The Late Romans

350-400 AD

 

 

 

LATE ROMAN LIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL RULES

*1             Shieldwall
*2             Skirmish
*3             Shock
*4             Slow
*5             Light Artillery
*6             Warband
*7             Portents

Veterans. Veterans are the best and most experienced of the Roman infantry units – essentially elite troops armed and equipped as described below.

Legiones & Auxilia Palatina These are the standard Roman infantrymen with long sword, spear, shield and – usually – with mail armour as well. They could also have darts or javelins to throw at relatively short ranges.

Pseudocomitatenses. Limitianei troops transferred into the field armies—such troops are recorded in the Notitia.

Foederati. Towards the end of the  C4th the western armies suffered two heavy defeats in civil wars and in the second Franks (etc) were recruited in significant numbers. It is likely this was the start of the use of relatively unassimilated barbarians. The eastern armies do not seem to have done this.

Sagittarii . Bow armed units  - according to Vegetius such units were armoured and they probably carried shield as patterns for archer units are included in the Notitia Dignitatum—as such they have been categorised as ‘heavy’ with a pip of armour.

Skirmishers. Infantry units fighting as skirmishers – with long sword, shield and javelins or, alternatively, with bows.

Mounted Skirmishers. These include units equipped with shields and javelins known as Illyrian cavalry, and units of horse archers .

Scholae. These are the very best of the heavy cavalry units and have been made available in limited numbers to reflect this. Otherwise they are equipped as for other Equites.

Equites. These are the standard cavalry units – they go by different names such as Scutarii and Promoti, but are all equipped in the same way with long sword, shield, armour, and spears.

Cataphracts & Clibanarii. These are the heaviest cavalry, well armoured and riding armoured horses, and armed with long lances (kontos).

Equites Dalmatia. These are skirmishing cavalry armed with javelins and the category includes all such types regardless of origin

Equites Sagittarii. These are dedicated horse archer units.

Balistarii. Light artillery pieces—dart throwing machines and their crews.

Portents. The player can take the portents before the battle. This allows the General to re-roll one failed Command roll once during the battle. Take the Command test again—if successful the order is issued and the General can continue giving orders if you wish.

 

EASTERN ARMIES

A Late Roman army can be chosen from either the eastern or western list. In an eastern army the number of Catafractarii and Clibanarii units may not exceed half the total number of cavalry fielded. The number of Balistarii units is limited to a maximum of 1 per 1000pts as noted, but cannot exceed 2 in total regardless of army size.

 

Troop

Type

Attack

Range

Hits

Armour

Cmnd

Unit

Size

Min/

Max

Points

Notes

Veterans

Infantry

4

-

3

5+

-

3

-/1

75

*1

Legiones & Auxilia Palatina

Infantry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

6/-

65

*1

Sagittarii

Infantry

2

30

3

6+

-

3

-/6

50

 

Skirmishers

Infantry

1

15

3

-

-

3

-/4

30

*2

Scholae

Cavalry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

-/1

110

*3

Catafractarii & Clibanarii

Cavalry

3

-

3

4+

-

3

-/3see above

125

*3, 4

Equites

Cavalry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

1/4

80

 

Equites Dalmatia

Cavalry

1

15

3

-

-

3

-/2

40

*2

Equites Sagittarii

Cavalry

1

30

3

-

-

3

-/2

60

*2

Balistarii

Artillery

1

40

3

-

-

2

-/1see above

50

*5

General

General

+2

-

-

-

9

1

1

125

 

Leader

Leader

+1

-

-

-

8

1

-/2

80

 

WESTERN ARMIES

A Late Roman army can be chosen from either the eastern or western list. In a western army note that only a single Catafractarii/Clibanarii unit can be fielded regardless of army size, and only a single Balistarii unit can be fielded regardless of army size.

.

Veterans

Infantry

4

-

3

5+

-

3

-/1

75

*1

Legiones & Auxilia Palatina

Infantry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

6/-

65

*1

Sagittarii

Infantry

2

30

3

6+

-

3

-/1

50

 

Pseudocomitatenses

Infantry

3

-

3

6+

-

3

-/6

45

 

Skirmishers

Infantry

1

15

3

-

-

3

-/4

30

*2

Foederati

Infantry

3

-

3

6+

-

3

-/4

45

*6

Scholae

Cavalry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

-/1

110

*3

Catafractarii & Clibanarii

Cavalry

3

-

3

4+

-

3

-/1max

125

*3, 4

Equites

Cavalry

3

-

3

5+

-

3

1/4

80

 

Equites Dalmatia

Cavalry

1

15

3

-

-

3

-/2

40

*2

Equites Sagittarii

Cavalry

1

30

3

-

-

3

-/1

60

*2

Balistarii

Artillery

1

40

3

-

-

2

-/1max

50

*5

General

General

+2

-

-

-

9

1

1

125

 

Leader

Leader

+1

-

-

-

8

1

-/2

80

 

OPTION

Late Roman armies can include the following option.

Portents

Re-roll General’s Command

1

10

*7