These also have been complete for a few years, having been completed when I was living in Singapore. As with the Numidians, I thought it was a good idea to show these off as well. I did in fact finish painting this army in March 2014 in Singapore.
The DBA interpretation of the Roman Army from this time assumes that the Camillan reforms to the Roman Army changed around the time of Rome’s battles with Pyrrhus of Epirus and the army appeared as described by Polybius. The army remained in this form until the reforms of Gaius Marius.
While there are significant differences between the organisation of the Marian Army as compared with the Polybian Romans, when I get around to finishing the Singapore project I started in 2012, which essentially was to put together a Punic Wars set, I will be able to use items from the other armies to produce a Marian Roman army from the Polybian troops then coupled with the previously mentioned Numidians, re-fight some battles from the Jugurthine War (112–106 BCE).
In addition, I have a bag full of pike men here as well, so when the plague passes, a small order to Baccus6mm could see an Epirot army built as well.
General and bodyguard
Equites – or cavalry if your Latin is not up to it
These have been complete for a few years now but I thought that as I was showing off new 6mm armies, I should show off a few older ones as well. Today, it is the turn of the Numidians.
The Numidians/Moors are recorded from the time of the Punic Wars to just after the Heraclian Dynasty in the East and the start of the Twenty Years’ Anarchy in Byzantium.
The Numidians were renowned as the best light cavalry in the period around the Punic Wars and are one of the easiest armies to paint, consisting of a plain tunic of unbleached material, a plain hide shield (undecorated as near as I can find), flesh and hair. Job done, a true four colour paint job!
The Numidians and Moors rode ponies, generally without bridles or saddles controlling their ponies with their knees. They were usually light troops and performed excellent service for both the Carthaginians and the Romans.
These make a great army for a campaign set as they were both allies and enemies to the Carthaginians as well as to the Romans. If I grab a few more I can even manage the civil war between Jugurtha and Adherbal in 112 BCE.
The figures are from Baccus 6mm Miniatures. I finished painting these back in 2011 when living in Singapore (goodness, has it been that long?). They are part of a set known in Thomo’s Hole as the Singapore Project. The army was constructed for the previous version of the DBA rules as are the rest of that set. DBA Version 3 was released in 2014.
The Command base as Cavalry. There is a Light Horse command as well
I finally finished these over the last couple of days, the Anglo-Saxons for DBA as part of the Bloodaxe Project. The post that took the original idea and then set it all in motion is the Dark Age Campaign Set – the Figures needed and Dark Age Campaign Set – the Figures ordered. Noticing how long ago it was I purchased the figures, it has been a year to get one of the six armies complete. If I keep at the same rate, I will have it all finished by Christmas 2026.
These troops represent the Anglo-Saxons from about 701 CE onward, about the time the Anglo-Saxons adopted shield wall tactics in battle until the time of Knut.
The army as painted covers the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia, East Anglia and Northumbria as well as some minor states.
These kingdoms were the ones that bore brunt of the Viking invasions and later struggle for control of England.
For those looking for the inspiration for this period, there are many books, both fiction and non-fiction around the period as well as coverage with fictional and semi-fictional TV series coming to mind. The Last Kingdom, set in the time of Alfred’s England and the Vikings, set just a little earlier are two that come to mind.
In wargame terms and for the DBA wargame rules, the army is III/24b Anglo-Saxon Army 701-1016 AD. The army as painted can also be used (morphed) into the Anglo-Saxons of 617 to 700 CE, when the infantry behaved more like warbands.
The great fyrd – poorer or older retired warriors
The members of the shield wall – spearmen fighting closely packed
The general or king in company with his hird – the best warriors in the shieldwall armed in part with big axes
Archers or scouts – for annoying the enemy and ranging ahead of the warriors to avoid ambushes
The rest of the hird, the best warriors in the shieldwall armed in part with big axes
I knew it would happen. I was reading David Pilling’s Ambrosius for my midnight read with a glass of Dr. Feelgood before retiring for the evening. I thought I could control the urges but the addiction was too strong.
We’ve been in Enhanced Community Quarantine here not for 37 days with at least 9 more days to go, but also with many rumours that the government will extend for an additional two to four weeks.
So in those evening hours, after a glass and a read and just before drifting off to sleep, one’s mind turns to thinking about … Sub-Roman British.
I’m thinking, “it can’t be too hard and won’t require many figures, after all I have a fair spares box from the Vikings in 6mm – the Project Start project which interestingly is a project I started one year ago, then got distracted with some ships.
