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Nijmegen
Sunday 3rd July 2005

This section shows some of the pictures made while we're guarding the tower on sundays, members of Fectio, Corbvlo and Legio X Gemina taking turns.


First time - fully armoured Late Roman heavy infantryman.Our first big event of the season, with our own Legio II Augusta (UK/NL) attending, as well as Corbvlo (NL), Legio X Gemina (NL), Cohors I Germanorum (D), Cohors XXXII-VCR (D), Corpus Equestris Legionis (B) and Gladiatoria Pannonica (H). All in all a very good turnout, and it was rewarded - 12.000 visitors in two days! Despite the heat, despite the rain, despite being overfed wAndreas with Jasper Oorthuys.ith event all year long, the citizens of Nijmegen came in large numbers. Thank you, cives of Noviomagus!

Unfortunately I could not make too many pictures myself, but I had some help - about half of the images on this page were shot by Jasper Oorthuys, webmaster of RomanArmy.com, where more of his pictures of this event can be seen. We were kept fairly busy, and when not on the field we hid in the shade, because temperatures rose quickly to the 30 mark. And with the saturday having been very wet (and us being very glad we missed that) the atmosphere became very uncomfortable fairly quick. Valerius of the fectienses seniores.

Well, I was glad that in the end we were in the forests on the eastern edge of the city, and not marching on parade through The show is over, the helmet off, now it's time to get back all the lost fluid!the streets! A lot of people were interested to see us - as usual we were very unlike the rest of the Romans around us, and this generated a lot of wonder and curiosity. This was also the first occasion where I could wear the finished lorica squamata for the first time, the armour proving to be heavy, not uncomfortable but in need of some adjusting. When I switched helmets with Andreas in the afternoon, the heat/moist almost became too uncomfortable. But then there was the shade in the camp of our neighbours, Legio X Gemina, who were kind enough to have us around and feed and water us from time to time.. After all, we are members of Legio II Augusta, to whom I herewith apologise because I did not talk to you enough, really!

Cool stuff.
Cool stuff.
Forming up - Legio II Augusta, recognisable in their white tunics.
Forming up - Legio II Augusta, recognisable in their white tunics.
And their military camp, the leather tent abandoned with the fire still smoking..
And their military camp, the leather tent abandoned with the fire still smoking..
Organising - Wim (Corbvlo) in the command centre of II Augusta.
Organising - Wim (Corbvlo) in the command centre of II Augusta.
Donning armour.
Donning armour.
The British brought their own surgeon, who had a dummy to practise on. No volunteers?
The British brought their own surgeon, who had a dummy to practise on. No volunteers?
Corbvlo also organised the sacred rites.
Corbvlo also organised the sacred rites.
Mars? A pagan!
Gerard, the aquilifer.
More Late Roman stuff.
More Late Roman stuff.
The lorica plumata from Legio II Augusta.
The lorica plumata from Legio II Augusta.
What's that? A fight with the 10th legion?with the 10th legion? Or comparing blades?
What's that? A fight with the 10th legion? Or comparing blades?
Marching around on a very hot field..
Marching around on a very hot field..
There was also some cavalry - Corpus Equestris Legionis.
There was also some cavalry - Corpus Equestris Legionis.
Always good to have some cavalry around to guard the flanks..
Always good to have some cavalry around to guard the flanks..
Legio X Gemina camped next to us. Here they are getting ready for the show.
Legio X Gemina camped next to us. Here they are getting ready for the show.
Donning armour (2).
Donning armour (2).
Looking mean!
Looking mean!
Donning armour (3).
Donning armour (3).
Ready, miles?
Ready, miles?
Weapons of the 10th.
Weapons of the 10th.
The lorica squamata from Legio X Gemina.
The lorica squamata from Legio X Gemina.
The legion came with a well-set table! Life in Germania Inferior must be very good..
The legion came with a well-set table! Life in Germania Inferior must be very good..
And here is Chariovalda, Late Roman miles.
And here is Chariovalda, Late Roman miles.
Removing armour after a hot show.
Removing armour after a hot show.
Superheavy infantryman of the fectienses seniores.
Superheavy infantryman of the fectienses seniores.
Defensive stance. The shield should be higher..
Defensive stance. The shield should be higher..
On the back the quiver for the plumbatae.
On the back the quiver for the plumbatae.

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