Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The charge of the Dumnonii

In the late afternoon haze, after standing for hours taking both insult and injury, finally, the Dumnonii could take no more. With an ear shattering battle cry, the ranks of the Dumnonii burst open and poured their vengeance down upon on the enemy. For this was the unstoppable down hill charge of the Celts and all were swept before them. It was a day of great slaughter and blood shed and the Dumnonii would collect many a Roman head before the day was through.


Here Kircatius leads his people to victory over a force of Roman Auxiliaries.

4 comments:

Pleader said...

Love this drawing. I've now read the first two Simon Scarrow books you mentioned earlier. I too used them to help make my three hour commuting each day to Noarlunga (beachside suburb)a more pleasant experience. I particularly liked the second one. I look forward to the third. Does it hold upto the other two?

simon said...

Thats great news, I'm so glad you managed to track them down and enjoy them. I have to admit that I have been side tracked into reading 'Nero's Killing Machine' by Stephen Dando-Collins. This book puts Scarrow in the shade a bit for me it is so good. It tells the story of the creation and the history of the 14th Legion. I still carry the Second Scarrow book with me in my work bag at all times ready to dive straight back in where I left off. I have reached the bit where they are waiting for Augustus to arrive. However, the Nero book is one of my favourites and I end up reading it in bed as well as on the train, I just can't put it down. The first book was just as good and that was about Caeser's famous 10th Legion. If you can track these books down, they are writen as descriptive histories rather than being pure fiction and I love them. The lure of fact over fiction will always get me I'm afraid, but I am still enjoying the 'Eagle' books and am looking foward to the third one like you. If the front cover is anything to go by, It looks like it's set up in the moors of the north or Scotland.

Pleader said...

Have you read Colleen McCulloch's series, beginning with "the Grass Crown". They are big, well written, tightly researched, and there's seven of them. It descends a little into soap in the middle of the series, but worth the effort to get through. Set from Gais Marius to the accension of Augustus, very good. At uni, I was told by classics majors that I'd learn more about rome by reading these than doing three years of latin. I'll post about it sometime....

simon said...

No I haven't seen those,they sound good. I've taken some pictures today of the 'Nero' books and so will show you them in a moment.