ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

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Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

Post by Richard » Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:11 pm

That's hilarious. Nick's only played one game and can't tell his Amo, Amas, Amat from his Amamus, Amatis, Amant!

Gallic warriors will have mixed weapons, so a mix of swords, spears and javelins. It's a generic rules term that will allow them to multi-task, so the figures can be randomly equipped as you feel looks good. The armoured chaps are likely to be higher ranking so a higher proportion of swords would be in evidence.

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Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

Post by Fairoaks024 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:13 pm

Will there be a unit entry for war dogs?

Completely unrelated, I bought some of the warlord Celt dog handlers and packs.

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Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

Post by Captain Reid » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:39 pm

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.
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Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

Post by Fairoaks024 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:19 pm

Thanks David.

May have to use them as deployment markers then, or just have them to use as table dressing.

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Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

Post by Richard » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:34 am

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.

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Post by Snowcat » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:15 am

Good grief! Have you all forgotten that most famous of Gallic war dogs...

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Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

Post by Captain Reid » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:57 am

Richard wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:34 am
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 to have been used less in battle (though there's the odd mention) but when hunting down fleeing raiders. The almost invariable result being the dog or dogs when unleashed kill a hitherto unnamed bit-part player (often a chariot driver) and are then butchered in short order by a hero.

The Batavians cohorts had hunting dogs, as I recall, and it's not unreasonable to suppose other units might have brought some along also.

As a support option, perhaps they could give some kind of benefit in a 'pursuit' scenario?
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Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

Post by Fairoaks024 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:27 pm

I'm afraid I can't argue with the evidence provided by Snowcat.

Case closed!

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Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

Post by Richard » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:44 pm

I'm not convinced that war dogs ever existed anywhere. They are fine for chasing down fugitives, but really they'd be sod all use against drilled troops with pointy spears and shields.

Great for deployment point markers though. A local with a couple of old dogs in the woods. Sounds like my village..

I really didn't say that.

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Re: ANCIENT SHARP PRACTICE - INFAMY! INFAMY!

Post by Truscott Trotter » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:31 am

You do have a danger of slipping over in the dog poo though 😚

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