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Posted by: scratchbuilder There should be enough evidence for an Elite or MAA on this subject, (something along the lines of Samurai Heraldry). Showing known examples of individual legionary Eagles and Signa. Also Praetorian and Auxiliary standards. Line drawings of the all metal ones and colour plates for the cloth types for which the colours are known or postulated. The same treatment could be given to shields, of both identified and presently unknown units. The Notitia Dignitatum should provide a good starting point for the later empire. Comments and suggestions please.
Posted on: 14/08/2013 08:34:00

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Posted by: sassan
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Joined Date: Friday, 17 February 2012
I'm up for everything Roman/ancient.
Posted on: 15/08/2013 12:22:00
Posted by: Crested Owl
Total Posts: 4
Joined Date: Saturday, 24 August 2013
Sounds interesting. I have Elite: Samurai Heraldry and MAA: Medieval Heraldry. I am fond of emblems.
Posted on: 15/08/2013 12:50:00
Posted by: FJ-1973
Total Posts: 7
Joined Date: Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Support one of Ancient roman heraldry.
Posted on: 17/08/2013 15:27:00
Posted by: Ironside
Total Posts: 5
Joined Date: Friday, 3 October 2008
It would be an interesting subject, though probably requiring a fair amount of speculation. There are no surviving Eagles, so you'd have to go entirely on descriptions and a few illustrations. I would imagine any surviving standards are pretty rare. The Notitia Dignitatum certain covers the Late Empire, but for earlier times evidence is sparse. No-one's entirely sure how shield emblems were used. The Roman Arch at Orange of Legion II Augusta shows at least two different shield emblems - one with their capricorn emblem, another with a simple thunderbolt design. Still, according to Tacitus, at the Second Battle of Cremona during the Year of the Four Emperors, Flavian soldiers used captured shields from the Vitellian army to disguise themselves and go behind enemy lines, so there was definitely a link between units and their shield emblems (if Tacitus is to be believed!)
Posted on: 30/11/2013 15:12:00

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