So, I thought that I could use the the left-over Ostrogoths from that project and use them as your fairly generic hairy barbarian types. That project also provides some barbarian cavalry and archers as well. Once the post returns to normal I would just need to get a few Late Roman types for some of the cavalry and the more Roman looking infantry. Of course that purchase would need to wait until post is flowing freely in the Philippines again and Baccus 6mm recommences moulding. The Anglo-Saxons for the Viking project can be re-purposed. In the Sub-Roman Britain time they were all basically dense warband in wargaming terms. In the Viking times, they had become a little more organised and had a few warband but must were densely packed spears. Voila, instant transformation.
And I was going to eave it there, honest guv’nor, I was.
I started to read book 2 off Pilling’s Leader of Battles Series and started to think back to the Sub-Roman British of Ambrosius’s time. The same army would do for Ambrosius or Artorius, however, why not reproduce Vortigern’s army as well?
And if I cam going to do Vortigern’s, perhaps I should consider the hairy Scots, the Irish, Welsh and Picts of the time. Yes six armies would make a lovely campaign set again, with Ambrosius and Vortigern sometimes combining to see off the Scots and Irish, at other times facing each other across the field of battle.
So, another project to plan and an excuse to rifle through the leftover boxes on the weekend to see what I really need to purchase later to complete this set.
What is worrying is that there are three more books in the Leader of Battles series following. Still, I am resisting the urge for Artorius to travel to Gaul and assist against the Visigoths … I would need more figures for that and as a responsible wargamer I could not consider doing that … yet!
I have been re-purposing some 6mm figures recently and had re-based and am in the process of decorating the bases of some Early Imperial Romans. I purchased them a few years ago to base for Polemos’ SPQR Ancients. I decided to move off SPQR Ancients and return to DBA and/or Basic Impetus for my Ancient Wargaming, partly on the basis of space. When I purchased the Romans, I also purchased Numidians and a Pontic Army. The Numidians have been hacked around providing filler for the some other forces I have and I had clean forgotten about the Pontic army.
I rediscovered those figures the other day when looking for some decals in a little accessed box. Goodness I have a few. In fact, the following (all Baccus 6mm):
144 x Thureophoroi
18 x Skythian Light Horse
48 x Foot Archers
6 x Generals
18 x Tarantine (??) Cavalry
18 x Cataphracts
144 x Imitation Legionaries
144 Phalangites with no Sarissa
192 Pikemen (pikes forward and raised)
192 Pikeman (pikes raised)
16 x lights, chariot crew, don’t know what
Quite a mountain of figures so … a re-purposing is in order. I can make a Mithradatic Pontic force (DBA Book II/48) from this bunch and will likely have enough figures left over to build another DBA army, maybe of Successors. I will need to add a couple of things though:
Scythed Chariot (maybe 2)
some Javelinmen (maybe I can get some leftovers from the Erik Bloodaxe project)
some Companions (for guard)
Of course this will naturally segue into more forces as the enemies need to be built as well and Pontus managed to acquire quite a few over time:
Marian Romans (although I can substitute the Camillan (Polybian) or Early Imperial Romans for these.
I am really enjoying the ancient period again and I can see my lead pile increasing in the near futures again!
I’m sitting here, suffering with that most horrible of diseases, man ‘flu, looking out over a hazy, smoggy Manila Bay with a coffee and listening to the wireless playing Christmas Carols (it is the ‘ber months after all). I am also reading Jason Abdale’s recent work, The Great Illyrian Revolt concerning “Rome’s forgotten war in the Balkans AD 6-9” (review to come later – Mal’s review is here).
So as I am reading I am also thinking, “hmm, I am repurposing some Early Imperial Romans to DBA use, and they will make two armies”, followed by, “the Illyrian Revolt Abdale is talking about occurred just before the loss of the four legions in the Battle of Teutoburg … hmmm”.
So I started thinking, here is an excuse to buy some more wargame figures (like a wargamer needs an excuse!). Better, I can double up armies. The Illyrians are basically a loose style (Auxilia) within DBA rules so may need a little tweaking to start to get some historical balance. They also fought themselves as much as external enemies but those external enemies included Romans and Greeks so they fit well with the figures I have painted already as well as the future plans (the Peloponnesian Wars one in particular).
In addition, I could add to the Illyrians a couple of German armies for an additional enemy for the Early Imperial Romans.
As to the look of the Illyrians, I will need to do some more research, always a good thing, but I am thinking from what I have read recently, perhaps a little Thracian like, with some southern Italian, and Greek Thureophoroi rolled in. One of the neat things about the Illyrians will be the ability to raid my spares box and drag out a few of different types of figures to mix it.
The clothing colours of the Illyrians are described as broad, colourful vertical stripes.
