Imperial Roman 27BC -117AD

Imperial Rome 27BC -117AD

The Age of the Dictator is at hand. One man is at the head of the greatest Empire of the Ancient Mediterranaen Sea and the Pax Romanum embraces the known world.

Legion is used as a term purely for gaming clarity which would not be the case if the word cohort was used. It does not describe a simulation of a complete legion but is used as a term of convenience. The same is true of the term COH which describes a game unit of heavy infantry that may wheel and move in Armati and not a historical formation.

A certain loss of effectiveness is assumed for Eastern Legions as much for play balance as for historical reasons. Citizen legions were used from Augustus onwards. The speed of training suggests lower standards. 32 Cohorts Civium Romanum were raised after the Pannonian and Dalmatian wars and the Varus disaster circa A.D. 9 alone.

This is the Roman army as a potential meat grinder.

Varus or Vespasian?

Era: Age of Empires   Imperial Roman 27BC -117AD CR: H: 5 L: 4   BP: 2 Init: 6
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
1 COH Elite Legionaries Key 7[2]2 2 Pila and swords 13
2 FT Line Legionaries Key 7[2]2 2 Pila and swords 11
1 HC Batavii/Roman/etc. Key 4[0]0 1 Various 10
3 SI Auxilia   3[1]2 2 Javelins 2
1 COH Elite Legionaries* Key 7[2]2 2 Pila and Swords 13
6 FT Line Legionaries* Key 7[2]2 2 Pila and swords 11
6 FT Citizen/Eastern Legions Key 6[2]2 2 Pila and swords 9
3 LHI Auxilia   4[1]2 1 Pila and Swords 7
3 LI Auxilia   4[1]2 1 Javelins 7
1 LI Numeri/Syrians   2[1]1 1 Bows 4
1 SI Numeri/Syrians   2[1]1 2 Bows 2
3 SI Auxilla   3[1]2 2 Javelins 2
1 SI Auxilla   3[1]2 2 Slings 2
3 HC Cunei* Key 4[0]0 1 Various 10
2 LC African Numeri   2[0]0 1 Javelins 7
1 LC Allies   1[0]0 1 Javelins 5
2 LC Armenians**   1[0]0 1 Bows 6
1 CAT Armenians** Key 6[2]0 3 Lances 15
1 HC Sarmatians* Key 5[0]0 1 Lances 11
O   OPTIONAL (See Notes)          
1 CAM Border Guards Key 3[0]0 1 Various 7


Core: 1GR

Bonus: (Max: 3 ) 2GR; 1SH; 1W; 1RG


Core: 95 Bonus: 284


* May not be taken if Armenians are selected.

**All Armenians must be selected or none.

Marines are notionally included in the term "Citizen" Legions.

Border Guards: Not to be used in tournaments and only with opponent's agreement in friendly games.

The Border Guards were just that and it is unlikely they were used in campaigns and certainly not in numbers that really justify their use on the wargames table.

Ordo Link: Imperial Roman

Last Edited: 13 April 2006

List Author: Luxor