The roman empire is of course well known. During it's 1000 year existence it went through considerable changes in size, structure, policy and even the location of it's capital city. A wealth of information on the empire can be found on the web, libraries and other information sources. About the Celts however the information is very scarce. The term is mostly associated with the 'Celtic cross' and 'Celtic music' and 'Celtic culture'. The Celtic culture and language is very old and was present in central Europe, France and the south of Germany and influenced many tribes. Celts and Germanic's are often depicted with the same garment and weapons. The Germanic culture might be seen as a follow up on the Celtic culture but I'm not sure.
Seil Model made a 1/32 or 54 mm scale set of five figures and a resin base titled 'rome vs celts'. There are:
- A Celtic standard bearer.
- A Celtic warrior.
- A roman standard bearer.
- A legio optio.
- A roman archer.
When assembling the set there are three things to pay special attention to.
Firstly don't fit the two lowest items of the roman standard until you put the figure on the base. I checked if I could fit everything on and still have the standard rest on the rock while the figure held it. That seemed to be possible but when everything was ready that turned out to be an error in my judgement.
The resin base is to made to be covered in static grass. Some pieces are clearly imprints of styrofoam so be sure to cover that.
Finally there is a paint suggestion included. the celts are very well done but the leader shoulder coverings of the roman standard bearer are painted as if it was metal and that is incorrect. Correct examples of how it should look can be found all over the place including here.
I found the diorama a but busy with five figures, also the Celtic standard bearer is walking straight in to the firing line of an arrow shot by someone 2 meters away. That was very unrealistic so I kept the archer to be made later and put on it's own base. I also omitted the 'crest' on the legio optio's helmet making it a normal legionnaire. Next to static grass i also added some paper plants.
The pictures, it was difficult to get the lights right:
This is a great set but especially the small squares on the Celtic warrior make painting it difficult, not for beginners. Unfortunately Seil Model is bankrupt for several years now so the product is not for sale anymore.