Monday, 27 October 2014

Test photos: Command stands

These are the command bases for the next legion:
They are as always by Companion Miniatures, with one or two officers thrown in by other manufacturers.  I finished them a couple of weeks ago, but haven't had the time to take photos and make a blog post about them until now.
The shield transfers (LBMS) are for Warlord Miniatures figures, and are a bit large for the Companion shields, so I had to cut them to size.  I knew I would have to do this, but I liked this particular design so I thought the extra effort was worth it.  They do curl up at the edges, but instead of working with them I left some of them damaged and/or overpainted; this is meant to be a veteran legion, so I want them to be a bit rough and ready.  I think they are okay on these particular guys, though.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Campaign Events, 133-129 BC(E)

Here we go:
Autumn 133
  • Roman reinforcements are sent marching overland from Illyria to Macedonia, en route to the new province of Asia.
  • The Sicilian Slave Revolt is finally put down.
  • The Parthians march from the Bactrian border to make a surprise invasion of Babylonia; the Ptolemaic defenders retire in haste to Palmyra.
Spring 132
  • The Roman reinforcements arrive in Asia.
  • The Parthians incorporate Babylonia.
Summer 132
  • Pergamum formally capitulates before the legions of Rome; tax farmers move in en masse.
  • The Parthians move into Assyria.
Autumn 132
  • The Romans continue to mop up chunks of Asia Minor by marching into Phrygia.
  • The Parthians take Assyria unopposed.
Spring 131
  • Rome annexes Phrygia.
  • The Egyptians reinforce Palmyra.
  • The Parthians raid Syria; anarchy ensues northwards as various petty kingdoms emerge to the east of Galatia.
Summer 131
  • The Romans march into Lydia.
  • The Parthians return with treasure to Assyria.
Autumn 131
  • Lydia falls to Rome.
  • The Parthians move into Adiabene.
Spring 130
  • The Romans go beyond the boundaries of the Pergamene Bequest into Caria.
  • The Indians send reinforcements northwards.
  • Adiabene is annexed by the growing Parthian Empire.
Summer 130
  • Caria annexed by Rome.
  • The Parthians move into Sophene.
Autumn 130
  • The Romans march into Pamphylia.
  • Sophene annexed by Parthia.
Spring 129
  • Pamphylia is now Roman.
  • The Parthians attack Palmyra.
So that's it; a period of relative peace as the Romans and Parthians mop up a large number of minor territories between them, and everyone else builds up their forces. The next battle sees a large Ptolemaic army facing off against the might of Parthia.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Romans arrive in Asia Minor

A Roman army arrives to take possession of the Pergamene Bequest, and finds itself under attack by a loyalist army led by the nobleman Aristonicus.  This is the first time our campaign has seen the red tide wash up on the far shores of the Hellespont. I built both army lists and supplied most of the figures. 
First up is how the Roman right looks to the Pergamene commanders: all of their cavalry is here, along with some skirmishers.
Their centre: two Roman legions to their centre right, and two Socii legions at the centre left, all with velites out front.  A familiar sight in the campaign.
Their left flank is covered by auxiliary peltasts, Thracians and Cretan archers.  Billy commanded the right half of their army, Gordon the left.
The Pergamene left: cavalry.
A large but mediocre phalanx in the centre.
The Pergamene right - two large units of peltasts and some blank bases to denote a very large unit of thureophoroi.  I run the left of the army, and Graham will command the right.  He is running late, though, but once he arrives the blanks will be replaced by resplendent wee men.
A long sideshot from our left and the Roman right.  This is how the armies look after the initial move.
A lower photo of the Romans at this point.
How our lot looks from the same angle.
The battle develops on my wing, the Pergamene left.
The infantry centres close. We have superiority in numbers to our right centre, but Romans are tough. Aristonicus expects to lose, but to give the Romans a hard time in the process.
Graham angles in at our extreme right - the thureophoroi have arrived.
Another side shot of the entire field.
A large cavalry melee.
And two very large infantry melees. The Romans have advanced a bit further forward than their allies.
How it all looks from the side now.
Another low angle shot.
At the other end of the field, the Greek-type auxiliaries have all been chased off and the Pergamene thureophoroi are moving into position.
My cavalry are doing okay, but are taking heavy losses at the same tine.
The phalanxes, meanwhile perform badly.  Those legionaries are tough.
The thureophoroi close in on the Latin Hastati.
My cavalry look as though they are about to threaten the Roman flank, but in fact are pretty much exhausted themselves.
Our centre begins to give way.
Our only reasonable success: Graham's thureophoroi.

The Pergamenes collapse without damaging the legions very much, although many of the Hastati were almost broken. After counting up the damage, though, it does indeed turn out that the Romans are not quite able to take the province.  A few reinforcements will soon sort that.