In Ancient Roman times the ‘Testudo’ formation or ‘Tortoise Formation’ was a kind of shield wall formation commonly used to protect a large group of soldiers moving towards the enemy. In the ‘Testudo’ the soldiers would align their shields to the front and on top of their formation... Some groups would also carry their shields on both flanks of the formation for additional protection. This mode of defence offered some a degree of protection against rocks, arrows and other projectiles while the unit still advanced towards the enemy slowly but surely. This K&C ‘Testudo’ comprises the following: 9 x Legionnaires advancing carrying their shields above their heads. 3 x Legionnaires advancing with their shields to the front and their ‘pilums’ held horizontally forwards. 2 x Legionnaires advancing with their shields on the right and holding their swords in their left hands. 2 x Legionnaires advancing with their shields on the left and their swords in their right hands. This large 16 x figure set comes in its own specially designed box.