If the Roman Legion graces your gaming table, then this model profile will definitely be of interest to you. If your wargames don’t take place in the Ancient period, then your probably asking: What the heck is a pilum? Well…
The pilum is a javelin that was used by the Roman army in the age of antiquity. Legionaries of the Late Republic and Early Empire often carried two pila, with one sometimes being lighter than the other. Standard tactics called for a Roman soldier to throw his pilum (both if there was time) at the enemy just before charging to engage with his gladius.
Roman Pilum in HAVOC
To represent the Roman Pilum in HAVOC, let’s begin with the ‘Spear & Shield’ profile from The One List. The follow adjustments will then be made:
The cost is changed to 44 points.
Melee DMG: 3/2
Ranged DMG: 4/3
The Roman Pilum LOSES the Ranked Support ability, but does retain Shield Wall.
The Roman Pilum will only have 2 javelins available to throw. You can represent this with tokens, toothpicks, or modeled pila that are placed on the model’s base. It’s up to you. Once you have thrown your two javelins, then the model is removed from the table and replaced with a ‘Gladius & Shield’.
‘What if I want to switch to my Gladius & Shield before I have thrown my spear?’ you ask. Easy. You may, as an Action, change to the other weapon profile. Just make sure to move your javelin tokens to the new model!
Gladius and Shield
To represent the Gladius & Shield, you simply use the Melee & Shield stats found on page 122 with one simple change: the Total Defense ability is no longer possessed, but the Shield Wall ability is gained.
If using a ‘Gladius & Shield’ as a part of the Roman Pilum profile, then there is no points cost associated with it- it is included already. If you wish to use the Gladius & Shield as a model (with no javelin), then the cost is 25 points .
With all this talk of serious historical stuff, I’m sure there are some of you wondering if there is some way to inject a little of the cinematic. I’m sure I can think of something…
*the movie Gladiator is not tied to HAVOC in any official way, and is only used as an example of how history, fantasy, and the cinematic can come together with awesome results