Above are photos of another unit of Principes for my Republican Roman army. We have got a game on tomorrow fighting Seleucids so in the photos below I've tried to show how the maniples of the Republican Roman army deployed before battle. First there is a screen of Velites and then the Triplex Acies (triple battle order) of Hastati, Principes and Triarii formed a checkered formation called a quincunx.
Once the Velites had thrown their javelins and retreated through the gaps a solid line was formed to engage the enemy. I've drafted in some Marian maniples to make up numbers for the game so most of the legionaries in divison two are from this later period. Gary has another division and a few spare painted units of Hastati and Triarii so it should look pretty good overall. I'll post a report and photos after the game.
|Two divisions deployed in a qincunx|
|Consul and Equites on the flank|
|Maniples of Hastati, Principes and Triarii|