Centurion Gaius Crastinus of the Legion X Equestris was strolling slowly between the ranks of legionnaries lined for the upcoming battle. His step was measured and calm despite the tense atmosphere. He was the Primus Pilus, the most senior and respected soldier of the whole 10th Legion. He was first among the centurions, leader of the first cohort of the most loyal and prestigious legion fielded by Julius Ceasar. As the army was preparing for the final clash against Pompey Magnus' forces, Crastinus was making peace with his own fate. The general had asked from him the ultimate proof of his unwavering service. Him whom fought alongside Ceasar against the rebel Gauls, him whom saw the victory at Alesia, him whom followed through every campaigns up to this messy civil war, him whom received the honor to serve in the Legio X as the legion's first centurion... he made Ceasar a solemn promise:
"Today, general, I shall earn your gratitude whether I live or die"
Wearing his most prestigious armor, a luxurious muscle cuirass as the ones worn by the most renowned officers of Rome's armies, Crastinus knew deep inside that the gods of the underworld would have his life before sunset. He intended to let Pluto have his sacrifice, but he would not relinquish his life before his general received the victory he promised him. Crastinus wouldn't retreat, he wouldn't fall back, never again. He intended to fight, gladius in hand, right on the first line, surrounded by his brave and loyal legionaries of the 10th Legion. If it was how he would meet his end, he would be glad to die in service of the cause.
This antique muscle cuirass is an iconic armor from the classical period. Widely used around the Mediterranean sea during the Antiquity, it remained in use during the Roman era. Often reserved for the senior officers, aristocrats, and generals, this prestigious armor was made of hard leather or sculpted bronze. Our version of this timeless classic is made from thick molded leather, dyed by hand for a most impressive finish. It is an authentic armor piece that will please both adepts of LARP and fans of historical re-enactment. The Legion armor is perfectly suited for any greco-roman character such as a hoplite, centurion, divine champion, demigod, or mythological hero. The set also includes classic Roman styled equipment such as the baldric, the combat skirt, and the galea helmet, as well as Antiquity inspired greaves and bracers to finish this full armor.
Armor set by les Artisans d'Azure
Shield by Epic Armoury
Pictures by Tom Von Khapheer Photography
Thanks to La Ferme des Pins Verts