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by MarkusB
Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Polybian Roman
Replies: 28
Views: 5536

Re: Polybian Roman

Actually, that sounds like an army list change, with the "description" of the Bad Horse in question including that "such troops were a mixture of foot and mounted, and should be represented <blah blah blah>" or similar. The only problem is that is a set-up for the parenthetical army list form I par...
by MarkusB
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: General Rules Discussion
Topic: Rabble Movement Rate
Replies: 10
Views: 3098

Re: Rabble Movement Rate

I just don't understand why shieldwall troops (Spear) can run down rabble when hoplites (Heavy Foot) can't. I understand all of the others since they are faster, more capable, have ranged weapons, etc. I just don't see sheildwall chasing down panicking rabble. Are you referring to the fact that rab...
by MarkusB
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Polybian Roman
Replies: 28
Views: 5536

Re: Polybian Roman

"Hamippoi, 0 pts: For every Javelin Cavalry stand in the army, you may replace a stand of Rabble or Light Foot with another Javelin Cavalry stand, and for each Bad Horse stand you may similarly replace a Rabble or Light Foot stand with another Bad Horse stand. Both the original and the new mounted ...
by MarkusB
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Camillan Roman
Replies: 3
Views: 953

Re: Camillan Roman

I'm struggling to find anything right now, but in the past I've read someone suggesting that in the oldest manipular legions, being an 'hastatus' was a prestige status, and that 'principi' were just the 'principal' (most numerous) type of troopers- however, their relative position at deployment seem...
by MarkusB
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Polybian Roman
Replies: 28
Views: 5536

Re: Polybian Roman

Thank you Andreas, lots of food for thought in your answer. So if I understand correctly, there might be grounds for a couple of (entirely optional) battle cards, covering bad horse with intermingled rabble (hamippoi), and light infantry hitching a lift (velites). However, the sources are so vague t...
by MarkusB
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Polybian Roman
Replies: 28
Views: 5536

Re: Polybian Roman

IIRC, something similar (cavalry-skirmisher assistance, or perhaps cavalry-rabble assistance depending upon classification) is attested for some of the Greekies (called "hammipoi"?) Right, the hammippoi... Yes, they are usually referred to as light infantry closely cooperating with cavalry, but we ...
by MarkusB
Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Polybian Roman
Replies: 28
Views: 5536

Re: Polybian Roman

In his Ab Urbe Condita Libri CXLII (often called "Historiae"), book XXVI, Titus Livius famously describes the first time Velites were employed against Carthaginian cavalry (at Capua in 211 BC). Small and agile legionaries were chosen to 'hitch a lift' with equites, dismounting just before contact wi...
by MarkusB
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Matilda of Tuscany
Replies: 3
Views: 882

Re: Matilda of Tuscany

I don't claim any expertise on this, but I was born in Bologna, and a few of the scrabbles involving Matilda (spelled Matilde in modern italian for some reason) happened close to my home town, so I've heard about them. None of them were pitched battles involving fully deployed armies... The Battle o...
by MarkusB
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Army List Discussions
Topic: Meshwesh minor errors and typos
Replies: 121
Views: 14732

Re: Meshwesh minor errors and typos

It's not completely clear where we ought to express it. There are a large number of upsides to having online army lists, but a few downsides exist. One of them is cases like this, where the complexity of the information being expressed by the army list is not intuitive, and normally would be expres...
by MarkusB
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Rules Questions
Topic: Group move in difficult terrain : cost in CP ?
Replies: 18
Views: 4218

Re: Group move in difficult terrain : cost in CP ?

David Kuijt wrote:Must help a LOT in combat!
It might seem to help, but it's an almost irrelevant boost when compared with my superior tactical genius. :D