Belgae I Nervii circa 57 BC

This list was prepared in conjunction with the accompanying Belgic Eburone list. These two tribes (generically referred to as the Belgae) and their close associates were, without a doubt, the individual tribes which gave Caesar the most trouble. According to Caesar, they (particularly the Eburone) were at least partially Germanized.

In 57 BC the Nervii almost put an early end to Caesarís career with a surprise attack on his Sambre encampment. They tried again in 54 BC, during an uprising co-ordinated with their Eburone cousins, and almost succeeded in overrunning the 9th Legionís winter encampment (commanded by Quintus Cicero, the famous advocate's younger brother) before it could be relieved. Caesar's eventually solution was to wipe out the warrior class of both the Nervii and Eburone and sell the surviving dependants into slavery en mass.

Sources -- Gauis Julius Caesar -- "Conquest of Gaul"

Era: Age of Empires   Belgae I Nervii circa 57 BC CR: H: 4 L: 3   BP: 2 Init: 4
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
1 HC Mounted Nobles/Warriors K 4[0]0 +1 Various 10
6 WB Nervii K 5[1]3 +1 Various 6
2 WB Eburone/Belgae Allies* K 5[1]3 +1 Various 8
1 HC Mounted Nobles/Warrior) K 4[0]0 +1 Various 10
1 LC   K 2[0]0 +1 Various 7
12 WB Nervii/Celtic Allies K 5[1]3 +1 Various 6
6 WB Eburone/Belgae Allies* K 5[1]3 +1 Various 8
2 LHI Nervii* K 4[1]2 +1 Javelin 7
4 SI     3[1]2 +2 Javelin 2
2 SI     2[1]1 +2 Bow 2
1 SI     3[1]2 +2 Sling 2


Core: 1W

Bonus: (Max: 4 ) 4GR; 1SH; 1RG; 2W


Core: 95 Bonus: 165

Nervii Warbands are BP3; Move 9".

Core Nervii Warbands may deploy on flanks.

Eburone/Belgae Warbands are BP4; Move 6".

Core Eburone/Belgae Warbands may deploy deep.

BP4 and BP3 WBs may not be placed in the same division.

Any number (up to 12) of BP 3 WBs may be purchased from the bonus list. However, the number of Belgae (BP4) WBs is more restricted. For each BP4 bonus WB purchased, a minimum of two additional BP3 WBs must also be purchased.

*Primarily the Atrebate,Aduatuci, and Viromandui.

**Those wondering about the applicability of the LHI Nervii in this context are referred to Book II: 18-28 of "Conquest of Gaul", where Caesar describes Nervii troops who emerge from the woods during the Sambre River battle of 57 BC. Nervii infantry chased off the scouting Roman cavalry, crossed the river with frightening speed and managed to catch the Roman main body completely unawares. They managed to chew up the better part of two legions but did not have quite enough punch to finish the job (and Caesar).

During the same campaign, Nervii warriors also seemed to have the ability to deny Roman skirmishers access to the forest as the latter searched for the Nervii main body. I am not entirely comfortable characterizing any Gallic forces as LHI, but in this case all of the alternatives seem even less appropriate.

Ordo Link: Gallic Resistance.

Last Edited: 21 November 2008

List Author: Chingachgook (with help from Vincent & Luxor)

List Author: Chingachgook