Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Republican Roman Army - General Comments

Photos of my (two legion strong) Republican Roman Consular army - well, the "Roman" part of it anyway. The hordes of Celts, Italians, Spanish, and other mercenaries who could have fought for (and also against) this army aren't pictured here.

The figures are mostly produced by Hat, with some Zvezda and also a couple of Esci figures. Buildings (barracks and stables) by Hovels.

As you can see, this part of the army alone takes up a full 4x2-foot table. It's based on a scale of one figure = 20 real men. (The models are 1:72nd scale).

Roman command (with a closer look at my Commanding General (the Consul himself!) below. To see the troops, scroll down to the previous post!

Republican Roman Army - The Units

Pictured, in the order in which they typically came in contact with the enemy:

velites - the skirmishers (light infantry) who spread out in front of the army

equites - the cavalry. They protected the flanks and, if competitive, engaged enemy cavalry.

hastati - the least experienced combat troops, with a shield but little armor

princepes - the second line of combat troops, well armed and wearing plenty of armor

triari - the legion's elite. By this stage, the battle was either won, or going very badly!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Finished my battalion of jager for my 18th century Prussian army - well, except for their Colonel, as I don't have an appropriate figure. (Photo attached).

Next project is to finally finish my Republican Roman army. Up till now I've just been fielding the one legion, even though I'm only about a dozen figures short of the two legions that made up a consular army. Hopefully I can rectify that over the next week or so.

I'm hoping to have some neat battles coming up - if I can just stop "improving" my rules for long enough to actually get stuck into a decent scrap. I've certainly got lots of great matchups that I can test my new rules out with. :-)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

June update

Made it to 10,995 figures painted. I should cross the 11,000 mark next weekend while I work on my 18th century Prussian jagers.

Meanwhile, this week, some of my figures will be on display at the Shelby County Museum as part of their "History Camp 2013" for campers aged 7 to 12 years. I've attached a couple of photos from the main portion of the display which is an American Civil War skirmish between Confederates (coming across the bridge on the right) and Union forces (defending a farm house.)