Friday, 10 May 2013

Battlelines drawn in Old Buckenham

Wargaming with Boudica
Members of the Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle gathered at the Church Rooms last night to hear about Boudica and her battles with the Romans. The speaker, Chris Cope, explained both the history and the myths of lady who in AD60 had led a revolt in which up to 100,000 Celts had battled against their Roman rulers. While the Roman governor Paulinius was up in Angelsey, Boudica's Celts had attacked and burnt down much of Colchester, London and St Albans. But at the final battle of Watling Street the better trained and equipped 15,000 Romans overcame the much larger number of Celts and Boudica lost her life.
All this history was brought to life with Chris' demonstrations of the shields and swords used by the Roman soldiers. He had also brought along the hundreds of model figures that he uses when re-enacting the final battle while wargaming with a group of fellow enthusiasts in New Buckenham.

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