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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Saga in the Great Hall

Two four point Viking warbands in the Great Hall

Craig's Warlord & Hearthguard

Another Hearthguard unit

Warriors watch the Hearthguard fighting 

Fighting in the main hall

Warriors attack the remaining Hearthguard

My Warlord occupies the throne for now!

Here's my last post for 2014 and best wishes to everyone for 2015!

Last Monday night Craig came over to my place and we played a game of Saga with his newly assembled 4 Ground Great Hall. This is a serious bit of kit which looks pretty amazing and only retails for $480 in Australia! Craig said there are fifteen pages of instructions and that the ground floor took about ten hours to assemble. He still has the loft to do.

The scenario we used fighting in the Great Hall was a lot of fun and very quick with all units starting with an automatic fatigue each - obviously too much feasting and drinking! Movement was by room and a maximum of eight figures per side could fit\fight in each room.

On Tuesday my mate Rick came over and we played a game of Jugula with the Familia One and Two sets, there are a few photos below. Thanks to Craig and Rick for some fun games to finish off the year.

Familia set two

Familia set one

Provocator and Hoplomachus fight

My Provocator and Saggitarius bite the dust!

Friday, 26 December 2014

Amorite Kingdoms - Ba'irum

Here are a few photos of a unit of Ba'irum for an Amorite Kingdoms army from the time of Hammurabi (1792 - 1750 BC). These are all Cutting Edge Miniatures figures available from Warlord Games. Some figures in the first two ranks have put away their bows and are getting ready to get stuck in with their bronze two handed axes!

The Ba'irum were 'an interesting troop-type, which appears to have been considered essential to take on campaign (Shamsi-Adad once reprimanded Yasmakh-Adad for neglecting to mobilise them)...The term is derived from the word meaning 'to hunt' (like the Napoleonic 'chasseur' and 'jaeger'), and their principle weapon was an axe.' Nigel Stillman and Nigel Tallis, Armies of the Ancient Near East 3000 BC to 539 BC, p.21.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

More Gladiators for Jugula

Familia Set Two


Here are four more 35mm Gripping Beast gladiators for Jugula, from their Familia Set Two. They are left to right, a Scissor, Dimachaerius, Sagittarius and Provocator. These are great figures to collect and paint. I have quite a few 28mm gladiators but the slightly bigger figures are pretty cool and work really well playing Jugula. I have three sets of four figures in 35mm and will probably get more of these when they release the next sets.

I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Xmas and happy gaming, painting and blogging for 2015!




Saturday, 13 December 2014

Early Successors - Eumenes versus Antigonus One-Eyed

Antigonus' army on the left, Eumenes on the right

View from the other end

Persian Colonist Cavalry

Persian Satrapal Commander

Both armies advance cautiously

On Sunday Garry and I played our last game of the year at the Vikings Club. It was an Early Successor Hail Caesar game with two divisions and five hundred points a side. Garry was Eumenes while I was old Antigonus One-Eyed, fighting with fairly similar armies but Garry had the advantage in cavalry while I had more pike. After a cautious start the cavalry on both flanks charged and Antigonus' elephants charged Eumenes' elephant guard. The fight on the right flank proved decisive  and eventually Eumenes' division here broke after some unlucky dice rolling. Thanks to Garry for a fun game.

Antigonus' Companions on the right flank contemplate a charge

Cavalry action on the left flank

Side view of both armies in action

Eumenes' left flank breaks

Friday, 28 November 2014

Spartan Command

Here are some photos of three command stands for my Spartan Army. The figures are mainly Foundry with two by Gorgon Studios and a single Xyston 28mm figure. The close up shots were taken with a macro lens and while this is great for detail it also tends to emphasise any slight mistakes or sloppiness in the painting!

I recently received my copy of Dacia The Roman Wars Volume 1 Sarmizegetusa by Radu Oltean. This is  a superb book, lavishly illustrated and painstakingly researched, it is definitely worth getting if you're at all interested in Rome's Dacian Wars. It is available from Karawansaray Publishers.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Victrix Greek Peltasts

Here are a couple of photos some Victrix Greek Peltasts which I've just finished painting and basing. Some of these saw action in our Battle of Mantinea refight last weekend. Craig had painted up a unit of these as well and we both made the same mistake of gluing the shields with rims on the outside instead of the inside. The LBM peltast shield transfers don't fit if you do this! So I've just painted most of them with hide shields but still have another 32 from the box to do with the transfers. The archers in the photos below are a mix of Gorgon Studios Spartan archers and Foundry Greek archers.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Battle of Mantinea 418 BC

Spartans & Allies R, Argives, