Late Republican and Early Imperial Roman

This is an experimental list to see if it is possible to represent the Roman Legion more realistically within Armati. As such it introduces a new unit type with special abilities and it is not intended to ever be approved for tournament.

Era: Age of Empires   Late Republican and Early Imperial Roman CR: H: 4 L: 4   BP: 2 Init: 7
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
2 LEG* Legions K 7[2]2 +2 Pila/Sword 19
1 HC Roman/Auxilia K 4[0]0 +1 Various 10
1 SI Auxilia   3[1]2 +2 Javelin 2
1 SI Auxilia   2[1]1 +2 Bow 2
O   Western Forces#          
2 LEG Elilte Legions K 8[2]2 +2 Pila/Swords 21
2 LEG Legions K 7[2]2 +2 Pila/Swprds 19
2 LEG Substandard Legions K 6[2]2 +2 Pila/Swords 17
2 HC Auxilia K 4[0]0 +1 Various 10
1 LC Auxilia   2[0]0 +1 Various 7
O   Eastern Forces#          
2 LEG Legions K 7[2]2 +2 Pila/Swords 19
2 LEG Legions K 6[2]2 +2 Pila/Swords 17
2 HC Auxilia K 4[0]0 +1 Various 10
1 LC Auxilia   2[0]0 +1 Various 7
1 CAT Armenians** K 6[2]0 +3 Lances 15
2 LC Armenians**   1[0]0 +1 Bows 6
O   Late Republic#          
1 LC Auxilia   2[0]0 +1 Various 7
4 SI Auxilia   3[1]2 +2 Javelins 2
1 SI Auxilia   3[1]2 +2 Slings 2
O   Julio-Claudian#          
1 LC Auxilia   2[0]0 +1 Various 7
4 LI Auxilia   4[1]2 +1 Javelins 7
1 SI Auxilia   3[1]2 +2 Slings 2
O   Flavian          
1 LC Auxilia   1[0]0 +1 Bows 6
6 LHI Auxilia## K 5[1]2 +2 Javelins 9
1 SI Auxilia   3[1]2 +2 Slings 2


Core: 1GR

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


Core: 91 Bonus: 383

* Legion (LEG) is a new unit type. It is a one section unit of HI, 80mm wide by 60mm deep. It represents lines of legionaries in chequerboard formation. The figures should ideally be placed on it to represent this visually, 24 figures per unit is recommended. For the less artistic use 2 units of HI, deployed wide and echeloned. A legion has a unit BP of 7 and only loses 3BP for each melee result against it which would normally cause a unit to be instantly broken (due to impetus or rear/flank contact by a heavy unit). A legion always uses it's frontal FV for frontal melees, even if contacted in flank or rear by heavy units. It uses it's flank value against flank/rear attacks, as per the standard rules.

The Legion is allowed to wheel and move. This is intended to represent the increased professionalism after the reforms of Marius. The effect of this is less than it would be with COH units, due to their wider frontage and the lower number of heavy divisions in the army.

OPTIONAL: To represent the use of the pila every time a Legions front edge comes into contact with an enemy HI unit (including WB) the legion gets to make a javelin shot at the enemy unit. A hit results in the target unit becoming disordered rather than taking a BP. This rule is applied regardless of which unit initiated the contact and whether or not the Legion is already engaged in melee from a previous round. For simplicity this should be diced for during the movement phase, at the moment each contact occurs.

The cost for such a unit is not provided for in the points formula, but based on the cost difference between BP3 and BP4 WB an increase of 2 points per extra BP has been applied. As it could be argued that this should only be 1 point per BP, in line with the cost of a veteran unit, the special rules reducing the effect of flank/rear attacks and the use of the pila are not factored into the cost. The increased vulnerability of the unit to flank attacks and it's severely reduced chance of achieving the same are also justification for not charging for these abilities.

#Bonus Units: Units may only be chosen from one of the two geographic lists (Eastern/Western Forces) and one of the three period lists (Late Republic/Julio-Claudian/Flavian).

The structure of the bonus section is a little radical, but it avoids some strange combinations of units. I have tried to represent the increased reliance on auxiliary units as time progressed.

**If any Armenians are purchased, all must be purchased.

##Flavian era LHI Auxilia get FV 5 and +2 PROT, as they are essentialy equipped as Late Republican Legionaries (possibly even wearing their hand-me-downs .

List Author: Boudica