Thursday, December 21, 2006
When news of Secundus's march on Rome reached the ears of Tullus, he decided it was time to make a strike of his own. Tullus had so far played it safe recruiting in Africa and the outskirts of the Empire, now, he ordered his Legate in Tarraconensis to invade Gaul. Lucius Silius Famia marched an army made from vexillations of the VII Gemina and the newly recruited III Augusta into the Gaulish province of Narbonensis.
For the first time since the war began, the two sides now faced each other across a frontier. By this simple move, Tullus had put pressure on both Gaul and on the capital, Rome itself.
Panic sweeps through the capital as Secundus and his army grow closer. Lucius Plaudicus and the other leading senaters run from Rome and buy safe passage across the sea to join Tullus in Africa.
Tullus had no idea, that when the Senate had backed him in Rome, he would end up having to feed them all and put up with their constant bickering in Africa. A ship full of politicians was the last thing Tullus wanted to see turn up as he made his plans to invade the inner provinces of the Empire.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
At some point I am looking forward to returning and expanding my Waterloo range. The cherry on the cake being, the start of the British forces....I can't wait. Also, I have a large collection of Celts I am looking forward to finishing.
With the Roman campaign well under way now, the next job is to finally start to work out the points for each unit and army, for the wargaming. This will be a big job and one that I will have to set a weekend aside for. However, my friend has sent me a list of troop values he found on the Inter-net, which cover just about every troop type I can think of and one that will save me hours of work. It even includes some I thought I'd have to make up, like those of the Batavians for example.
This room has become abit of a shrine for me and one that I have come to spend hours in. Once you've painted a unit, It captures alot more than just the colours from a book, times and dates and locations are also captured and for the painter, it can be like a diary spanning back years and years and years. Woo...too deep, pull out!...that was close! Stick to the drawing simon.
Monday, December 18, 2006
The unit Secundus has trusted with his life, is made up of the renown Batavian cavalry. The German tribe paid no taxes to Rome unlike all other tribes in the Empire. This said, there was still a price to pay, for the tribe were natural fighters and Rome demanded that each year a certain amount of Batavians inlist to fight in the Roman army. The Batavians were also known for their ability to cross rivers in full armour, a skill lacking in other Auxiliary units of the time and one that was used to great effect in the conquest of Britain.
Below, the Young Roman general Venantius takes some seasoned advice for the oncoming battle, It will be to no avail.
Balearic slingers join the forces of Tullus. I decided to give some of them small shields to add alittle more variety to the unit, also I found the perfect place for one of my favourite figures. To bring these unruly stone throwers to heel, I popped a young Roman officer in amongst them. I love this figure but I have found it hard to put him into units of armoured legionaries. Now, I feel, he has found his place.
Centurion Vitus celebrates victory after the battle with his Gallic warcry.
Secundus is not known for his patience, and decides that he will not ask a third time. He mocks back in return "there is no third chance with Secundus!" Meanwhile alot of other senaters begin to realize, Secundus is alot closer to Rome than Tullus and his spainish armies. Rome is thrown into chaos as parties devide and argue over what to do.
Secundus straps on his helmet for battle and looks forward to meeting Lucius face to face.
Secundus was not happy!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Tullus too took the slow, cold months to lace his new provinces with roads, seeing new roads built in Baetra and Numidia. However, building the long narrow roads in the shifting sands of Numidia was no easy feat, but Roman sweat and craftsmenship won through in the end.....as always.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
The Senate turned him down flat, they took the bribe but laughed his messengers out of Rome.
Secundus took the news very badly and stormed around the camp cursing and vowing that now he had the German legions on his side, It would soon be him who'd be laughing.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
However, their constant fighting and campaigning have made them some of the best trained troops in the Empire.
Friday, November 24, 2006
So here it is at last, the world as we know it. It's all pretty self explanatory really, although it doesn't look it, both sides are earning roughly the same in Province income.
Tullus still uses his armies in vexillations down in Carthage and Secundus's whole army waits outside Raetia.
