Invisible officer wrote:The integration of artillery into auxilia is not documented in any ancient source. And the few ancient images show Legionary crews.
The machines look very simple on first sight but Schramm and Marsden give a lot of proof in their books that it's far from easy to build and serve them.
The Legiones had a core of expert craftsmen, producing a lot of military items. Including the Scorpions and other machines.
I would use them in defence of the Auxilia Castell but not in the field. My main reason is that Auxilia's big advantage was fast movement to catch raiders or do raids themselves.
If a cohors Auxila had 10 Scorpiones with it the effect was not very great. On a pitched battlefield or in siege the massed machines of a Legio could play havoc but in a skirmish the effect would be neglectable.
To treat the Legionary crew as Auxila might have an advantage in the rules you use but the crews came from the cohors miles. Heavy Infantry in dress and training.
But if you like to use the Scorpio in an Auxilia setting, why not. It's to see your opponent's chieftain nailed to a tree Or the savages taking revenge.........
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