Testudo (tortoise) formation is probably the most recognisable battle formation in history.
We wanted to do this legendary sight on the battlefield justice and so we have included an EXCLUSIVE Centurion model leading from the front of the formation and also added a pack of metal arrows that you can stick to the shields and the base to show how effective the Testudo is in weathering a storm of missile fire.
This Testudo boxed set contains:
- 4 interlocking resin parts: legs/base, bodies/shields, roof and a single shield and head for the Legionary who just can’t help but take a peek!
- A sheet of full-colour waterslide shield transfers (enough to complete the Testudo and have some spares just in case of accidents)
- Metal Centurion, leading his charges towards the enemy
- Metal arrows to attach to the Testudo or the base
No Roman general should be without at least one of these superb resin kits.
We also recommend you check out the various shield transfers we have available – they give you several ways to finish off your stunning new testudo model!
Cassius Dio writes about the testudo when describing the campaign of Mark Antony in 36 BC:
“This testudo and the way in which it is formed are as follows. The Baggage animals, the light-armed troops, and the cavalry are placed in the center of the army. The heavy-armed troops who use the oblong, curved, and cylindrical shields are drawn up around the outside, making a rectangular figure, and, facing outward and holding their arms at the ready, they enclose the rest. The others who have flat shields, form a compact body in the center and raise their shields over the heads of all the others, so that nothing but shields can be seen in every part of the phalanx alike and all the men by the density of the formation are under shelter from missiles. Indeed, it is so marvelously strong that men can walk upon it and whenever they come to a narrow ravine, even horses and vehicles can be driven over it.”
A great Addition to your first Roman Army: