According to wiki: An optio (plural optiones; Latin: optio, optiōnēs, from optāre, "to choose", because an optio was chosen by his centurion), sometimes anglicized option (though rarely, to avoid confusion with "option"), was a soldier in the Roman army who held a position similar to that of an executive officer in modern armies. The optio seems to have held a rank roughly equivalent to that of a modern lieutenant, reflective of his status as the second in command of the century in which he served.
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ACI Toys "Total Rome!" 1/6 scale Roman Legionary Optio 12-inch action figure comes with Newly Sculpted 1/6 scale Head, Medium Built Body Christian Version 4 12-inch figure body, Four pairs of hands, Roman Imperial Gallic Style Helmet, Roman Style Armor - Lorica segmentata, Tunics and Pants / Braccae, Focale (Scarf) and Headband, Hooded Cloak, Legionary waist belt with apron, Roman Leather Baldric, Sandals (Marching Boots), Gladius (Sword) and Scabbard, Pugio (dagger) and Scabbard, Javelin, Scutum (Shield), Staff (metal)
Comes with instructions / user guide on how to wear the helmet and assemble the Cingulum belt
The basic ACI Roman Legionary 12-inch figure out of the box. He comes bare-footed so you have to wear his Roman sandals. That's not the problem. The PROBLEM is with the Roman Style Armor - Lorica segmentata. Taking off is NOT recommended but one of the brackets (right side) broke when I tried to hook the torso segment to the chest piece. Then the left hook came off completely. Applying SuperGlue was a bad idea as the metal plate reacted to the glue and turned black - see pictures below.This was the FRUSTRATING part and now I have a limited edition "battle-damaged" ACI Toys "Total Rome!" 1/6 scale Roman Legionary Optio 12-inch action figure :(
1/6 scale Roman sandals comes loose and you have to wear them for the figure
Instructions / user guide for wearing the Roman sandals are quite clear. You just need to spend some time on this process.
Here's the ACI Toys "Total Rome!" 1/6 scale Roman Legionary Optio 12-inch action figure complete with his Roman sandals, Gladius (Sword) and Scabbard, Pugio (dagger) and Scabbard.
Scroll down to see the assembled sandals. Very authentic and detailed.
An optio's armour would be more like those of the common legionary. He could wear the lorica segmentata or a lorica hamata as well as have his gladius on the right not left side. One thing that did separate him from the common legionary was the staff (called a hastile) - see picture at the bottom of this post, which was used to keep the legionaries in line. This staff would be roughly as tall of the optio himself.
The Lorica segmentata (segmented plates) consisted of metal strips ("girth hoops" fashioned into circular bands), fastened to internal leather straps.
You can see the broken catch / bracket on the right and damaged hook on the left. They could have been made better. Everything was falling apart on this figure - When I pulled out the sword, only the handle / hilt came off, the blade remained in the scabbard. Then one of the ear flaps of the helmet fell off. Utterly disappointed.
Turnaround views of the ACI Toys "Total Rome!" 1/6 scale Roman Legionary Optio 12-inch action figure
An optio has his gladius on the right not left side. The gladius, or Hispanic Sword as they called it, is the iconic short sword of the Roman army. In combat the gladius could be used for stabbing or slashing, although it was primarily used for stabbing. In the crush of battle that often occured when two forces pressed against each other the gladius shined. It was ideal for stabing in these conditions where longer weapons became useless due to the lack of room for long slashing swords and thrusting spears.
The pugio was a dagger used as a sidearm by the roman legionnaires. It featured a wide leaf shaped blade and was about 9.5" - 11" long.
ACI 1/6 scale Roman Imperial Gallic Style Helmet and Scutum (full body shield)
The 1/6 scale staff (called a hastile) carried by a Roman Optio which was used to keep the legionaries in line. This staff would be roughly as tall of the optio himself. Strangely, this ACI version is made of metal and is rather heavy. There's also the Hasta, a Latin word meaning spear, which was the first and last main Roman weapon. A hasta was about 6.5 feet (2 m) long with an iron head and a shaft typically made of ash. The pilum is the heavy javelin used by the Roman legionnaires. Along with the sword, the pilum was one of the main weapons of the Roman military and provided each man with mobile, short ranged artillery ability. It is perhaps one of the biggest reasons for Roman dominance of the ancient world, along with the full body shield and gladius.
1/6 scale Hooded Cloak. Two types of cloaks were used, the sagum and the paenula. Both were made from wool, which insulated and also contained natural oil to repel water. It was fastened with a fibulae. The paenula was hooded in colder climates.
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