March Release - Roman Building Facades (1 Viewer)

Apr 27, 2021
It's been quite a while since the last release from Last Post Miniatures. As you may be aware, both of us have full-time employment outside of Last Post. To compound matters, Sven assumed control of Peter Nathan Toy Soldiers last January. His focus has largely been on setting up the new shop, implementing changes, and expanding product offerings, leaving little time for new designs. We've even faced challenges in keeping existing items in stock. However we have finally lifted from resting on our laurels and have moved onto our exciting next range...

After presenting our 'Streets of Rome' concept to Andy Neilson of King & Country during his recent visit to Australia, we were met with an incredibly enthusiastic response. This inspired us to take action, and we're currently in the process of developing a series of facades to complement Andy's thrilling new miniature range. If the initial releases are any indication, this series has the potential to rival the immensely popular 'Streets of Old Hong Kong.' We extend our sincere gratitude to Andy for this generous opportunity, and we hope that our facades and accessories will showcase his magnificent figures to their fullest potential. Without his support, none of this would have been possible.

Last Post Miniatures' initial buildings in our new Streets of Rome series portray characteristic Roman tabernae, marking the debut of our latest line of facades. These facades have been made to compliment out very popular and versatile Cobblestone Scenic Mats. Tabernae were lively shops in ancient Rome where people could buy goods, grab a bite to eat, and socialize.

The front of the taberna was an open area facing the street, often with a counter or display space where goods or services were showcased to attract customers. This area was designed to be inviting and accessible to passers-by. Behind the storefront, there was usually an interior space where transactions took place. This area could be relatively small or more spacious depending on the size and function of the taberna. In shops selling goods, shelves or storage areas might line the walls to display merchandise.

Some tabernae had additional space behind the sales area for manufacturing or storing goods. For example, a taberna might have a bakery where bread was baked on-site, or a workshop for crafting goods to be sold in the shop. In some cases, especially for smaller tabernae operated by families, there might be living quarters located above or behind the shop area. These living spaces were typically modest and served as both a residence and a workspace for the proprietors. Tabernae typically closed at night to coincide with the end of business hours and ensure the security of the premises. Many tabernae would have had shutters or doors that could be closed and locked at the end of the day. These shutters protected the taberna from theft or vandalism during the night.

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BLD011 Roman Wine Bar ("Popina")


Our first facade depicts a Roman Wine Bar or popina. A popina was a small, informal establishment akin to a modern-day tavern or pub. These humble establishments catered to the common people, offering simple fare such as wine, bread, and light meals.

Popinae were often found in urban areas, providing a gathering place where locals could socialize, relax, and enjoy refreshments after a long day's work. Additionally, popinae served as hubs for informal discussions, gossip, and even political discourse, making them vital centers of community life in ancient Rome.

In a popina, food was typically served in a straightforward and informal manner. Customers would either stand or sit on simple benches while enjoying their meals and drinks. The food offerings in a popina were often limited and uncomplicated, consisting of items like bread, olives, cheese, and occasionally simple cooked dishes.

Customers would place their orders directly with the proprietor or a server, who would then prepare the food behind a counter or in a small kitchen area. Food might be served on basic pottery or wooden dishes, with utensils such as spoons or knives provided as needed.

BLD012 Roman Amphora Seller


Our second façade showcases a Roman Amphora Vendor, complete with a terracotta sign and a detachable amphora. Amphoras were indispensable vessels in the ancient world, serving as containers for a variety of goods.

This shop could depict a seller of wine, olive oil, grains, pulses, fish sauce (garum), spices, or even perfume.

This set includes 1 separate amphora, more will be available soon as a separate set.

BLD013 Roman Shop (Taberna)


Our third façade portrays a generic Roman shop or taberna and includes a removable shutter, to show the shop being opened for business in the morning, or being closed at the end of the day. It is capable of representing a wide array of establishments and to facilitate a variety of figures.

Tabernae were versatile storefronts or workshops commonly found in bustling urban areas. These establishments served a variety of functions, from simple shops selling goods such as food, clothing, and household items, to more specialized services like bakeries, taverns, and even brothels.

The tabernae were essential to daily life in Rome, providing goods and services to both locals and travellers alike. With their open fronts and bustling activity, tabernae formed a vital part of the city's social and economic fabric, embodying the vibrant spirit of Roman commerce and daily life.
These Roman facades look ideal for anyone wanting to recreate the look of ancient Roman cities such as Rome itself or Pompeii, would probably stand in for Greek settings too.
Well done to Last Post in creating these.
These Roman facades look ideal for anyone wanting to recreate the look of ancient Roman cities such as Rome itself or Pompeii, would probably stand in for Greek settings too.Well done to Last Post in creating these.
I was going to mention the ruins of a wine shop in Pompeii as you stated. This façade is well done.

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