Wednesday, January 16, 2019

DBA Special: II/45c Slave Revolt - Spartacus in Southern Italy


This is the first part of a historical pair depicting the battles of the Spartacus revolt.  It has a shamelessly 'Hollywood' flavour ... more full of gladiators in tournament armour than would have been likely in the field.  

This was a deliberate choice ... although less plausible, it tags the army as including a fair number of professional fighters - and gives the army a pleasing style and colour.


Similarly, the general's figure is loosely based on Kirk Douglas in the celebrated Stanley Kubrick movie ...


... in so far as you can do that in 15mm!   Nevertheless, I picked the most dimpled chin I could find!


The gladiators are mostly Museum Miniatures and Outpost.  They would probably have discarded much of that costume armour in favour of Roman battlefield equipment.


The horde elements are slaves and Celts stiffened with more gladiators ...


Also ...



CAMP and Camp Followers


In the final phase of the campaign, Spartacus made his camp in the caldera of Mount Vesuvius, accessing it by vines and ladders ...   I have tried to give some sense of this ...

(typical volcanic landscape) ...

So something like this, maybe?


The swimming figure recalls that memorable scene from Kubrick's film where Kirk Douglas watches Jean Simmons bathing ...

(the Spartacus camp: details and inspiration)


Barker Marker

A Roman magistrate looks on, adjudicating threat zones and recoils ...


The whole base checks 40x40, the detachable (magnetic) column does 40x20.

This army pairs against Marian Roman.

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