- 10/06/2021 at 13:57 #157462
Every now and then I return to Ancients. This time it is the Macedonian and Punic Wars. From memory my second original wargames armies. It seemed appropriate to start with the Romans who fought everyone else.
These ones are from Forged in Battle 15mm. They fit well with Essex, Corvus Belli, QRF and Chariot that’s great because I have loads of all of them.
There are pics of all the component units on my blog and some thoughts on the Roman line relief system.
If it’s of interest here is the link.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/10/06/2021 at 17:54 #157471Tony SParticipant
Lovely painted figures there! For some reason, I’m always fond of a pose that has a heavily armoured foot soldier resting on his shield. Perhaps because if that were me, loaded down in chainmail, I’d certainly be resting my weary back!
I have a lot of the FiB figures for the Successor period, and am very happy with them. They do mix well with most other company’s sculpts, I agree.
Please keep us posted as to your thoughts on Pulse of Battle and Civates Bellantes. I’ve never played either, but am curious about them.
It’s also interesting, and quite a nice comment on the state of modern rules, in that you aren’t constrained by strict basing requirements of the ruleset you wish to use. As someone who abhors rebasing, I wholeheartedly applaud this development!
If memory serves, years ago Duke Siegfried had roughly the same thoughts as yourself in respect to how Romans fought at the tactical level, and wrote his own rules to reflect that, for a game at Historicon or Cold Wars.
PS – a lot of your photos were not loading for me. Probably just my old phone…10/06/2021 at 19:35 #157473
Thanks Tony. I’m impressed by Forged in Battle too.
I will keep you posted on how Pulse of Battle and Civates Bellantes work out for me. The latter btw is available as a £5.00 download. I never knew that Duke had come to the same conclusion thanks for letting me know.
Yeah not having to rebase is great -rule writers take note.
I suspect it might be my blog with regard to the pics. Let’s see what I can do here.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/11/06/2021 at 01:52 #157477CyrusParticipant
Nice Republican Romans! Forged in Battle have some great 15mm ranges, in true 15mm rather than 18mm. I have some of their Blemmye which I’ve combined with some Donnington miniatures figures.11/06/2021 at 13:26 #157480
Thanks Cyrus. This project has me thinking more and more about Roman fighting style. The pila volley was intended to give an edge but on a six feet frontage I’d think each Roman swordsman might well initially face more than one enemy. That would argue for a very active fighting style. The physical demands of that probably necessitated the line relief system.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/11/06/2021 at 23:39 #157506CyrusParticipant
Justin Swanton, who is the editor of Slingshot, has an interesting book on how the Triplex Acies worked, I remember a Slingshot article about it. Tricky to replicate on the wargames table with a set of rules!12/06/2021 at 09:31 #157518
Yes, I think Justin is interesting on the subject. I haven’t read his book yet but intend to. One thing, if I’m doing him justice, he thinks the Romans closed up in action. That would mean either their battle line contracted by half in the immediate presence of the enemy. Maybe they did but I’d think it might expose their flanks.
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