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Posted by: scratchbuilder I picked up my copy today and had a quick flick on the train home. First impressions, the modern illustrations are really excellent and the re-enactor photographs are very well chosen. Unfortunately, there are a number of pre-twentieth century romantic artworks which are very nice, but tell us absolutely nothing. This practice may sometimes be apposite, for instance a contemporary painting of the storming of the Bastille in a book about the French Revolution, but for the ancient world it is effectively a waste of valuable space. I realise that commissioned artwork is expensive, but perhaps more re-enactor photographs could have filled the space at little extra cost. Military publishers in general seem to follow this practice and in my mind it devalues the books. Would anyone else care to comment?
Posted on: 16/05/2014 17:15:00

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Posted by: MTG
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I'd agree with you Scratchbuilder.
Posted on: 16/05/2014 21:41:00
Posted by: achim
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Living in the Western Hemisphere, I will have to wait for more or less annother week to get my copy! It'll be actually my first Combat Book....!! Thanks for your first impression, andI will be back once read!
Posted on: 17/05/2014 00:53:00
Posted by: Michael K @Osprey
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Hi there, I think there is definitely some value in seeing the history of depictions of the subject, as well as commissioned artwork and photos. it can be quite enlightening to compare older renderings of a certain subject with our current perceptions and knowledge of that subject. I suppose the ideal set of illustrations would be a good mix of all three, which is something we try to achieve! Michael K
Posted on: 19/05/2014 12:15:00
Posted by: william
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I agree wholeheartedly, Scratchbuilder. Images of that kind are of no value in terms of military history but are overused because they are easily accessible and generally cheap, if not free. If there is space to be filled, better to give it over to text or print one or two of the worthwhile images larger!
Posted on: 20/05/2014 22:37:00
Posted by: Amaral
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I believed only the Celts used pants.
Posted on: 27/05/2014 02:16:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
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Amaral: By "pants" do you mean trousers? To modify what I said above, I thought the coin photographs were valid and well chosen. Without printing, imperial propaganda could only be disseminated to the masses by such means and the coin designs are a valuable insight into what the government was thinking and what it wanted its people to think. Also the enhanced photo details from Trajan's column, Trajan's Dacian War occurred over a century later, but Rome was a largely static society and the fundamental appearance and tactics of the Roman Army had changed very little.
Posted on: 27/05/2014 18:17:00
Posted by: Amaral
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Yes, sorry for my "American" English. ;-) There was a discussion in facebook about the Germanic Warriors using trousers in this book. Is there any problem?
Posted on: 01/06/2014 06:32:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
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Amaral: No problem! I failed to understand the context of your remark. Celts, Germans, Dacians, Scandinavians and the horse peoples of the eurasian steppe, were all trouser wearers. The Greek / Roman world largely saw the kilted tunic over bare legs, verses trousers, as the visible dividing line between civilisation and barbaria.
Posted on: 02/06/2014 11:55:00
Posted by: achim
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Hello Guy's, well finally,I have read the Book! As said earlier, this was my first Combat Book! It is a very interesting Fomrat, and I will surely buy some more! .. Now, personally, I rather enjoyed the rendering of 18th and 19th century Paintings of the Battles and peoples! Specially, the rendering of Tischbein of 1790 is interesting to compare with the Re-enactors (mainly the Romans! Tischbein's interpretation of Roman Segmented Armour looks rather realistic, I thought!)! .. I thought, the Author should have put more emphasis on the Fact that his Battle Narratives are just ONE interpretation of what posible happen! Truth to be told, he does mention it, but,in my OpiniĆ³n, only in passing! And make no Mistake here..., there is no way of knowing how the four Battles mentioned in the Book were really fought!! .. The Narrative on Training and Cultures are pretty good, even if the use of the Swabian Knot (the Hairknot depicted for the Cheruskians) is not attested for the Cherusker and their allies...., it could still be posible they used it too!
Posted on: 02/06/2014 18:40:00
Posted by: jacdaw
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This sounds good, I should buy it. I have not read a combat book yet.
Posted on: 08/06/2014 05:43:00

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