22/06/2019 at 17:16 #116784
I went to see “The World Between Two Empires” exhibit at the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday, a stunner. Tomorrow is the last day. If you are in town, go see it. Among other things, they have a legionary scutum from Dura-Europos, 2nd century. I plan on posting pics on my blog soon.
Needless to say, this has gotten me hankering to add these two armies to my DBA collection. OK, I have a 1/72 Republican Roman army and a 15mm Late Roman army already. The plastic guys have fought against Mongols posing as Parthians, but that’s not the same.
So far, my madness has taken the form of wanting to use 15mm figures on bases for the larger scale, that is 60x30mm for foot and 60X40 for mounted. I figure i can get 12 legionaries on a base in two ranks. I suspect I can only get a single rank of 4 on the mounted base. Can anyone with experience help here? Perhaps this fever will pass and I’ll settle for an ordinary DBA force, Or go back to my original plan and get Highlanders for Rebels & Patriots.
And one more: does anyone know if the Battle Honours Romans and Parthians are really 15mm? Anthony Barton did make some AB Romans that were huge, nearly 1/72. He sculpted the BH figures earlier.
It's never too late to have a happy childhood22/06/2019 at 18:01 #116798OBParticipant
That sounds like a grand exhibition I look forward to seeing your pics.
As to the 60×30 bases I think no problem. These 15mm are based 60×60 and are very functional.
I have some of the AB Romans and they are big but put them on a thin plastic base and they just about do for 15mm.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/22/06/2019 at 18:23 #116800
Here is a link to the blog post about the exhibition
It's never too late to have a happy childhood22/06/2019 at 20:21 #116810McKinstryParticipant
I had some Battle Honor Romans a while back (since sold as I went to 6mm) but as I recall, they were more true 15’s than the ‘heroic’ 18mm such as AB or Blue Moon. No idea about Parthians and for that matter, it has been at least 7+ years and the masters may have been redone for the more modern size preference by now.
The tree of Life is self pruning.22/06/2019 at 20:32 #116811OBParticipant
I have some QRF Parthians lovely figures you can see them on their website.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/23/06/2019 at 04:32 #116819Rod RobertsonParticipant
Have a look at the Chariot Miniatures Early Imperial Romans. They’re fragile but they’re beautiful little figures. I have a 500 pt. DBM/DBMM army of them. For Parthians I would recommend looking at Essex, Xystron, Museum Miniatures and Khurasan Miniatures of the top of my head.
As to basing, you could get upto 12 figures of 15mm foot on a 60mm X 30mm base with little difficulty. For mounted I would say five to six mounted figures per base.
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson.23/06/2019 at 18:03 #116860
Beautiful but fragile; I have some of those in other periods and regret the string of repairs for flag poles and such. Broken bayonets in 15mm is beyond my power of repair, not to mention broken ankles. I am seriously looking at the Khurasan Parthians. Thanks to your info on basing. It helps calculate out how many figures to buy. I am thinking of 5 cataphracts and 3 horse archers per element. With 4 KN elements and 8 LH, that would be 20 heavy cavalry and 24 light horse. I realized one of our crew has a Roman army purchased a while back that may even be based for this new scheme.
We used to run a slightly a-historical conqueror’s campaign back in the day with our 1/72 plastic figures. The Polybian Romans would first fight Carthage (who are hard to win with in DBA), then take on the Gallic hordes. If they won they would go on to tackle the Parthians (who were really Mongols). The Carthaginians didn’t stop a Roman player and no Roman got past the Parthians. But we didn’t play it all that many times. We should do it again, using points the same as the World Cup: 1 point for a tie, 3 for a win, with elements lost/knocked out as the tie breaker.
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