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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 May 2020 6:24 p.m. PST

A Chinese army on an expedition to the far west fought against an enemy in "fish scale formation," as related in Slingshot issue 330.

Some speculate this is a reference to the Roman tortoise formation, or perhaps Greek overlapping shields.

What do you think?

smithsco11 May 2020 6:29 p.m. PST

One of my favorite theories is that they were Romans who survived Carrhae and were pressed into service. 17 years after Carrhae is a long time but some of them would've been in fighting shape still.

Legionarius11 May 2020 7:16 p.m. PST

The legions marched to the ends of the world!

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2020 10:51 p.m. PST

The farthest the Chinese probably got was Fergana, Uzbekistan.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP12 May 2020 3:32 a.m. PST

No. That's just racist, anti-Chinese propaganda. The Americans were the ones who fought the Romans in 36BC.

A Lot of Gaul12 May 2020 4:07 a.m. PST

No, they did not.

Legion 412 May 2020 7:31 a.m. PST


Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2020 7:50 a.m. PST

I've seen it happen numerous times at WRG tournaments. :-)

FatherOfAllLogic12 May 2020 8:46 a.m. PST

This proves that China owns that land.

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2020 11:10 a.m. PST

Or Italy owns it.

Redcurrant12 May 2020 3:29 p.m. PST

The Chinese will 'somehow' find a map with lots of dashes on it that proves it is their land

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2020 11:24 a.m. PST

This isn't really a poll question. Just a question!

Asteroid X14 May 2020 1:08 p.m. PST

It's always fun to speculate creatively. Some of the best fiction has been written this way.

Mind you, the next thing you know, they'll make a movie about this with Jackie Chan … and heck, who knows, someone like John Cusack.

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