I've just finished painting another unit for my Samnites (see photos above) and thought I would try a solo Basic Impetus game with them against my Camillan Romans out in the shed. I bought these A&A and Gripping Beast figures second hand and although they were painted it still took a fair bit of work to get them to a reasonable standard. Most have LBM shield transfers, except for some of the back ranks, which include some rather dodgy hand painted, swastika type shield designs! I think the Italian officer figure was a freebie from an old Ancient Warfare magazine subscription offer.
In the game I gave both sides an extra medium cavalry unit (CM) each and I had to draft in a unit of Velites for the Romans as I didn't have enough painted Leves as skirmishers. The Romans were the attackers and didn't have too much trouble at all against the Samnites. The Samnites caught the Roman Leves who failed to evade early in the game and later also managed to rout one Roman cavalry unit, including the Roman commander. Apart from that it was pretty much a Roman one way street!
|View of the table with armies deployed|
|Samnite right flank near the wood|
|Samnite left flank - between a rock and a hard place!|
|Opposite end of the table|
|Both armies advance|
|The Linen Legion are the Samnite reserves in the centre|
|Samnite cavalry skirt the woods|
|The armies get closer|
|Samnites charge the Leves who fail to evade|
|Roman Hastati and Principes charge|
|Samnites are driven back|
|Roman Cavalry rout Samnite Cavalry|
|Samnite army is about to rout|