Sandarticus Roman Age Game

Sandarticus is a set of free wargames rules for backyard and sandbox games featuring Romans and their numerous adversaries.

Hadrian’s Wall Paper Model

I’ve always wanted to do a Romans in Britain scenario. In recent months, I’ve been picking up Romans on Ebay as I’ve found them, and soon will begin looking for Celts and Gauls.

This paper model of a section of Hadrian’s Wall might come in handy. In the scale it’s in, you’d need 79 for a Roman Mile. The model is in black and white, but a little work with watercolor and a fat brush would quickly solve that

Rubicon By Tom Holland

This is an exciting book that I literally could not put down. Oxford educated historian Tom Holland brings the whirlwind last years of the Roman republic to life — turning what normally is a dry recitation of names and places into a compelling drama. The machinations of Pompey, Cicero, Sulla, and, of course Caesar, are as complex and devious as anything imaginable. What stuck me most, however, was the many ways in which the last years of the Republic reflect our own modern society.Best wargaming bit: There are a few absolutely thrilling chapters that describe the rampaging Roman street gangs who, in support of one politician or another engaged in open warfare in Rome. It would make an outstanding game — especially when a politician opens his stable of gladiators, only to be countered by another’s private guard of legionnaires.

Rubicon : The Last Years of the Roman Republic

Battle of Salamis Rules

Matt Fritz offers a simple set of rules for recreating the 450 BC naval battle of Salamis between the Greeks and the Persians. The site even has links to paper models that you can use to play the game.

Across the Alps: The Battle of Trebbia Rules

Matt Fritz offers a set of free miniatures rules called Across the Alps. The rules are for recreating the Battle of Trebbia from 218 BC, when Hannibal crossed the Alps to face the Roman Army at the river Trebbia. The rules are easy to play, being designed for Matt’s students. There also is a link there to paper figures.