Let's face it:
Most reenactors get into the hobby because (a) they want to gain a sense
of what it was really like to live in a significant historical period,
and (b) they want to look cool and handle all kinds of cool equipment.
Well, the Roman Army was the direct ancestor and inspiration for all the
great armies that came after it, and beyond that, they were one of the
best looking and best equipped armies of all time, if not the best.
Legionaries were as cool as cool gets.
While we welcome civilian participation,
Legio VI Victrix is first an foremost a military reenactment club
dedicated to recreating a historically accurate impression of a
top-of-the-line Roman Legion of the mid second century AD. While having
fun is paramount, we are deadly serious about getting it right. We have
made a close study of all the available evidence as to how a Roman army
of our period was equipped and keep a close eye on any archaeological
discoveries that may add to our knowledge. When evidence is
lacking, we make educated guesses.
This page covers the
basic equipment required by
a reenactor portraying Roman legionary, military officer, or
civilian. It includes links to pages on clothing, body armor, helmets,
weaponry, accoutrements, and large-scale camp equipment such as leather
tents, heavy artillery, etc.
Legio VI's T.
Flavius Crispus (Dave Michaels) has the good fortune to be both a dealer
and collector of actual Roman coins and artifacts. He also has access to
pieces from many important collections, and regularly visits important
museums in Europe. He also maintains his own collection of Roman
military belt parts and other military "doodads." The award-winning
Gear pages of our website are offered to the general public so that
historians, scholars, archaeologist, reenactors and anyone with an
interest in military history can have access to images of examples of
ancient military gear from private and public collections the world
Real Gear Helmets
Real Gear Weapons, Shields, Body Armor
Real Gear Belt Parts & Accessories
Finally, a word about expense. While our gear
might look horribly expensive, the cost of equipping yourself fully
actually about in line with other popular reenactment eras (Civil War,
etc.). None of our members is independently wealthy, and we've grown
quite adept at getting the maximum bang for the buck. We also maintain a
supply of loaner gear for new recruits, and our "Get Equipped" program
will have you fully kitted out at minimum expense before you know it.