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by Captain Reid
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Sharp Practice
Topic: Bayonets fixes of not ?
Replies: 1
Views: 73

Re: Bayonets fixes of not ?

It's assumed that if they have them they will have fixed them.
by Captain Reid
Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!
Replies: 150
Views: 23033

Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

Could you please put together a bibliography of your research. I'm a novice when it comes to this period. I'm obviously not Rich but I know he's used some of these books to inform his thinking and I've included others that I think are interesting. They're all modern. The ancient writers of relevanc...
by Captain Reid
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Sharp Practice
Topic: SP2 - too static?
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: SP2 - too static?

Generally speaking Missions (Sweep the Table, Escort, Rescue) will by their nature drive the narrative more than the Battles (Encounter, Objective, Defence) do. However it is very true that players often get suckered into static long range musketry duels. I think if each side has the potential to ma...
by Captain Reid
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!
Replies: 150
Views: 23033

Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

Do we know how far back Infamy covers.. are we going to be able to use the Later Reoublic classical Hastati/Principes/Triarii organisation? Initially, as I understand it, it's basically Marius to Severus and focused on the western provinces. But the first supplement will cover the 'post-Camillan' a...
by Captain Reid
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Infamy: centurions and standards
Replies: 19
Views: 846

Re: Infamy: centurions and standards

The decanus seems to be a significantly later role, emerging around the 3rd or even 4th century AD. I'm totally unconvinced about Goldsworthy's view of the Immunes; he seems t be attempting to impose a modern command structure onto an ancient army. Personally I see personal acts by key leaders, at ...
by Captain Reid
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Infamy: centurions and standards
Replies: 19
Views: 846

Re: Infamy: centurions and standards

The centurion class were in many ways Caesar's 'constituency' when it came to politics. So he did have a reason to emphasise their conduct. However it's significant that Josephus and others, with no such political agenda, focus heavily in the centurions when it comes to significant moments in battle...
by Captain Reid
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Sharp Practice
Topic: Firing from a Cover = +1
Replies: 4
Views: 330

Re: Firing from a Cover = +1

In the overall context of Skirmish Troops, it makes sense. Light Infantry gain +1 at all ranges. This represents them taking careful shots whatever the proximity of the enemy. Skirmishers gain +1 when firing over close range. This represents their careful aiming when the enemy is not too close. At s...
by Captain Reid
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Infamy: centurions and standards
Replies: 19
Views: 846

Re: Infamy: centurions and standards

The tessarius was a full time position like the optio, signifer or cornicern - and in fact of all those positions the optio was the most like an appointment in that the centurion seems to have got to pick his optio, though he was probably lumbered with the rest. However the tessarius' duties seem la...
by Captain Reid
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!
Replies: 150
Views: 23033

Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

It's a question that's been asked a lot. And I actually have some too. However, research continues. Ultimately, we could always include them in a section on semi-fantasy wargame favourites. Semi-fantasy ancient wargame favourites could be a supplement in itself! Even in the Irish legends, dogs seem...
by Captain Reid
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!
Replies: 150
Views: 23033

Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

It's possible that the Irish tribes may have used dogs in war in the period 100 BC - AD 100, but the Gauls didn't and (even though very 'backward' in many ways), the British tribes don't seem to have done.

Their use may have revived on the Celtic fringe in the Saxon era.