Review of Agema Miniatures Velites
Greetings my fellow nerds,
Today I bring you a review of a new Wargaming product! This time it is some Republican Roman Velites by Agema miniatures. I can tell you I was excited when Agema’s package showed up at the house!
For those who have forgotten to check the wargaming news lately, Agema miniatures is a small but exuberant new miniatures company from Bath, UK. A small company (2 employee’s) who are working with renowned miniature casting firm Renedra to realize their dream of a complete line of Republican/Punic wars Romans.
They’ve started with Velites, Roman skirmishers, and one of Romes most characteristic units. They are most recognized for their wolf pelt headdress’. What is not readily known is that not every Velite wore these. Obviously such a practice would lead to a large depopulation of wolves in italy and abroad. Anyway, onto the review
Sprue Layout – 4.5 out of 5
First of all, here is the sprue (Picture credited to 1000 foot General – I had a snafu while building which left me with in incomplete sprue to take a picture of. Gaming gods, eh?)
As you can see it is a great sprue with high detail, what I expect from Renedra Tooling. However I docked it half a point because I think there are a few spots for extra bits, specifically an extra head near the wolf headdress head, and an extra arm above the throwing arm.
Sprue accuracy – 5 out of 5
Going by scholarly sources on Republican wargear, these seem appropriately dressed and armed. Velites were usually made up by the lowest rung of Roman society, who could not afford the heavier equipment of the hastati or princepes. The montefortino helmets seen here are appropriate for the non-headdress wearing velites, but I would have liked to see a bare head (I.E no helmet, just hair) on the sprue as well.
Armament is also appropriate, although Velites were principally skirmishers, it is not inconceivable that they would have short swords as backup weapons for the inevitable point where they run out of javelins.
Cost – 4 out of 5
The kit comes with 16 models for 16 dollars (USD) which is quite good at a dollar per model. It is also especially good considering this is the company’s first kit. However the reason cost gets 4/5 is because there are comparable sources of light infantry (not necessarily velites) and historical models in general that break the dollar threshold per model and are even cheaper.
Ease of completion 5 out of 5
Simply put the kit is quite easy to put together. Each model has 4 to 5 parts, which in an age of plastic models with 8 to ten parts each is refreshing. Furthermore it suits velites, who were not over encumbered by heavy armor and other materials of war.
Overall 4.5 out of 5
All in all, the kit is a good one. Not to difficult to put together, but detailed and accurate enough to portray the historical soldiers it attempts to. A solid price and Solid casting, with few mold lines to speak of, makes this a great kit to start off a new company’s line. I heartily recommend this kit and will be buying several myself to support my legions.
Till next time,
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