Caesars Gallic Wars Wargames
Using exquisitely painted 28mm Gallic and Roman armies on purpose built terrain
Options for tabletop large Games all in 28mm using Impetus rules.
- Full day wargaming
- Guided morning tour of Moulay, city and museum of Jublians, lunch break then afternoon wargame.
- Full weekend campaign, includes evening game, full day tour to Moulay, city and museum of Jublians, Roman fortifications of Quintus Titurius Sabinus* and game, and second full day of gaming.
- Weekend Options include;
- Republican or Imperial Roman armies vs Gauls
- 1/1200 Naval Gallic Roman game
- Gladiatorial skirmish game
- Bonus full colour campaign guide 56BC or 52BC or 21AD
*Seasonal openings for museums and some sites, please contact us regarding planning the campaign weekend.
5th to 1stc BC Gaul was a region 494,000 sqkm in Western Europe inhabited by a large number of Gallic tribes. During the 2nd - 1st BC, Gaul fell under Roman influence then finally complete domination after the invasion of Julius Caesar from 58 BC to 51BC. In the first century after the 21AD rebellions many of the Gallic tribes are resettled in new Roman cities for administration.
The Aulerci (Aulerques) Gallic federation of tribes (Cenomani, Diablintes and Éburovices) inhabited Western Gaul, their territory extending north to Seine river in Normandy, west to Mont Saint Michel coast in Brittany, south to the Loire River and east to the Huisne river.
The Aulerci Diablintes capital was Moulay in the modern department of Mayenne, then after the Gallic rebellions of 21AD was moved to the Roman town of Jublains. The 1stC BC writings of Caesar & Pliny refers to the Diablintes. The etymology of their name translates to "the tireless" or “the Very Strong".
Sites in Mayenne
The earliest archaeologica evidence in the department of Mayenne is at the town of Moulay. Archaeological excavation identified a 3rd to 2nd century BC Celtic sanctuary in the centre of the later oppidum. In the 1970s a 2nd to 1st C BC 12ha oppidum site was identified by archaeologists, a classically defended Iron Age domestic occupation site, sited on a high vast rocky promontory on the junction of the river Mayenne and the Aron giving it a natural three sided defensive site.
2011 archaeological excavation identified a vastly larger oppidum with a new, second concentric enclosure of 135 ha. Considered the largest oppidum in the Diablintes territory; and one of the ten largest in France. The site use was identified as urban, with specialized and aligned artisan districts, qualifying it as a city and capital of the Diablintes. Agathe Legros, director of the archaeological museum of Jublains stated “the cities of the Gaul’s appear at a time when they are generating more and more wealth". The site demonstrates the Gaul’s evolution from a purely agricultural economy to a more complex society, engaging in trade and manufacturing. They mined gold, worked a range of metals, manufactured and traded fabrics and beverages. This made the region attractive to the Romans for resources and taxation. As the Romans control of the region was strengthened, the sites use declined and was abandoned over time. This coincides with the establishment & rise of Jublains as a new capital. The occupation levels at Jublains suggest the Diablintes population was significantly reduced, in line with the recorded mass killing of Gauls in battle, and capture Gauls to be sold into slavery.
The coming of the Caesar
58 BCE Caesar campaigns against the Suebi
57 BCE, Caesar campaigns agaist the Belgae
57 BCE instructs Publius Licinius Crassus and 7th legion to Amorica (Brittany), taking Gallic hostages from the Amorican and Aulerci tribes, then building a fleet on the Loire at Angers, to control the central Loire river and sea trade.
56BC The Veneti tribe & Aulerci federation rebel, fighting skirmishers along the Loire and a sea battle in the bay of Quiberon on the Southern Brittany coast.
56BC Caesar instructs Quintus Titurius Sabinus with three legions north, defeating a federation of the Venelli, Curiosolitae, Lexovii and the Aulerci Diablintes tribes. The Legions defeat the Gauls and subdue the tribes.
52BCE Vercingetorix rebellion, the Aulerci federation sends 5000 men to relieve the siege, they are defeated by the Romans.
52 BCE Julius Caesar's Lieutenant Titus Labienus clashed with the federation of Gallic Tribes lead by the Aulerci chieftain Camulogene at the battle of Lutetia. The tribes at the battle include Aulerci federation of the Dialblintes, Ceonomi, Eburovici and the neighbouring Parisii tribe federation.
Caesar institutes martial law, yet never consolidates his conquest. The subjugated Gauls were embittered and revolt.
46 BCE, as new spread of Vercingetorix's execution uprisings in outrage spread across Gaul, uprising in Brittany.
44 BCE on news of the murder of Caesar, uprising take advantage of the weakness in political situation is Rome.
29 BCE, the northern Gauls Morini and Germanic tribes who crossed the Rhine jointly revolt against Rome. Their suppression formed part of Triumph in Rome by Augustus.
21AD The Armorican tribes Coriosolites, Riedones and Aulerci rebel, this leads to the resettlment of the western tribes into new Roman centres.
Roman colonists and military veterans settle throughout Gaul, in Mayenne the Romans town of Noviodunum (Jublians), replaces the oppidum. Roman towns roads, fortifications, fortresses, temples, marketplaces are built. Outwardly, Roman and Celtic cultures existed side by side, yet lower-class inhabitants still spoke Callic and the peace was superficial. In London a writing tablet was found with a note about a slave girl from Jublains. It read: ‘Vegetus, assistant slave of Montanus the slave of the August Emperor, has bought the girl Fortunata, by nationality a Diablintian, for 600 denarii."
27 BCE, Augustus began taxing the province, and reorganizes the Gallic borders. 50 years of regular riots and revolts followed in reaction to cruelty and dishonesty of Roman tax-collectors.
Roman Jublains: 1 - 4 century AD
Ptolemy writes about the Diablintes and their new Roman capital," in the midst of the land relative to Venetians, to the south, are the Aulerci Diablintes their city is Noviodunum”. Jublains territorial control ury extended north over two thirds of modern Mayenne department, Pays de Loire into Orne department southern Normandy. Today visitors to Jublains visit archaeological excavations of the bathhouse, amphitheatre, temple and impressive Fortress. Regional control of Jublains included the large town of Entrammes with impressive Bath House excavation open to visitors. The planned town of Noviodunum never reached its desired population. Poor choice of town location, lack of water course, poor soil yields all impacted on the growth of the town. Jublains relied on its location at the junction of trade routes for success. New regional roads by pass Jublians, and trade declined and the city is abandoned in the 5th century. The Jublains Archaeological museum provides a clear overview of the evolution of Gallic and then Roman life.