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Wednesday, 28 December 2011


Thorakitai by Gripping Beast/Polemarch

Companions screened by Peltasts with Thureophoroi on their flank

Thureophoroi by Gripping Beast/Polemarch

More Companions and Peltasts

Close up shot of the Companions - A&A and Foundry

Thureophoroi with a nice Castaway Arts baggage train behind

Seeing as it is my final post for the year, I thought I'd post some photos of a Successor army of the Kingdom of Pergamon, painted by Nathan Vinson together with photos of the actual ancient site of Pergamon (modern Bergama in Turkey). I took the photos of Nathan's army at Matt (Bluewillow) Williamson's Ides of March WAB comp earlier in the year and the photos of Pergamon in August. Nathan is a very talented painter and has some really inspiring photos of wargames of all periods on his blog Lonely Gamers. Check it out if you haven't already done so!

The Kingdom of Pergamon under the Attalid dynasty 281-133 BC was prominent in the Hellenistic period. The town suffered under the Roman Republic but then went on to enjoy periods of prosperity under the Roman Empire.The site is an Acropolis on a really impressive, steep hill which even has a cable car for tourists to get to the summit. Other attractions in the town of Bergama include the the ancient healing centre of the Asclepion, the Archaeological Museum and the Red Basilica or Serapeion (Temple of Egyptian Gods).

View from the Acropolis of Pergamon down to Bergama

Acropolis theatre and terrace

Trajan's Temple

Carvings on the pediment of Trajan's Temple

The Altar of Zeus

View from the terrace up to the Acropolis

The ancient road looking up to the Acropolis

Marble Hall shrine (heroon) near the Small Gymnasium

Helmet relief in the shrine

Rooster relief in the shrine

Descending the ancient road

Mosaic in Demeter's Sacred Square

Hera's Sacred Square and Gymnasium

Stone shot for ballistae

Hellenistic bust - Bergama Archaeological Museum

Hellenistic coins - Bergama Archaeological Museum

The Sacred Road of the Asclepion with the Acropolis visible on the hill

Turtles in the Asclepion

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Dacian Ambush

Romans in the centre with Dacians attacking on the left flank

Romans in the centre with Dacians attacking on the right flank

Last Sunday we had another EIR vs Dacians Hail Caesar game, in our series of games fighting Trajan's Dacian Wars. The scenario Craig had devised was the ambush of a Roman column of two divisions, travelling along a road, by a Dacian force of three divisions charging in on both flanks. The Romans deployed first but then had the first move in response to the Dacian attack. The usual suspects of Ian, Bern and Garry commanded the Dacian divisions while Greg and I were the Romans.

Inevitably the Sarmatians charged and drove the Roman cavalry back. They then broke two Roman cavalry units on the left flank but not without losing a cataphract unit. The Praetorian cavalry performed well in their first outing and even managed to force back the Sarmatians in one turn shaken and disordered. The Roman legionaries chance for glory was then squandered as they rolled a blunder and drifted off to the right!

Back on the right flank Greg inflicted some withering fire on a Dacian warband and helped by Ian's test roll of snake eyes broke them. An unusual result but it shows missile fire can be quite effective at times in Hail Caesar. At this point in the game the Dacians decided to call off the attack and retire and preserve their remaining forces. The Romans were equally cautious and saw them off the field but made no effort to pursue.

The Roman cavalry wheel to face the Sarmatian cavalry

The Sarmatians charge in and the Romans countercharge

View of the Dacians and Romans on the right flank

The unwashed Dacian hordes advance

The Romans on the right hold the line

The Sarmatians drive the Roman cavalry back on the left

The Romans see off the Dacian attack on the right

The Dacians retreat, after destroying two Roman cavalry units but losing a Sarmatian cataphract unit

Friday, 16 December 2011

Equites Praetoriani

I've just finished this unit of Praetorian Cavalry with the new Warlord Games figures. They are Praetorian Cavalry from the First Dacian War 101-102 AD as depicted in Plate H of the Osprey book, Guardians of the Roman Empire. Both these cavalry and Praetorian infantry will be fighting for their emperor Trajan, in a Hail Caesar game tomorrow afternoon against the Dacians. A new emperor was often on the cards where the Praetorians were involved!

I've just noticed my blog counter has reached 20,000 hits so I'd like to thank everyone who has followed, commented on or visited my blog since I started it on April Fool's Day this year. I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy gaming, painting, collecting and blogging for 2012!

Earlier in the week I got some of the new EIR Aventine Miniatures for the Macromannic Wars in the mail. They're just brilliant figures so I'll put aside the Mycenaeans temporarily and try and finish these and some other Romans over the Xmas/New Year break.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Praetorian Guard

I've just finished these Warlord Games Praetorian Guard who will see service shortly under Trajan in our series of games fighting the Dacian Wars . Hopefully they will put a bit of backbone into the Roman forces - their performance against the Dacians has been lacklustre of late! I've had this unit half finished for ages but seeing the Praetorians on Dean's blog WAB Corner a while ago has inspired me to finish them off. I'm currently painting some of the new Warlord Praetorian Guard Cavalry and will post some photos of these when I've finished them.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

More Mycenaeans

Mycenaean Chariot and chariot runners - Old Glory chariot and Redoubt chariot runners

I've made slow progress with my Mycenaean army so far and have only finished a chariot and some archers in recent weeks. Here are a few photos of these figures. Painting chariots and putting them together is usually quite fiddly and time consuming - I'm working on another three at the moment. I'm also finding progress with the spearmen slow and looking at the Mycenaean list in the Hail Caesar Army Lists: Biblical and Classical (p.16) I think I'll opt for mixed units of spear and bow. There is 75% + requirement for non-skirmisher infantry (ie medium infantry) and chariot units really do need screening and support from a small unit of chariot runners. I've got quite a few photos of Minoan/Mycenaean sites we've visited in Crete and Greece in 2009, including Knossos, Phaistos, Agia Triada, Mycenae and Tiryns, so I'll include some of these in future posts.

Mycenaean archers - Foundry and Redoubt figures