Archive for April, 2010

Etruscan Captain

The 2010 Adepticon historical figure.  A fun model to paint – the quilted armor is rather fast and easy to take care of.  A rather odd side effect of the close up picture – looks like the captain is sporting a 5 o’clock shadow.

The Ancient Warfare  IV-1 magazine has more information about this solder and the Etruscan people.  Unfortunately, I have yet to get a hold of a copy.

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The Rise of Rome

The “lost” WAB book The Rise of Rome by Allen Curtis is now being published in serial format by Wargames Soldiers and Strategy magazine.  The first installment in issue #52 Feb 2010, provides background and army lists (WAB and Crusader) for Etruscans and Latins (including Rome itself).  The lists are founded in the era of Lars Porsenna (500BC) but also contain options for Samnite era (300BC) armies.  The article is well stocked with photos from Gorgon Studios and Aventine Miniatures.  I was able to purchase my copy in the US through On Military Matters.

The historical record on the Etruscan military is a bit thin – leaving the author little to work with  other than a few guesses and a good imagination.  Unfortunately, this leaves the Etruscan list limited in it choices.   The main body of the army is the Greek style hoplite phalanx with a supporting cast of Priests, Axemen, skirmishers, low quality cavalry and chariots.  The leadership of the army is rather poor, although inexpensive characters are available to compensate for this.  Finally, the list uses a version of Oracles called Divination to round out the options.  The Latin list is rather similar- having stronger characters, a light infantry option, better over all leadership and chariots only as a character option.

I have been able to play 1 game with the new Etruscan list… and it did live up to its historical legacy by turning in a solid defeat.

The series is scheduled to include history on the early Carthaginian forces and lists for a variety of other Italian armies.

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Reading List: Greeks

Arms and Armour of the Greeks by A. M. Snodgrass, as the name implies this text focuses on the weapons of the Greeks.  I was surprised to learn that the most famous part of the hoplite kit – the bronze plate corslet, originated in central Europe then spread via trade to Greece in the 8th century and Italy in the 7th century.  The plate corslet with grieves remained in use in Italy into the 4th century – long past its use in Greece.  By the time of the Persian wars, the Greek Hoplite was wearing a linen corslet.  Which may explain the increased mobility demonstrated by the hoplites against the Persians in several battles.  The final chapter of the book discusses the troops in Phillip/Alexander’s Macedonian army.  I would recommend this section to anyone playing in this period – not only are the pike men well described with a 2 foot rounded shield and no armour, but role and fashion of the hypaspists.

The Greek and Persian Wars by John Hale is an audio recording.  Normally I like to read my books, but I found this set of lectures well constructed and well spoken.  Not only did the set provide a firm eduction in the Greek and Persian wars, but it help provide a guide to the pronunciation various historical people and places.  Being able to hear these names spoken is a huge help in being able to bend my tong and ear to these difficult sounds.

A history of ancient Sparta by Timothy B. Shutt, is an audio recording.  However, unlike the work by Hale – the content is shallow and the lecture is poorly spoken.

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