When discussing the logistics of Roman armies, I usually see consumables and seigework discussed the most. However, I've been wondering about how the arms, armor, and tools were created and distributed.
Were they created centrally somewhere? On site at army camps? Or did they buy them from independent craftsmen?
I know that in the earlier parts of the Republic, soldiers were often required to procure their own arms, but I'm curious what the process was later on. Particularly in the more permanent legions of the Empire.