All the options of the British army on display

This page is in need of updating, as the warband have been rebased as 4Wb and there are some more elements of cavalry. It means that the Ancient British are not currently able to be fielded.

This army is able to be used for two main armies, Gallic (II/11) and Ancient British (II/53). At a pinch it could represent the Galatians (II/31), though these are strictly 4Wb, not 3Wb. Their warbands also appear in the Later Carthaginians (II/32) and Syracusans (II/9), while their cavalry was used as auxiliaries by the Marian Romans (II/49).

The Gallic army with its cavalry in front of its warbands and its skirmishers in the woods.

These are armies with a lot of character who fought over a long period of time against many opponents. In the couple of battles they’ve fought a number of these elements have named leaders: the mounted Gallic commander is Dumnorix, the cavalry headhunter is Commius, the naked foot headhunter is the Briton Nennius, complete with Caesar’s sword ‘yellow death’, and the other headhunter is Ambiorix (or Androgeus), but the real standout is the less favoured element that turned the tide at the battle of Vienne, Lucterius.

The leaders of the front warbands are from left to right: Lucterius, Nennius and Ambiorix.

The figures for this army are Corvus Belli. I won the Ancient Britons as a prize at Conquest in 2009, and supplemented them with Gallic cavalry, naked fanatics and headhunters.

The British warband, complete with command element and screened by skirmishers.

The heart of this army is its warband foot. One of these can be the commander. I was very keen to include the marvellous figures from CB’s ‘Victory and Defeat‘ in these elements, as they add a lot of character. These were my first attempts at doing VVV’s long-shield transfers, and I got better with practice. I think some may need to be done again, as there’s air underneath them.

The Gauls are light on skirmishers (only one element), but the Britons can take up to four (at the cost of chariots!). These are adolescent skirmishers and slingers.

The mounted strength of the Britons, chariots and light horse.

The mounted elements differ between the Gauls and the Britons. Both can have chariots, though these represent more archaic armies for the Gauls, who adopted cavalry in place of them. The Britons can have up to four, while the Gauls can have up to three. One of these can be the general. The Britons also get two elements of light cavalry, which makes them a very mobile army.

The Gallic cavalry; despite destroying an element in the previous game, the left hand element is yet to be named; the others are led by Dumnorix (centre) and Commius (right).

As an alternative to chariots the Gauls can have 3Cv, whose main difference is  a slightly shallower base depth, and also some very nice poses, particularly the headhunter.



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