I am almost finished with the initial three legions, each will consist of 4 (8 small) bases of Velites, 4 bases of Hastati, 4 bases of Principe’s, two bases of Triarii and two bases of Equites as well as a commander.
This will represent the 1200 Velites, 1200 Hastati, 1200 Principe’s, 600 Triarii and 300 Equites in a full strength Republican Roman Legion as described by Polybius. Model counts are 40 Velites, 148 Hastati, 148 Principe’s, 72 Triarii, 28 Equites and 3 officers for a total of 419 models per legion and a scale of just under 11:1.
I still have the bulk of one more Legion I need to paint in order to represent a full strength Consular Army with both consuls present, You can see the start of the Green Legion in the background, represented by a unit of Velites and the Legion Command. Of course in order to play some of the larger battles in the 2nd Punic War I would need several more legions, but that will have to wait.
I also need to paint up various Roman allies, Samnites, Campanians, Greeks, Spanish, Celts and so forth. They are used in most other armies in the same period as mercenaries. They are easy to expand into full armies of their own since all of these fought wars against Rome during the period.
Once I have painted up the Roman allies I will move on to Carthaginians. The exact composition of the Carthaginian army is still being decided but I guess I will start with a solid core of African spear men supplemented by the various mercenaries utilized by the Carthaginians. I am not sure if I want to start with the 1st Punic War or the 2nd Punic War. I am leaning towards the 1st Punic War since the battles are more manageable and less one-sided. I can also include chariots and even more elephants, both big pluses in my book.
I also wish to build up a Pyrrhic force that can be used both against Carthage and Rome, and once that is complete I can just buy a few more figures to get the Diadochi and then… 🙂