DBA II/56 Early Imperial Romans

An army that I finished a while ago, but didn’t get around posting about: Early Imperial Romans. I enjoyed painting them a ton and spend close to 80 hours doing so. Luckilly there’s plenty of podcasts about Romans that I ended up listening while painting.

Models are from Corvus Belli, but has since been discontinued. I bought them at the same time with my Carthagians, having an idea that it’s better to have two armies than one and being able to fight sort of historical battles. Of course I didn’t realize that later Carthagians are from older period and early imperial Romans, so it seems that couple more armies is in order.

overall

Early Imperial Romans

There’s notable lack of ranged options in this army, only two elements are capable of ranged fire: 4Bw and Art.

caroballista

Caroballista ready to fire

On a retrospect I realized that maybe I should have had the caroballista fire to opposite direction. That way I could have had one legionare sitting on the cart, holding reins. On the other hand, this way they’re firing to the direction there advancing, which seems more fitting for agressive roman army.

blades

Legionnaires advancing

Core of the army is formed around legionnaires. 4Bd is slow, ponderous and very effective in close combat (provided they can catch the fleeing enemy). I usually end up deploying them in the center and marching towards the enemy without too many tricks. And it seems to work more often than not.

auxilia

Auxialary units advancing in flank

While legionnaires take care of the center, wings are often handled by auxiliary elements. They seem to be more suited fighting in bad going than legionnaires in any case and being somewhat faster, can try and outflank the opposing forces.

cavalry

Mounted general leading a charge

Faster option for flanking is provided by cavalry. There isn’t that many elements of them, only 2 regular ones and one general’s element.

footcommand

Legate with their personal command

If mounted general isn’t leading the army, then the 4Bd one will take the role. While it sounds fitting to have them in the center and front, this also places them in the harm’s way. But having that little bit extra punch in the middle can sometimes make the battle that would have otherwise been lost.

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