> --- In LOTRvariants@yahoogroups.com, Terry Maltman
> <terrymaltman@> wrote:
> > 2. You specify round or 'normal' shields for barbarians,
> auilliaries and command but large shields for legionaries. Is there
> any difference or is it just background?
--- In LOTRvariants@yahoogroups.com
, "lotrhithero" <lotrhithero@...>
> 2)Thats just blurb and possibly an excuse to give Romans heavy
> armour which the shouldn't really have if going strictly by LOTR
I started to think some more about the big legionary scutum (and some
other stuff). It doesn't seem right that a barbarian with a skinny
shield gets the same benefit as the huge Roman version. The large
rectangular shield seems to have several advantages
1) It is big (and tough) and hence should enhance the models defence
more than a smaller shield.
2) The Romans used the shield in a specific way. ie to form an
interlocking shield wall again enhancing the defence.
The question is whether it is worth trying to reproduce either of
these effects in special rules? (1) could simply be +2D instead of
+1. Does a defence of 7 make the legionary too hard and possibly
erode the differential with heroes?
(2) would be conditional on the man with the shield being ranked up
with similarly equipped men. This could get a bit wordy if you try to
cover too many possibilities.