Don’t you just love the sound of deadlines as they pass by? It’s been likened to herding cats but we finally have the twenty nine contestants and we know which army they intend to bring. There are still three lists to be submitted but one of those is the Umpire so we had best move on….
Late Romans and Byzantines are definately favourite this year. However, the composition of the Romans at least does vary considerably. Shooty cavalry have also featured in two Persian lists, including one particularly unsavoury one…..
Impetuous foot are also a trend. I do hope our top team of rules officials can cope. With no further ado, we have;
Richard Young: no.9 Assyrian Empire and Sargonid
Andy “the Guvnor” Claxton: no.87 Patrician Roman
Don McHugh: no.128 Nikephorian Byzantine
Steve Hacker no.54 Early Carthage
Chris “international man of mystery” Jackson no.40 Alexander the Not so Great
Colin ” local man of mystery” Cavanagh no.128 Nikephorian Byzantine
Tony Horobin no.86 Late Romans
Philip Mackie no. 193 Ghaznavid
Mark “deadlines don’t apply to Royalty” Clarke no 137 Mithriditic Swiss Army knife
Mark Fry no. 181 Italian Communal (Papal) with Nikephorian allies
Andy Gilbert no.55 Carthage (query on generals)
Craig Barr no.112 Classical Greece (Theban)
Andrew “dice-gate” Whitby no.64 Archaemenid Persian
Dave Allen no.44 Pyrrhic
Gordon ” the impaler” Jamieson no. 87 Patrician Romans
Paul Bolam no.133 North African Arabs
Andy ” the gypsy” Unwin no.40 Alexander and his Indian chums- under investigation
Nigel ” Forrest ways” Poole – Hindu elephant list with possibly 189, 196 or 234 army points. Still some “tinkering” needed!
Mark Mainwaring’s no. 150 Vikings
John Dennis no. 86 Late Romans
Paul Burton no.40 Alexander the Third
Ross ” who needs to look at the rules” Broadstock no.86 Late Romans
Patrick ” a real man’s army” Dale no.91 Dacians and Carpi
Richard Walker no.128 Not another bloody Nikephorian Bloody Byzantine!
James Churchill and his naked men in no.30 Myceneans in baby oil( oops gloss varnish)
Richard Bodley ” the right Royal rajah of Usk” Scott same army as last year, a few dodgy mixed formation inf and tons of shooty horse. No. 64 Archameanie Persian
Michael Despertaferres And the last and possibly the worst generalled late roman army of Virtus 2016. Godlike Genius Mr. M Fry will be checking this one to ensure fairness. The most outrageous list submitted will of course be receiving the “Chris Jackson Creative accountancy” award.
Absolutely brilliant to see so many contestants. Looking forward to Saturday at 9:30 for the battles to commence. If you are in Cardiff why not drop in and say hello? Colin will be working out the drawer as you read – remember you heard here first on Despertaferres.