Note a tiny silver mine that has been found in Upper Britannia, shown by the white triangle.
Both armies seem to be keeping their distance from one another......but for how much longer?
Game after six turns each (one year and six months)
Raetia, however, didn't know what hit her as thousands of soldiers decended in to her towns and settlements looking for wine and entertainment. The men had been unhappy for along time and Secundus thought it was better for them to take it out on someone else for a change, instead of his treasury!
Morale soared that month.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
A very angry Secundus finds out that Tullus has won over the entire III Augusta in Africa and taken Carthage without a fight.
To add salt into the wound, the senate has declaired itself for Tullus and given it's full support to his cause.
More bribes next time I think......If there is a next time that is.
Although successful enemy propaganda slowed the construction by three weeks.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
In game terms Stuba's unit receives veteran status.
Monday, November 13, 2006
The winter for Tullus's troops was spent in good cheer, due to climent wheather in and around Hispania that year. However, Secundus's troops stationed in Lower Germany found it a very different afair! Polus had thought the winters on Hadrian's wall had been bad, but nothing compared to a winter spent in a tent on the edge of the Rhine. Grim!
Worse was to come as the waters froze, Barbarian raiders crossed the ice and attacked the settlements along the river.
The defected Spanish Cohorts were put straight to work on the construction of a town in Baetica, where they were to be kept under close observation for a time. They brought with them a shipment of grain they had stolen from Gaul which Secundus would come to feel the loss of, during the harsh German winter. Altogether, these three Cohorts had caused Secundus alot of trouble, something he would not forget!
With Mauretania Caeariensis under Tullus's control, the III Augusta stationed there started to enlist in Tullus's army. It wasn't long before a large vexillation was marching under the banner of the Spanish bull. Bolstered by this, Tullus marched head long into Numidia to claim it for himself. At first the Numidians offered no resistance and melted away before the army, It was only when the army was twenty miles into the Province did they attack. Attacking from both sides and cutting off any escape the Numidian horse caused havoc among the heavy Legionaries and their baggage train.
The province was finally taken with the aid of the V hispania horse, but with great loss to the advance cohorts of the VII Gemina. Tullus had lost hundreds of men for a province of dust and sand, but he was now one away from his goal....Carthage!
Three unhappy Cohorts slip away from the army of Secundus at night. And make their way through Gaul to join the forces of Tullus, stationed along the Tarraconensis border.
In game terms, 600pts worth.
With his own force still grumbling about pay, Secundus started to enlist fresh units from the German XXI Legion and soon a sizable vexillation had been recruited. These men were a ragged bunch and looked more like the Barbarians they had been fighting than Roman soldiers, But Secundus knew they were some of the best troops in the Empire.
However, this last insault was to much for the British legions and on the 12th September three whole Cohorts of Auxillaries ( mostly spainish) defected to the army of Tullus stationed in Tarraconensis. Secundus managed to stem the flow and quickly put the other units into road building to fill up their days, but the fact still remained he had lost a third of his invasion force to the enemy. Curse the Gods!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
In game terms, Tullus is now classed as a 'good General' and receives a +1 on certain tables, this plus is also applied to his stats on the game board.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Here is the game map after two turns each, which in game terms is equal to about six months. Tullus has split his army and fortified the border with gaul, whereas Secundus has kept his entire army together and invaded Lower Germany. Although Tullus's area may look more impressive, it brings in the same Denarii as Secundus's.
A province is worth 100 denarii, with 100 denarii for a city, 50 denarii for a town and 20 denarii for a small town each per turn.
After the income for a turn has been calculated there is the 'table of the Gods' to roll on. 'The table of the Gods' is a table with 1oo events both good and bad that may effect the turns income e.g troops mutiny over pay loose 285Denarii.
After this the player may choose a province to invade. For this he rolls on a table which is effected by factors depending on the situation. If the roll is successful the province comes over, if not he can either leave it or attack it. If he takes the province by force he rolls to see just how much damage was caused in the assault, again certain factors add or subtract before the result is reached.
