Wille calls his large shed for gaming his Kriegshut, and to celebrate its return after much refurbishment, we are putting on a rather grand ancients battle on Saturday. These photos show the setup.
The battle is loosely based on historical events. The young Gnaeus Pompeius (who calls himself Magnus), has decided that he needs to show all of Rome that he truly is great by marching on Sertorius in Spain. After raising auxiliaries from his home estates in Northern Italy and Cisalpine Gaul to add to the five legions voted him in exasperation by the senate, he marches through Gallia Transalpina, overawing the locals and levying more troops as he goes. He has a real chip on his shoulder about coming from Picenum and feels the need to prove himself once and for all. Arriving in Spain, he is joined by a contingent of Numidian auxiliaries sent by the long-suffering Metellus, who has been campaigning against Sertorius for several years now. The war is at a stalemate, but Metellus sees the coming of Pompey as a chance to increase the odds, just so long as the headstrong Pompey doesn't get himself and his army killed. The combined force meets the army of Sertorius, composed of three veteran legions, supplemented by many Spanish and Celtiberians. The fight is on.
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