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Subject: Block Colour and Army Type rss

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Irish Man
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Block Color corresponds primarily to Army Type, correct?

Blue == Greek
Orange == Greek Spartans
Green == Barbarian
Brown == Carthiginian
Tan == Persian

and then three roman armies:
Red = Early Roman army 1
Gray == Early Roman Army 2
Purple == Cezarian Imperial Roman

Do you ever have any armys that would mix colors? I would suppose if you were Roman with some barbarian backup, you would. What about other armies?
 
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The colors are typically as follows:

Grey, Red, Purple = Roman
Brown = Carthage
Green = Barbarian
Blue = Greek
Tan = Eastern Kingdoms (Persians, Parthians, etc.)
Orange = Spartan
 
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What other key armies are missing? Anything worthwhile to get its own colour?

Franks / Goths / Dacians / Thracians / Scythians, I would assume just use the green barbarian tiles.

What about Indian? Do they use the Persian Tiles?
 
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Franks and Goths use Green blogs. Indians use tan blocks.
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While the block colors loosely represent specific eras -- Carthaginians (Brown), Republican Romans (Gray), Caesarian Romans (Red), Imperial Romans (Purple), Greeks (Blue), Persians (Tan), Spartan (Orange), and Barbarians (Green) -- they're use is scenario based and some armies switch colors based on the scenario (especially the Seleucid Wars in the Greeks & Eastern Kingdoms expansion):

Blue Blocks:
Athenian
Epirote
Macedonian
Greek
Syracusan
Theban
Eumenes
Ptolemaic
Argive
Seleucid
Antigonus
Athenian
Greek
Ptolemaic

Brown Blocks:
Carthaginian
Numidian
Craterus

Grey Blocks:
Vitellius
Roman
Syracusan
Sertorian
Numidian
Pompeian
Capelianus
Samnite
Rebel Army
Niger
Albinus
Republican

Green Blocks:
Goths
Germanic
Helvetii
Slave
Briton
Gaul
Alemanni
Belgic

Orange Blocks:
Spartan
Syracusan
Greek
Boeotian

Purple Blocks:
Roman
Gordianus
Constantine
Maxentius

Red Blocks:
Otho
Roman
Caesarian
Severus
Constantine
Triumvirate

Tan Blocks:
Parthian
Licinius
Phocian
Persian
Indian
Spartan
Antigonus
Seleucid
Antigonus
Palmyrene
Seleucus
Scythian
Ptolemaic
Armenian
Pontic

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kentreuber wrote:
Franks and Goths use Green blogs.


Those barbarians were way ahead of their time....the earliest known adopters of information technology. No wonder the Roman Empire fell

Brent.

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irishman wrote:


Do you ever have any armys that would mix colors? I would suppose if you were Roman with some barbarian backup, you would. What about other armies?


By necessity blocks are sometimes mixed when playing Epic, to make up the numbers for those larger battles, but they're not representing different national groups. Inspired by the Silver Shields in the latest expansion, I've started using different colour blocks rather than special unit blocks for elite units in scenarios (e.g. orange MC blocks for Companion cavalry in Alexander's blue army) but this is just a personal preference.

Many of these ancient armies included diverse, often specialised, conquered, allied or mercenary national units....particularly the later Roman Imperial army which in some cases contained very few soldiers of Roman birth (the ancient equvalent of Arsenal FC ), but I'm not aware of any standard published scenarios that mix colours to represent these different national units (as happens with the British-Portugese-Spanish in C&C:Napoleonics).....perhaps that would start to get confusing.

Brent.
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goshublue wrote:
By necessity blocks are sometimes mixed when playing Epic, to make up the numbers for those larger battles

I'm quite happy that some expansions are no longer in print, or I'd have gotten a second set for epic battles already Might get the ones that are available anyway, I hate mixed block colors ninja
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irishman wrote:
Do you ever have any armys that would mix colors? I would suppose if you were Roman with some barbarian backup, you would. What about other armies?

Ipsus (301 BC) from expansion 1 needs an additional unit of elephants:

The scenario book contains the following special rule:
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Seleucus brought 400 elephants from India to the battle. You will need to deploy a Roman or Carthaginian unit of elephants from the core game as the fourth elephant unit of the Seleucid army.
 
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goshublue wrote:
kentreuber wrote:
Franks and Goths use Green blogs.


Those barbarians were way ahead of their time....the earliest known adopters of information technology. No wonder the Roman Empire fell

Brent.



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