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Patrician Roman

Historical Overview Section

The Western Roman Empire's last gasp began when the Early Visigothic and Early Vandal Visigoths revolted around 395 AD, and then in 405 AD, the Early Ostrogothic and Herul Ostrogoths invaded Italy itself, but were defeated. Under their leader Alaric they returned again in 410 and managed to sack Rome, leaving it a capital-less state with few true "Romans" in positions of power or authority. The Roman Empire of the "Foederate" list is one which had little in common with the earlier Empire.

The remainder of Rome's territory was defended for several decades following 410 largely by the leading General of this era Flavius Aëtius, who managed to play off each of Rome's barbarian invaders against one another. In 436 he led a Western Hunnic army against the Visigoths at the Battle of Arles, and again in 436 at the Battle of Narbonne. In 451 he led a combined army, including his former enemy the Visigoths, against the Huns at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains. Despite being the only clear champion of the Empire at this point Aëtius was slain by the Emperor Valentinian III's own hand, leading Sidonius Apollinaris to observe, "I am ignorant, sir, of your motives or provocations; I only know that you have acted like a man who has cut off his right hand with his left".

Carthage, the second largest city in the empire, was lost along with much of North Africa in 439 to the Vandals and the fate of Rome seemed sealed. By 476, what remained of the Empire was completely in the hands of federated Germanic troops and when they revolted under Odoacer and deposed Emperor Romulus Augustus there was nobody to stop them. Odoacer happened to hold the part of the Empire around Italy and Rome but other parts of the Empire were ruled by Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Franks, Alans and others. The Empire in the West had fallen and its remnant in Italy was no longer Roman in its political nature. The Eastern Empire and the Goths continued to fight over Rome and the surrounding area for many years, though by this point Rome's importance was negligible.

In 395, the Western Roman Empire was operating several regional field armies in Italy, Illyricum, Gallia, Britannia and Africa, and about twelve border armies. By about 430, two more field armies were established in Hispania and Tingitania but the Romans had lost control of Britannia and the actual strengths of each army had declined signifcantly. As Roman troops were spread increasingly thin over its long border, the Empire's territory continued to dwindle in size. Barbarian war bands increasingly began to penetrate the Empire's vulnerable borders, both as settlers and invaders. In 451, the Romans defeated Attila the Hun, but only with assistance from a confederation of foederatii troops, which included Visigoths and Alans. By the 5th century, a significant portion of Western Rome's main military strength lay in rented Barbarian mercenaries known as foederati. In 476 these troops finally unseated the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire - see the Italian Ostrogothic page for more details.

Using the army in ADLG

  • With lots of LH and a Strategist this army can have great initiative
  • The low minima for Roman troops means it can even be a high command value Barbarian army in all but name only
  • Plenty of interesting allies can also change the flavour and shape of the mix
  • Don't however pack it with so many novelty items that you make the mistake to leave out the Auxilia, who are the best rough terrain troops in the game

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Army Lists

Sample army lists for this army
25mm list from Derby 2017
Brilliant Commander
2 Decadent Legionairies Heavy swordsmen missile support
1 Light Infantry Bow Light infantry bow
3 Mounted Foederati Heavy cavalry impetuous
2 Decadent Legionairies Heavy swordsmen
2 Equites Sagitarii Light cavalry bow
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Competent Commander
3 Auxiliaries Medium Sword Impact
2 Isaurians Javelinmen
1 Auxiliary Archer Bowman
1 Light Infantry Javelin
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Competent Included ostrogoth ally
2 Bowmen Bowmen ----
3 Ostrogoth Nobles Heavy cavalry impetuous Elite
3 Ostrogoth Cavalry Medium cavalry impetuous ------

List from Derby 2017
Strategist
1 Light Infantry Light infantry bow ------
2 Equites Heavy cavalry impact ------
1 Equites Clibanarii Cataphract ------
1 Eqites Illyricana Light cavalry javelin ------
1 Huns Light cavalry bow Elite
3 Auxilia Palatina Medium swordsmen impact missile support ------
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Brilliant
6 Foederati Heavy swordsmen impetuous ------
1 Eqites Illyricana Light cavalry javelin ------
1 Huns Light cavalry bow Elite
==
Ordinary
6 Foederati Heavy swordsmen impetuous


Mounted list from Estella 2016
Strategist
6 Mounted Foederati Heavy cavalry impetuous
2 Mounted Foederati Medium cavalry impetuous
1 Equites Heavy cavalry impact
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Competent
2 Auxilia Palatina Medium swordsmen impact Mediocre
1 Equites Inc General Heavy cavalry impact ------
3 Mounted Foederati Heavy cavalry impetuous ------
1 Mounted Foederati Medium cavalry impetuous ----
1 Exculcatores Light infantry javelin ------
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Competent Allied Hun
2 Horse Archers Medium cavalry bow Elite
2 Horse Archers Light cavalry bow
2 Horsemen Heavy cavalry impetuous ------

Foot List from Estella 2016
Strategist
9 Foederati on foot Heavy swordsmen impetuous ------
1 Auxilia Palatina Medium swordsmen impact ------
2 Exculcatores Light infantry javelin ------
1 Auxilia Palatina Medium swordsmen impact missile support Mediocre
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Competent
2 Mounted Foederati Medium cavalry impetuous
1 Equites Heavy cavalry impact
2 Equites Sagitarii Light cavalry bow
1 Mounted Feoderati Heavy cavalry impetuous
Allied Frankish Competent Included
5 Franks Heavy swordsmen impetuous ----
1 Franks with General Heavy swordsmen impetuous Elite


Sebs list from Roll Call 2016
6 equites Heavy cavalry bow Integral Competent Commander
2 Light cavalry bow
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Brilliant Commander
3 auxilia Medium swordsmen impact
2 cataphractii Cataphract
3 Isaurians Light infantry javelin
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Competent Commander
2 Roman equites Heavy cavalry impact
2 foedarati Heavy cavalry impetuous
1 Light cavalry bow

200AP list
Camp undefended
1st Corp
General competent and included
3 Auxilia Medium swordsmen impact missile support 9 = 27
1 Roman HC with general Heavy cavalry impact 10 = 10
1 Roman Heavy cavalry 9 = 9
1 Roman Light cavalry javelin 6 = 6

2nd Corp
General included and Brilliant
4 Goths Heavy swordsmen impetuous 8 = 32
2 Roman Light infantry javelin 4 = 8
1 Roman with General Heavy cavalry impact 10 = 10
1 Roman Heavy cavalry 9 = 9

3rd Corp
General Brilliant and not included
3 Huns Light cavalry bow Elite 7 = 21
4 Goth Nobles Heavy cavalry impetuous 9 = 36
2 Romans Cataphract 11 = 22
total 199

Interesting variation of the late Roman Army. Each Corp is self sufficient and can win by itself. Very good in the open and also can dominate some close terrain


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