Category: Punic Wars

The Rising Power of Rome fought three bitter wars with Carthage over the western Mediterranean – the Punic Wars. Rome triumphed and Carthage was destroyed. The wars were First Punic War (264 to 241 BC), Second Punic War (218 to 201 BC), Third Punic War (149 to 146 BC). Between the first two of these Carthage also fought the Mercenary War (240–238 BC).


Philip Sabin’s Analysis of Ancient Warfare in Lost Battles

Lost Battles

I really like the analyse of Ancient Warfare in Lost Battles by Philip Sabin. So I’ve written up what captured my attention.

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Ancient Spanish Cavalry

Spanish Mustang

A few notes about Ancient Spanish Cavalry.

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Wargaming the Battle of Zama

Simon Miller's Zama

I’m interested in refighting the Battle of Zama. This is quite a popular focus for historical scenarios so I thought I’d have a look at what other people have done before collating my own thoughts. By chance, Zama was the theme of the Society of Ancients Battle Day in 2010. Not surprisingly the Battle Day, and Zama, got a lot of coverage in the Slingshot, the society journal, over the next few months. I’ve used those accounts to explore some key questions about how to refight the battle.

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Steven’s Ancient Spanish for Big Base DBA

Big Base DBA Ancient Spanish - Infantry

I’ve been rebasing my Rise of Rome armies for Big Base DBA. The first off the re-flocking table are the Ancient Spanish. 14 big bases of Iberian glory.

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Did the Carthaginians introduce the oval shield into Spain?

Iberian warrior from bas-relief c. 200 BC

Conventional wargaming wisdom is that Ancient Spanish light infantry carried a small buckler (Caetrata) and heavy infantry carried a large oval shield (Scutum) (see for example Head, 1982). The implication is that this division was always true. There was a similar division in the cavalry although the change to large shields was about the time of Hannibal.

Duncan Head at the 2010 Society of Ancients Battle Day offered some evidence to suggest the Carthaginians introduced the oval shield into their part of Spain – the Iberian part. He suggest this was deliberate Barcid policy to increase the proportion of

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Pity Those Ancient Spanish in DBA – The Army Points Say It All

Big Base DBA Ancient Spanish - Infantry

I’ve always felt the 12 element army size of DBA doesn’t give balanced games. Some folks have come up with points systems to deal with this. I thought I’d tally the points total for a few armies to see how they compare under a couple of the points systems. I’ve focussed on the Macedonian and Punic Wars and not too surprisingly the Ancient Spanish are the poor relatives.

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Roman versus Carthaginian Big Base DBA

Big Base DBA - Roman v Carthaginian - Right Flank Action

Andrew Coleby and I had a go at Big Base DBA. Andrew took Carthaginians and I took Polybian Roman. Andrew won – those pesky Gauls cut through my Legionnaires (again). Aside from being a good game it also proved the concept of Big Base DBA, i.e. big bases with lots of figures, big table, but using standard DBA.

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Revised Pyrrhic DBA Army List

The official DBA II/27 Pyrrhic 300BC-272BC army list for DBA is okay but:

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Revised Ancient Spanish DBA Army List

There are a few reasons I don’t like the official II/39 Ancient Spanish 240BC-20BC army list for DBA:

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DBA II/39 Ancient Spanish 240BC-20BC

Big Base DBA Ancient Spanish - Standard Army List

The II/39 Ancient Spanish army list for DBA represents those tribes of Spain and Portugal who fought the Romans and Carthaginians in the period 240BC-20BC, before, during and after the Punic Wars . This post is part of my series on Troop Identities in DBA Army Lists.

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DBA II/32 Later Carthaginian 275BC-146BC

The Later Carthaginian army fought the Romans in the of the Punic Wars. Represented by DBA army list II/32 Later Carthaginian 275BC-146BC. This post is part of my series on Troop Identities in DBA Army Lists.

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DBA II/33 Polybian Roman 275BC-105BC

The Roman army list for DBA during the Macedonian Wars, Punic Wars and Iberian Wars is II/33 Polybian Roman. This looks like a Consular army with two legions and two allied wings (ala). So roughly half of each troop type would be Roman and the other half Latin. This post is part of my series on Troop Identities in DBA Army Lists.

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DBA II/27 Pyrrhic 300BC-272BC

Pyrrhus, the King of Epiros, was the only Hellenistic general to defeat the Romans in battle. As far as I’m aware he is the only Hellenistic general to fight the Carthaginians. That means Pyrrhus is the point where the wars of Alexander successors met the Punic Wars. Pyrrhus campaigned in Epiros, Greece and Macedonia during 306-281 BC, in southern Italy against the Romans in 280-275 BC, against the Carthaginians in Sicily in 278-275 BC, against the Romans again in 275 BC, and back in Greece 275-272 BC. This post is part of my series on Troop Identities in DBA Army

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DBA I/61 Early Carthaginian 550-275BC

The Early Carthaginian army conquered parts of north Africa, Spain, Sardinia, and western Sicily. It is represented by the DBA army list I/61 Early Carthaginian. This post is part of my series on Troop Identities in DBA Army Lists.

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Troop Identities in DBA Army Lists

I play DBA quite a lot and with my current enthusiasm for Big Bases I’m rebasing my ancients and medieval armies for Big Base DBA. To help with that process I wanted to know what nationalities the DBA elements correspond to.

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