The illustration the the left is from the Warlords Games website, a firm who offers Illyrians in 28mm size, although they are currently out of stock.
My forces will be in 6mm size – probably from Baccus and Rapier as both those ranges are close in size. So yes, just what I need, another project. I think I will stop weighing the lead pile and simply measure the number of incomplete and unstarted projects to estimate the future lifespan of the wargamer!
I have tried some of the Perfect Captains rules before and enjoyed. In fact, I seem to recall interacting with them what seems a lifetime ago. I thought I would give a shout out to them however here, especially as they have a number of different types of rules for different periods. I can recommend getting into them, most work well and those that are a little obtuse become clear after a little reexamination.
I am thinking of using these for my hoplite project, I’ll let you know how that goes.
While I was back in Australia visiting mother, I thought it would be a good idea to buy some more ships. Not modern warships, not World War II, World War I or Russian Japanese War. Not Napoleonic but rather ancient vessels. OK, I did buy some World War I ships, an American fleet pack, however everything else was ancient.
I already had a Roman and a Carthaginian fleet pack pack in Australia so packed that and brought it back to Manila. Each pack has about 20 vessels in it. An order was sent off to Navwar for more galleys – there are never enough – and I purchased:
Hellenistic pack (Greek Warships mostly with a couple of large vessels) – about 20 vessels
Phoenician pack (same but a little different enough to make it a little more interesting on the tabletop – about 20 vessels
two packs each of:
four packs of Lembus
This should provide a nice basis for some galley on galley action. I like the Navwar galleys for their cost, and painted they look the business. I may add a couple of Langton galleys in the future as flagships and such. Biggest decision prior to painting will be to paint them with sails up (colourful) or sales down (historically more correct).
Right, well that’s another project to get going on with – only about 100 other projects to finish before these little beasties turn up from England.
To begin the process of adding more lead to the pile, I mean, after all, you can never have enough lead, I looked at all the figures I would need then though, I should by these in groups as they will cost a bloke an arm and a leg. I then received a bonus at work and thought, “what wargaming items can I spend this on … after all, it’s mine, allllll mine”!
Damn it if it did not seem like a great idea to get all the lead for this project, after all, it was only going to be another 1,800 figures or so. Best part was, when I looked at the order, I calculated that there would be enough left over to purchase a World War 2 French army for Blitzkrieg Commander IV. This was important as I had picked up a paint set in Sydney from Hobbyco. Even though the store was disappointing, the paint was not. French armour from World War 2, paints were Ammo by mig. I have wanted to try these paints for a while and yes I know, I could have purchased a set for early war British or something but the French seemed so, well, colourful and best, it means I will have a WW2 and a Modern French force.
What exactly did I purchase. Remember that I was looking to build the project around six armies:
East Frankish and
So, what did I purchase I hear you ask? Here is the order list of pack numbers I purchased:
1 x CIS17 – Saracen Command
1 x CIS01 – Seljuq Turk Heavy Cavalry
1 x CIS04 – Seljuq Turk Light Cavalry – Gallop
1 x CIS09 – Fatamid Spearmen
1 x CIS16 – Sudanese Spearmen
East and West Frankish
1 x EMC – Early Mediaeval Casualties
2 x EMN01 – Norman Armoured Cavalry, charging
1 x EMN02 – Norman Armoured Cavalry, stood
1 x EMN03 – Norman unarmoured Cavalry
1 x EMN04 – Norman armoured infantry
1 x EMN05 – Norman Archers
1 x EMN07 – Norman Crossbowmen
1 x EMN06 – Norman Leaders
1 x AGO03 – Gothic Heavy Cavalry
1 x EMA01 – Huscarles with Spear
1 x EMA02 – Huscarles with Axe
2 x EMA03 – Fyrd Spearmen
1 x EMA04 – Anglo Saxon Archers
1 x EMA05 – Saxon Leaders and command
Viking and Leidang
2 x EMV01 – Armoured Spearmen
2 x EMV02 – Unarmoured Spearmen
1 x EMV03 – Armoured Axemen
1 x EMV04 – Viking Archers
1 x EMV05 – Viking Luminaries and Loonies
1 x AGO01 – Gothic Infantry
1 x AGO02 – Gothic Archers
The armies will morph as well. I can make Irish Viking out of these figures for a bit of variation. I can also manage the Finns as well
The entire armies will be Baccus and I will admit to looking forward to their arrival. I am trying to clear the painting table and queue in anticipation. Mind you, I am not sure that ordering 1,800 figures in one hit, even 6mm figures, is the smartest thing to do. Still, wargamers will understand.