Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops on the head, face and eyes is excellent, with reasonable
detail and little slop. The skin tone is the molded plastic, rather
than paint, and I'm not as fond of that as actual painted skin, but it works
There's also some paint ops on the various weapons, but the
real standout is the shield. Great work, with excellent consistency
Articulation - ***
This is the same body as the Napolean's Imperial Guard, and has some of the
same basic issues. The softer rubber hands bug me, both in terms of
articulation and sculpt, but there was an even greater flaw with this
figure. While I had no trouble posing the Imperial Guard in all kinds
of ways, the Roman is very top heavy, which causes the legs to spread or
buckle more easily. I don't think the joints are necessarily looser on
this figure than the other, but that the extra weight above the waist is
pushing him down.
Still, with some adjustment and patience I was able to
overcome the tendency the figure has to do the splits.
Accessories - ****
Wow. Again, Ignite will just blow you away, maybe even more this
time than last.
I've mentioned the shield, but I'll mention it again. It looks
fantastic, and although its entirely plastic, works great. It fits in
his hand reasonably well, and is light enough not to drag him down or topple
He has four weapons - two types of pike, a short sword, and a
dagger. The tips on both pikes, and the blades on both the sword and
large knife are all die cast metal. The sword and dagger are shiny as
well, and all are extremely well made. The sword is easily one of the
nicest sixth scale versions I've ever seen.
The sword and dagger each have scabbards, which attach around his body
easily and tightly with the supplied belts.
Outfit - ****
If you like the weapons, you'll love the outfit. Great quality
materials and stitching all around, and it's tailored to fit beautifully
although there are multiple layers.
Things start off with the excellent helmet. From the fan top to the
die cast metal jaw/face guards, this is one of the coolest helmets I've ever
seen produced in this scale.
The body has an inner tunic, with an outer heavy cloth tunic. Every
edge is hemmed, and there is even an excellent lining on the outer
tunic. Even the quality of the little fringe is perfect - I love this
There is also a pleather strap arrangement with large die cast metal
'buttons' over his upper body. It fits the style of the belts for both
weapons well, and everything looks seamless together.
On both legs are die cast metal guards, again with a shiny plating like
the weapons. This attach around the back of the legs with ties, and I
had no trouble keeping them on and in place. They are extremely heavy,
but work well and look great.
If there's one problem with the outfit, it's the sandals. Now I'm
sure I'll hear from people far more astute than I on this period of clothing
about the various inaccuracies - please do let me know, as I'm always
interested to see how well they did - but the sandals just bug me.
With all the rest of this gear, you'd think they'd come up with something a
little more protective for the feet.
Ignoring that, the sandals are made from a soft rubber, and it doesn't
approximate leather very well. They don't look as good as the rest of
the outfit, but they do fit well and function fine. They don't cause
any issues for him in terms of standing or balance.
Value - ***
This guy retails for around $60, which ain't cheap by anyone's
standards. Still, he's of extremely high quality, and the die cast
parts and great uniform have to be driving the cost up. I'm also
unsure on the run size for these figures, but it can't be huge. I
doubt we'll see them getting clearanced out anywhere any time soon, but if
you can get them down around $50 I'd jump on it.
Overall - ***1/2
This is a truly beautiful figure. It's similar to the Imperial
Guard, but with some subtle differences. I liked the sculpt here
better, but the articulation, or at least the ability to stand and pose, was
better in the Imperial Officer. Both have exceptional outfits and
If you're looking for some variety in your sixth scale
displays, or are a big fan of this historic period, do yourself a favor and
check these out. Ignite has done a marvelous job, and I'm looking
forward to seeing their Civil War figures along with anything else they
might be releaseing.
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