Steve Oates of the Baggage Train passed me these at the club just after Christmas. He is building up a nice set of 6mm terrain items, suitable for ancients wargaming, especially Roman and Dark Age periods. These are his Roman villa and Roman workshop pieces. I thought the workshop looked lot like an early Romano-British villa (1st-2nd Century), while the villa looks good for 3rd-4th Century courtyard villa. I've read that as the Romano-British nouveau-riche landowners rapidly adopted Roman style and culture after the invasion, abandoning Iron Age roundhouses and moving into rectangular villa buildings, before moving on to more luxurious courtyard premises as styles and tastes changed - so much like the property ladder today.
I've modelled this piece to show the derelict roundhouse as an irregular circle of boulders (hut circle), to the left of the villa in the image below. The early 1st/2nd Century villa building is now used to house slaves and as a workshop, while the landowners family live in the courtyard villa with its hypocaust flooring, garden and pond.
The front entrance of the villa. The roof of the villa is a separate casting, so the inner courtyard can be detailed, but I need to glue it down as I see it's gone a bit wonky as I was photographing it.
Another view from the less salubrious side of the complex.
Nice crisp castings, very little clean up required. I did wash them in detergent in case there was any release agent on the surfaces. I'm not sure how much these are selling for, but Steve's prices for his other items are more than reasonable, well worth a look if you see him at a show.
Thanks for looking.