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MichaelCollinsHimself08 Jan 2017 11:55 a.m. PST

I`ve just sent my ancient rules Barbarus Bellorum to a friend via email to be checked to see how they read… Photo-illustrations (mostly of Roman battle arrays and tactical formations) will come later – I`ve left spaces on the pages for them to be inserted. My friend (also called Michael) will have pretty much the whole package to read through: the rule booklet, army list booklet with victory condition rules, terrain generation rules and stratagem cards. Some game rules examples need to be added afterwards, and then I think I`ll be nearly all there, apart from eight historical battle scenarios, one from each of the wars covered in the rules.
I`m looking at publishing sometime around April this year.

Dschebe Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2017 1:47 p.m. PST

New ideas and new rules are allways wellcome. I wish you good luck, and fun for everybody.

wargame insomniac08 Jan 2017 3:32 p.m. PST

Are these rules intended for any specific scale?

Lucius08 Jan 2017 5:52 p.m. PST

Would love to hear a bit more. it's always great to see a new rules set come to life.

How many figures on average per side? Element-based?

And I take it that they are fairly Roman-specific?

MichaelCollinsHimself09 Jan 2017 12:20 a.m. PST

Thanks Dschebe!

No specific scale, I`ll be providing QRS`s with a range of base sizes (30, 40, & 60mm base widths) and modified ranges and movement rates to suit different scales. For clarity, the main rules booklet will probably just have one size or base scale referred to; the 60mm element frontage.

The rules are element based.
Yes, they`re specific to Rome`s wars with barbarians from 100 BC – 100 AD, but I have already tested a hoplite version and have rules in place for pikes etc. but that`ll come later :)

previous posts here:

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MichaelCollinsHimself09 Jan 2017 3:34 a.m. PST

Oh and in more detail, I have historical army lists for the following:

Cimbrian Wars:
102 BC Aquae Sextae Campaign
102 BC The Po & Adige Rivers Campaign
101 BC Vercellae Campaign

The Thracian Rebellions 86 – 29 BC

Third Servile War Spartacus` Revolt 73 – 71 BC

Caesar`s Conquest of Gaul 58 – 51 BC

German Campaigns and Wars 58 BC 50 AD
58 BC The Battle of Vosges Campaign.
38 BC Marcus Vispanius Agrippa against the Chatti
16 BC Clades Lolliana Campaign
11-9 BC Drusus` Campaigns
9 AD Teutoberg Forest Campaign
16 AD Germanicus (The Idistaviso Campaign)
28 AD Battle of Baduhenna Wood Campaign
50 AD Publius Pomponius Secundus against the Chatti

British Invasions and Rebellions 55 BC 84 AD
55 BC Caesar's first invasion of Britain
54 BC Caesar's second invasion of Britain
43 AD Medway Campaign
51 AD Cefn Carnedd Campaign against the Silures and Ordovices
52 AD & 69-74 AD Venutius v. Cartimanudua
61 AD Boudican Revolt Romans
83-84 AD Mons Graupius Campaign

Dacian Wars 85 102 AD
85-86 AD Fuscus Campaign
101 AD The First Battle of Tapae Campaign
101 AD The Second Battle of Tapae & Adamclissi Campaigns

To follow: lists for the Bellum Batonianum (6 – 9 AD)

MichaelCollinsHimself19 Jan 2017 10:22 a.m. PST

I`ve been adding a few more campaigns to my ancient rules – now to be called: Bella Cum Barbaris
These will appear in the rule`s army lists and the terrain generator.
These are in Germany: 39 AD Caligula`s campaign on the east bank of the Rhine, 41 AD, Servius Sulpicius Galba against the Chatti, and Publius Gabinius Secundus against the Chauci (where one of Varus`s legionary eagles was recovered). Also in Germany, the Chattan War of 83-85 AD, in which Emperor Domitian was in command.
Publius Silius Nerva`s campaign in Cisapline Gaul in 17-16 BC.
And lastly in 61 BC, the Allobroges revolt led by Chief Catugnatus.

MichaelCollinsHimself09 Feb 2017 10:08 a.m. PST

Just a little update here as to progress on the rules.

I`m just over half way through writing an historical battle scenario booklet. There will be 8 battle scenarios in the booklet from the major wars covered in the rules.

I`ve got the basics for the following battles sketched out:
Vercellae 101BC
Mutina 72BC
Histria 61BC
Sabis River 57BC
Volcaean Marshes 7AD.

And I`ve yet to make first draughts for:
Lupia 11BC
Mon Graupius 83AD
First Tapae 87AD.

I`m also in the process of painting a 1/72nd Spartacus Revolt army too.

Spartacus Revolt Warbands – heavily armed slaves + some gladiators!


MichaelCollinsHimself24 Feb 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

Advice on Latin has resulted in a new title:

bella contra barbaros

(wars against the barbarians)

So, I`ll post new discussion threads with that title from now on…

I`ve almost completed my Spartacus Slave Revolt army just some details to complete on a few infantry and some cavalry…

Spartacus cavalry I figure that they would have had the best of captured Roman equipment maybe early on they may have looked less military?


Some HaT figures for Spartacus` skirmishers and hordes the heavier armed figures posted earlier would be in warbands…


A mix of various figures Spanish, Christians, Numidians, Robin Hood`s men, and even some galdiators too for the hordes bases…


Working out the basing for my Roman (Scorpion) artillery…


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