In the winter of 367 and subsequently Roman Britain was thrown into turmoil by the Great Barbarian Conspiracy. This is a mini campaign using Sword and Spear Rules to retell the story.
The Picts have crossed the Wall and united with their Saxon Allies causing destruction and terror across Northern Britain.
The Roman Dux Britanarium Fullofaudes has led a force of whatever troops he can find and his personal cavalry guard unit North to intercept the Barbarians. This first scenario will utilise mainly poor quality Limitanei infantry to represent the units that Fullofaudes could have gathered from City Militia and Garrison units. Fullofaudes will attempt to stop a larger barbarian force from crossing a river and put a stop on their predations whilst forces can be brought over from Gaul to intervene. Victory in the first scenario will influence the second.
If the Romans win Fullofaudes and his Cataphracts can be added as a unit to the Second Roman Force. “Historically” he was either killed or cut off and isolated in the North. If the Barbarians win then the Pict warriors should both be upgraded to ferocious Attecotti for the second scenario.
Eventually better forces did cross over from Gaul led by Theodosius and including the famous commander and later usurper Magnus Maximus (the legendary Macsen Wledig of the Welsh tales). The Second Scenario will therefore be a pitched battle between the two forces with the Barbarians now laden with booty and slaves, unable and unwilling to get away without a fight. The Roman infantry units here will represent fully armed Legionary troops with throwing weapons such as javelins and darts, all well drilled and disciplined (the veteran Batavi, Heruli, Iovii and Victores).
The Romans in Britain
Fullofaudes the Dux Britannarium, Commander of the Roman forces in Britain.
Tribune Octavius, an important Roman officer and landowner with influence in Southern British political circles.
Tribune Julius a Roman officer in command of a depleted garrison legion that has seen better days.
The Relief force from Gaul (Meet the Flavians!)
Comes Theodosius the Elder, high ranking Roman general despatched to Britain to restore order. Father of future Emperor.
Magnus Maximus, Spanish Roman officer and the legendary figure knownto the British as Macsen Wledig who will one day usurp the purple and declare himself emperor in Britain and fight an ill fated campaign to capture Gaul and Italy. Nephew of Theodosius.
Theodosius the Younger a Roman officer and the son of Theodosius.
Aelle the Saxon King.
Drust the Pictish Chieftain.
Octa the Saxon Chieftain and nephew of Aelle.
The First Scenario: River Crossing: AAR
The Second Scenario: Pitched Battle
As the Barbarians were victorious in the First Battle the Picts have been upgraded to Attecotti Warriors. The Roman relief force however contains trained legionaries including the Veteran Batavi and Heruli. This time it is a pitched battle with The Picts to the North. A hill is to the East and a River defines the field of battle to the West. Theodosius arrives at the Roman watchtower to find the Barbarians deployed for battle with the aim of defending their camp. They have treasures and slaves gathered from their time marauding Britain since defaeating Fullofaudes and they won’t give those up without a fight!
Phil and Mike refought the battle as outlined in the pictures below. For some reason wordpress has jumbled up the order slightly, never mind.
Eventually with Aelle breaking through the centre and his doughty Saxons holding against the mighty charge of the Cataphracts victory was awarded to the Barbarians as night fell. Theodosius the Elder and Younger retiring from the field. Magnus however would forever hold a grudge for the wounds received when Theodosius ordered him to leave his cavalry to join an infantry unit (already on 3 hits) which then routed and left him facing bloodthirsty barbarians alone. He would retire to a Romano-British Villa where he would be nursed back to health by the daughter of a native family. Eventually he will return, earn the name Macsen Wledig and found the Early British Kingdoms before attempting to seize Rome and sole supremacy in the Western Empire fighting against the agents of his Cousin the Emperor Theodosius.