The rules are alittle more complex than this of course, with resources that can be bought and that increase a provinces output each turn, but this is just to give you a rough idea of how the game works. After three normal 'campaign' turns the fourth is an off season turn. With Winter setting in, there is another D100 table to roll on and all provinces output is halved. The off season table can be quite harsh and it is a time of mostly spending out large amounts for repair etc.
Where there is a legionary base, new armies can be raised by spending your Denarii/points to buy the new armies. A field army is about 2000pts in Warhammer terms but can be split to make smaller units of 1000pts (vexillation). 1000pts worth of troops is the smallest unit that can be fielded on the map. And a player cannot use an army until it has reached at least the 1000pt mark.
Ports work by subtracting Denarii/points from the expense of sea travel. A section of sea costs 200 Denarii to cross, for every port owned a hundred Denarii is subtracted from the total cost. So with two ports, small crossings will basically be free due to the amount of ships available to the player.
I don't want to bore you so i'll leave it at that, just sit back and enjoy the cartoons if nothing else, and if anyone is interested I will try my best to answer any questions. These are still early days and the rules are still being added to and changed, but they appear to be working quite well and i'm pleased with them. Lastly, when big battles do arise they will be decided on the game board using the figures you may recognize from the Blog.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
After the mutiny, Secundus was not in the mood for knock backs, so when the province of Lower Germany refused to receive him he ordered a full scale attack. This was a risky thing to do for the province housed the XXI Rapax Legion and it could of gone very badly for Secundus. However with all these new Emperors running around the XXI were unwilling to commit to one side or the other and so stayed out of the action. This meant that Secundus was able to take the border defences with minimal losses. He now owned a province with a legion to recruit from, although that would take time and money to buy their loyalty.
Tullus down in Baetica still was having run of good luck. After a failed assassination attempt on his life, he strode on to cross the Mediterranean and take Mauretania Tingitana, with not a drop of Roman blood being spilt. And in July, he started the construction of a port on the coast of Baetica. The Gods were indeed in his favour.......for now at least.
With the the bad wheather dampening everyones spirits, morale was lifted by the province of Belgica, who flocked to the Secundus cause gladly (with a small bribe to sweeten the deal). Belgica had been unhappy for some time and they jumped at a chance to change their fortunes. However, the currupt governor, Titus Vedius back in Britannia had diverted alot of the army's pay into his own estate and properties, this was a minor setback for Secundus and one that saw the Governor on the end of a sword by the months end. With the Britannia free of her armies, he wouldn't be the only one who saw their chance to make it rich quick. Secundus didn't know it at the time but Vedius actions were to have grave repercussions two months later.
With Secundus now marching through Gaul, Tullus Holdrianus Hispanus decided to make his own bid for the power. In the march of 200 AD Tullus split his army into two Vexillations, taking one of them south into Baetica, which offered no resistance and welcomed the new Emperor with opened gates. It was in this month however that his progress was slowed slightly by bad supply lines and Tullus stayed in Baetica for another two months improving roads and supply routes.
The other half of his army was now given over to an old comrade of Tullus's, Legate Lucius Silius Famia. Stationed in Tarraconensis, Famia was to watch the border and organize troops in the area. Hispania had turned from a back water province to one of frantic activity in the space of three months. Tullus was on the move.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Stuba Bowmonica's Samation horse can be seen here scouting out in the wake of the army.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
A shot of the heavy armoured legionaries with their re-enforced helmets and arm guards.
As the sun finally breaks through the clouds, it reveals a man with alot on his mind.
Even though the rain was bad, Pollus was still glad to be back.
So much for good wheather...ever since the march began the heavens have thrown every thing at us. The Gods are very unhappy about something and alot of the old veterans are grumbling about bad omens. Still, I'm glad somethings are constant.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Cohort after cohort prepares to board the transports that will take them to Gaul and victory. The ground seems to shake under the weight of thousands of hob-nailed sandels. And the air rings with the blast of the hundreds of cornicens. Victory must follow such an army as this, surely?