In creating the world of The Eagle, the costume and production designers paid attention to every little detail, from masks to make up.
While creating the artifacts of the Seal People was often a leap of historical imagination, production designers poured through a wealth of information on the Roman military, much of it housed in the British Museum. For the military hardware, Carlin explains, “our shields were an amalgamation of different designs.” The shields bore different emblems to signify a number of meanings. For example, a branch, Carlin explains, “represents victory or success.” The production team kept close to traditional swords in arming their cast: “The infantry Gladius (short sword) was a fairly standard size but differed in quality and decoration depending on the rank and wealth of the bearer. The cavalry (Vallettes) carried a longer sword.”