Substitute Figures: or, the Orcs are revolting Nov 26, 2016 8:44:30 GMT
Post by zoebrain on Nov 26, 2016 8:44:30 GMT
I can't remember which day I visited the Gentleman Pensioners in the most palatial wargames club ever, with rooms hired from the local bridge club on quiet nights. The main thing I remember from there was the exposition by an Orc army's owner of the benefits of a horde in which the most elite force were "Regular C" Uruk-Hai.
That was in the days of 5th and 6th edition.
The Orcs are still around, as II/45c.
Ringwraith on horse (Cv) or dismounted with Fell Beast (4Bd), Tower Guard(4Bd), 3xUruk-hai(4Bd), Olog-hai(3Wb), 4xSnaga(5Hd), 2xScouts(Ps). All but the command element are the original Tin Soldier figurines described by Phil Barker on his trip to Australia.
The point is, it's a straightforward, no changes needed, Spartacist Army. Just represented by unconventional figures. As long as the theme stays constant, just as a conventional Spartacist army is a mix of Republican Roman, Gladiator, Gallic and Revolting Peasantry - no Samurai, Space Marines or Persians - and the troop types obvious - then the aesthetics are preserved.
For those insisting on a historical army, then just call them Anthropophagi, as described by Herodotus. We have no other details apart from the name, so the best we can do is adapt an existing army list without change, merely depicting them with mythological figures of similar character.
Similarly, a I/43a Skythian army can be represented by the mythological depiction of them - as Centaurs. Splintered Light does a good range.
Herodatan Blemyes can't use the II/55 Blemye list, as it's centuries later. But they can use the I/58 Meroitic Kushite list, corresponding to the same geographic location and time period. The Evil Gong miniatures work a treat for them.
These are all about as well attested to in the contemporary literature as list I/60b.