The alpine invasion of Italy was a military operation that would shake the Mediterranean World of 218 BC with repercussions for more than two decades. It was a world war in the sense that it involved about three-quarters of the population of the entire Punic-Greco-Roman world and few people living in the Mediterranean were able to escape it. Virtually every family in Rome lost a member or members in the swath of destruction brought down on them by Hannibal and his Carthaginian armies. The task was daunting to say the least. It involved the mobilization of between 60,000 and 100,000 troops including Iberian and Celtic tribesmen and the training of a war-elephant corps, all of which had to be provisioned along the way.
For my fellow history geeks, General Vyse and Colonel Ross.
Sharpshooter Jones- An American sent for by the English Parliment. He is supposedly the best sharpshooter in the New World. He wears the uniform of a lieutenant in the US Army, 1808. He carries the most deadly weapon ever made in the Americas: The Kentucky Flintlock. This rifled, extended version, equipped with a brass sighting tube, can accurately fire a ball at a range of 400 yards.
Sharpshooter Vyse- As the best marksman in the 95th Rifles Regiment, Vyse was called up by Parliment to join the elite trio they were putting together. He wears the rank of General, which he earned through his excellent shooting in the heat of battle. His weapon is the most deadly ever created by the British: The Baker rifle. The usual design is only about three and a half feet long, but this personal weapon comissioned for Vyse's specific use is nearly double that. The barrel is tarnished to better conceal his position.
Sharpshooter Ross- Ross prides himself as being the best shot in the King's 25th Foot. He wears the gorget of Colonel. What makes his skills so outstanding is his ability to achieve impossible shots with a mere brass sighting tube. His Brown Bess musket is otherwise unaltered. At his hip is his favorite weappon... the heavy saber known as the Highlander. Crafted by the Scotts, it is a blade sure to hack anything to pieces.
These are the uniforms worn by the Royal Navy, from their introduction to the service in 1748 through the Seven Years War. The top row displays the full dress uniforms and the bottom row displays the working rig uniforms. The uniforms are, from left to right: - Midshipman - Lieutenant - Commander - Captain, Under Three Years Seniority - Captain, Over Three Years Seniority - Rear Admiral - Vice Admiral - Admiral
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So here is my new piece featuring Alpharius Omegon, the twin primarch(s) of the Alpha Legion. This was a privately commissioned piece, so if you have any interests in having your own painting made, please send me a note!