Dienstag, 8. März 2011

Pyrrhus - first steps

After talking several hours with some specialists on the Roman army I decided to show the battle with a static line of Greek/Samnite infantry being attacked by the Romans. The Samnites in the gaps between the Phalanxes can't charge forward because they have to safe the flanks of the Phalanx. So it was the Romans turn to try to break the line (which actually happened in the battle). So the Greeks will be a strong line trying to advance, attacked by wave after wave of Romans. This would make it possible for the Romans to change the lines of Hastati and Prinzeps regulary.

So far for the theory, to show this on a plate is very difficult. We aggreed not to show the Punic war Manipel, but single centuries of Romans. BTW, I don't know any contemporary sources describing the Roman army 280 BC. So we don't know if this manipular organisation existed in these days.

See here a Roman century of Prinzeps, glued on our usual plates. I decided to show them 8 ranks deep and 10 wide for this battle. Enough to blog an advancing Phalanx of 16 men, and strong enough to break through the Samnites, Hypaspistes etc...

At the plate we will show the Romans of course in three lines, Hastati, Prinzeps, Triarier while we will use the Velites in the fight between the "tanks".
Here my idea of a Triarier formation (unfinished). Simply three ranks deep as we don't have enough figures. I hope we can expand this to a four-rank unit.

Here three centuries of Hastati which could blog two phalanxes which I glued on a single plate at the beginning of my idea. Maybe I have to remove them on smaller plates of single centuries later.

Comming to the enemies, the Samnites fought with their spear as a thrusting weapon. So we thought that they need something special. We want to show them in four ranks deep with a gap filled with javelineers and other light infantry, closed up by two ranks of heavy armed infantry to fight back an eventually break-through. We know from Alexander the great, that light troops were intermixed with the phalanxes.

Just for fun part of the phalanx. And as I still have to glue some lances on the HAT, just the beginning of the second

And the first try of a battleline to see how it works.

Here I have glued around 430 Romans and 330 Greeks on the plates. All in all we alreacy broke the 7000 figure mark in the meantime.

If still one wants to volunteer to join the project, I would be glad to receive a mail! The diorama will be on show for the first time on the DUZI in October this year.


  1. Well you´ve put my efforts so far to shame...but I´m working on it!! :-D

  2. Hi Paul,

    hey I am still waiting with your mail of the painted numbers:-))) Every figure counts!


  3. Those look great. I had the Zvezda and Hat Macedonians - painted, but never based or gamed. Very impressive work and brings back fond memories of the ones I had. Regards, Dean