Had that situation with pips come up on a few occasions. A couple of years ago I commanded the cavalry wing of a Carthaginian double army during a game against a Roman army. My pip rolls were so bad I never got deployed from the original column. On the other hand while my partner's warbands died gloriously (and quickly) I hung in for an amazing number of bounds with spectacular combat rolls. Finally lost Hannibal and that was it.
Even better on the OG15s - prepping them this evening I discovered several archers and javelinmen with breaks in one of their ankles - epoxy time...(and another call to OG)
Got the command pack off of ebay several years ago, obviously opened - 15 standard bearers (5 of one and 10 of the other) and 3 sets of 4 officers. Thinking of doing a couple extra command elements for BBDBA - a 4BW and a 3WB or two.
The javelins do convert reasonably well. Am thinking looking at the actual club armed figures that I won't even need to build up the shafts for the converts as I did with the Indians.
And yes those Black Hat packs are more convenient (and Ochmann figure...). Problem with picking up packs off ebay and then fleshing them out at a later date. Sometimes paints one into a bit of a corner.