Based in rural Eastern Hertfordshire, within a morning's march from the Roman Verulamium settlement and Hypocaust, we are...
 
The Roman
__________________________

 

THE ORIGINAL LEGION XIIII

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caivs Cassivs prepares scorpion catapult for shooting nice white horsehair perfect  for plumes short roman horse mainz type sword oval cavalry shield war engines... scorpion & onager vitis... Centurions staff bronze cavalry helmet horse phaleria phaleria Augustus Caesar greaves leg armour We  have now reconstructed   3 of these scorpions. They are very versatile  on the field

 

 

Roman Gladiator handle Penknife

This handy Roman 1st Century penknife is not unlike types that we still use today.4 inches long unopened

Taking a rest from training the men  in the heat of the day! Baked clay walls

 

 
 
MARCVS & AUXILIARY HORSE An officer sends a message by scout Roman scouts... riding the smaller horse

LEGION XIIII AUXILIARY CAVALRY

THE AUXILIARY CAVALRY CAN PROVIDE AN AMAZING DISPLAY OF HORSE CONTROL, WHETHER THROWING SPEARS FROM THE GALLOP OR RIDING THEIR PONIES IN ONE OF 5 GAITS, UTILISING THE INHERENT EQUINE CAPABILITIES WHICH ARE UNIQUE TO THIS BREED. THESE HORSES ARE FULLY EQUIPPED WITH ROMAN FOUR HORNED SADDLES WHICH GIVES THE RIDER AN EXCELLENT PURCHASE! BASED ON AN ORIGINAL SADDLE RECONSTRUCTION OBTAINED FROM PETER CONNOLLY... WHICH HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO ACCOMODATE MORE RECENT PRACTICAL RIDING EXPERIENCE BY THESE GERMANIC RIDERS WITH THEIR AMAZING PONIES.

 

 

 

A WEEK IN THE WELSH MOUNTAINS FOR BBC2

 

 
ICE COLD  OFF THE MOUNTAIN Fast flowing icy water, makes this a hazardous crossing for us Marcvs helps the men accross! Carrying their impedimenta across the raging waters A TREE.....   ; ) Surface rocks with quite deep undercuts of water!
Marcvs training soldiers in the Black Mountains ... during a cold wet week in late November 2000!

Some shots they did not show you... the water did not feel cold because our body heat had lowered during the week.

But almost every night the whole valley froze up. By 1000 hrs each morning the temperature rose just above freezing making the ground a wet cold mess. I laid straw around the encampment to at least give our feet a break from ankle deep wet fluid cold mud.

The Romans unlike the BBC new better than to campaign in the winter!

 

THIS WAS A ROAD ONCE! Marcvs urges them on ... on this very cold day in November cloth made gloves help against the biting cold! The beginning of the floods ( Late November) A fog rises to freeze the bones!! big Mike! rest of troop moving on  up to the mountains

Filmed by BBC and shown many times on Discovery & History Channel.

 

Braziers to keep us warm... strain showing on Marcvs's face Helmet lining did a great job of keeping the head warm. Cooking cauldron for making broths and stews brazier to light camp at night leather tent straw used to contain the mud! waiting for lunch! woolen tunica nearby woods Marcvs shoulder armour a constant supply of firewood was needed wood being dried ready to put on fire Angus here wisely wears a leather thong  on wrist. Always  a usefull bit of kit to have bench for many uses

Keeping the fire going was a difficult task during the worst recorded rainfall in Welsh history. Every piece of wood was water logged. All wood had to be dried before we could burn it.

The mountains had become waterfalls and the tracks rivers. Unfortunately this was not shown by the BBC as it was not a programme about weather... so they said! :-[

Those lovely frozen tents in the morning... the crispy white grass... the frozen sandals... the ice cutting wind! After just one night it was to much for one of the recruits... one blanket against a frosty night and he had had enough. Even the camera crew were safely back in a nice warm farm house a few miles away... before it was dark. The weather was our real enemy... not the discipline or even the food. We fried no eggs... or bacon... or sausages... we seemed to be living on basic vegatables. Yet the romans would have eaten such as these foods!

 

This one is sinister and evil! You must use the right hand only! Marcvs trains the men with Javelins

 

 

ROMAN MARINES ALSO USED SCORPIONS ON BOARD THE DECKS OF WARSHIPS!

WORKING RECONSTRVCTION OF THE ONAGER you know who this is by now! leather pouch trigger mechanism leather shock absorber cranking cams arm release oak structure just sky... blue sky wispy clouds hidden rabbit fred the spider lives here nice calf THE ONAGER IS FULLY WOUND UP AND READY TO RELEASE Agesistratvs stetes that the early Greek  machines  had a range in excess of 880 yds  (800m) mainz style sword lanyard ready to pull trigger

 

LET US DEMONSTRATE THE USE AND POWER OF THIS DEVASTATING EARLY WEAPON, FIRST MENTIONED IN ANCIENT WRITINGS BY PHILON IN 200 BC. LIKE THE SCORPION, THE ROMAN ONAGER IS ALSO A TORSION POWERED SEIGE WEAPON.
BY THE FOURTH CENTURY IT WAS IN COMMON USE BY THE ROMAN ARMY, USED TO SMASH DOWN ENEMY FORTIFICATIONS BY HURLING A GIANT 80 KILO ROCK. THE ONAGER EARNED ITS NAME,WILD ASS, BECAUSE OF THE POWERFUL KICK GENERATED BY THE RECOIL AS THE SEIGE MACHINE UNLEASHED IT'S HEAVY PAYLOAD!

  ...................

The best results for accuracy and effect are by shooting large spheres of frozen ice... and they  simply disperse in the sun!