I’m interested in the Punic Wars and Roman conquest of Hispania (240 – 20 BC) and Carthaginian was my first ancients army. But that was 20mm and plastic. Now I’m a 15mm guy so I’ve been building up Carthaginian army for the period for 20 years. The army has done service under DBM but more recently using Field of Glory.
The majority of figures are from Essex Miniatures although Chariot Miniatures (now owned by Magister Militum) also appear.
Ross Pirie, Ian Galley and Roland Davis all painted some of the army based on my Punic Wars Painting Guide. If I look closely I can tell which figures were painted by which person but as they all use the Black Undercoat Method the casual observer can’t tell the difference.
I flocked them using Sand, Flat Earth paint, and Dry Brushing.
Mid Republican Roman Light Foot
In FoG most Light Foot javelinmen are Unprotected but unusually Roman Light Foot javelinmen have the option to be Unprotected or Protected. I assume the Protected variety are Velites with the large shield (3′) and metal helmet and the Unprotected option represents the guys with spear and javelins but no shield. .
Head (1982) believed Roman Light Infantry changed from Leves to Velites in 211 BC. Sekunda (1996), however, points out that Livy uses the word Velite in his account of Regulus’s defeat in 255 BC. Sekunda says the 211 BC reference is in fact when the velites were first mounted behind cavalrymen.
Mid Republican Roman Starter Army
As musing on Republican Roman Light Foot in Field of Glory I’ve upgrated the light foot of the Starter Army from Unprotected to Protected (Javelin and Shield). This increases the points from 587 to 595.
|Num BG||Troops||Type||Armour||Quality||Training||Shooting POA||Impact POA||Melee POA||Special||Number of bases||Point per base||BG value||Total Value|
|4||Hastati & Principes||HF||Armoured||Superior||Drilled||–||Impact foot||Skilled swordsmen||–||4||14||56||224|
|1||Italian Allied Foot||MF||Protected||Average||Drilled||–||Light spear||Swordsmen||–||6||7||42||42|
Steven’s Biggest Mid Republican Roman
This is the biggest army I can field with the figures I’ve got painted.
|Num BG||Troops||Type||Armour||Quality||Training||Shooting POA||Impact POA||Melee POA||Special||Number of bases||Point per base||BG value||Total value|
|4||Hastati & Principes (Veteran)||HF||Armoured||Superior||Drilled||–||Impact foot||Skilled swordsmen||–||4||14||56||216|
|2||Triarii (Veteran)||HF||Armoured||Elite||Drilled||–||Offensive spearmen||–||–||2||16||32||64|
|6||Hastati & Principes||HF||Armoured||Average||Drilled||–||Impact foot||Swordsmen||–||4||10||40||240|
|1||Italian Allied Pedites Extraordinarii||MF||Armoured||Superior||Drilled||–||Light spear||Swordsmen||–||4||12||48||48|
|1||Italian Allied Foot||MF||Protected||Average||Drilled||–||Light spear||Swordsmen||–||8||7||56||56|
My notes on expanding the army:
- Another Legion. Takes me to the maximum.
- 8 stands Hastati & Principes (4 figures / stand)
- 2 stands Triarri (4 figures / stand)
- 4 stands Velites (2 figures / stand)
- 4 stands Leves (2 figures / stand)
- +4 stands Italian Allied Foot (4 figures / stand). Takes me to the maximum.
Bodley Scott, R., Gaukroger, N., Hamilton J., and Robinson, P. (2008). Field of Glory Companion 1: Rise of Rome: Republican Rome at War. Osprey.
Head, D. (1982). Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars 359 BC to 146 BC. Wargames Research Group.
Sekunda, N. (1996). Republican Roman Army 200-104 BC. Osprey [Men-at-Arms 291].