How armoured were British warriors?

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How armoured were British warriors?

Post by Arachas » Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:55 am

Hi all,

So the local group is planning to get into Dux early next year (yay!) and so planning is underway. I'm playing Romano-British.

I have a question in regards to the Romano-British warriors. Did they wear armour?

Because it kind of seems like there aren't many things that differ aesthetically when comparing warriors to levies. Except for maybe helmets.

I would like to use the Footsore Romano-British warriors as, well, warriors, but in regards to the rules and the time setting they seem overly armed and armoured.

Or should I be imagining my British warriors as proper legionairs?

Thanks a bunch!

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Re: How armoured were British warriors?

Post by Derek H » Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:54 am

Arachas wrote:Or should I be imagining my British warriors as proper legionairs?
As far as I'm concerned there's no should about it. You can immagine your British Warriors any way you want.

I imagine my Gwŷr y Gogledd as being a bit hairier than the British from south of Hadrians wall and I use Foorsore's Goth figures for my infantry.

My Elites are armoured, my warriors are unarmoured but have helmets and my levy are unarmoured and bareheaded.

Warriors (Footsore Goth Infantry)
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Levy (Footsore Goth Infantry)
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Elites (Goth Heavy Infantry)
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I bought most of these when they were Musketeer Miniatures and sold by Gripping Beast with different codes for the unarmoured infantry with helmets and those without.

The unarmoured infantry are now a single code but I did place one order with Footsore when they sent me only infantry with helmets after I asked.

I think it's really important that you get a look you are personally satisfied with. I've got a complete force of Romano British that I've never played with because I just don't like them. Too Roman looking.

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Re: How armoured were British warriors?

Post by Peter » Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:33 am

Those are nice figures, Derek. I particulalrly like the white shields.

Peter

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Re: How armoured were British warriors?

Post by Arachas » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:51 am

Okay, maybe I shouldn't say "should". I just like to be as historically accurate as possible.

I actually emailed Andrew from Footsore and he admitted it was something he hadn't thought about, but was interested in. He's curious to hear what I come up with.

I think I'll get both the Romano-British packs, the Late armoured Roman soldiers pack and the unarmored (but helmeted) pack. Finish it off with maybe an unarmored/helmeted pack from Gripping Beast. That's 12 armoured models, with 6 going into the elites, leaving me with 6 models to mingle with the 8 unarmored.

I can then buy another pack of unarmored at some point and join with the 2 I have left to create that one unit of warrior reinforcements.

For the Nobles I can use the Bors/Tristan and Gawain/Galahad packs.

For my levies I intend to get some Gripping Beast plastic dark age warriors, as then I'll be able to use them in my SAGA games as well. The archers will come out of my half box of new Medieval Archers from Conquest Games, which I intend to split with a friend.

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Re: How armoured were British warriors?

Post by Derek H » Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:56 am

Arachas wrote:Okay, maybe I shouldn't say "should". I just like to be as historically accurate as possible.
But there's very little evidence out there that enables anyone to judge what is historically accurate for the Dux period.
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Re: How armoured were British warriors?

Post by SteveBurt » Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:46 pm

I went with:
Elites - Armour, shield and helmet
Warriors - shield and helmet
Levies - shield

That way is is easy to tell who is who

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Re: How armoured were British warriors?

Post by Derek H » Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:44 pm

Peter wrote:Those are nice figures, Derek. I particulalrly like the white shields
Men went to Catraeth at morn
Their high spirits lessened their life-span
They drank mead, gold and sweet, ensnaring;
For a year the minstrels were merry.
Red their swords, let the blades remain
Uncleansed, white shields and four-sided spearheads,
Before Mynyddog Mwynfawr's men

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Re: How armoured were British warriors?

Post by Archdukek » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:50 pm

As Derek says there is very little hard evidence to go on, but what there is would probably favour a more Roman look in the south rather than the north and earlier in the period rather than later. So you may want to decide what part of Britannia you plan to campaign in and roughly when in making your final choice.

At the end of the day if you go with what you like I can't see anyone complaining.

John

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