The Gauls were a Celtic people living in Gaul, a region roughly covering what is now
France, Belgium, Switzerland and Northern Italy. The Gauls had the great misfortune of sharing a border with the Romans and the two were often at war. The Gauls managed to sack Rome in 387 BC and as a consequence, the Romans had a deep fear and hatred for them that lasted until they were conquered by Caesar in 50 BC. When Hannibal invaded Italy during the second Punic war, a number of Gallic tribes joined him and contributed to his many victories over the Romans. That didn't help the Roman "fear and loathing" either, I bet.
Heavy Foot: The first set of pictures is all 46 bases of Heavy Foot. One of the challenges in running Gauls is that you have to decide early on whether you want to run them as Heavy or Medium Foot. Given all the Roman armies in our club, this was an easy decision for me. I chose to build them as Heavy Foot. To run them as Medium would give me more speed and the ability to go into terrain but at the cost of being extra brittle when losing to heavy foot and cavalry.
A quick note about the tattoos. I started with dark blue but kept working my way up for something that popped. The sky-blue looks great to the naked eye (get it?) but I couldn't get a shot that captured that effect with my camera. In these shots, it just looks washed out.
Camp: This camp is nearly scratch made. The tent is made out of paper towel and toothpicks. The large rocks are actually driftwood from the North Shore. Okay, so I didn't scratch make the 2 figures or the tree but for me, this is pretty good!
I enjoy my Gauls for their color and vibrancy. I also enjoy their "lost cause" history. They dared to stand up to Rome and were crushed under her heel. If you are thinking of painting up a Gallic army, one of the big pluses is how easily they morph into the other "barbarian" armies of the period such as:
3. Early Germans
4. Early British
5. Teuton and Cimbri
5. Teuton and Cimbri
While Roman versus Gauls is a tough matchup for Gauls in FoG, they have a fighting chance in Impetus. This weekend, I'm going to take these boys out of the box and run them against my newly painted Mid Republican Romans. Large Unit and the Impetus bonus should give the Gauls a fighting chance to win. While this army is based for FoG, I can field it in Impetus as long as I make sure that the units are no more than two bases wide. Brent put dibs on the Gauls and I suspect he's going to hit me with the dreaded "Boar's Head" formation to cave in my thin red Roman line!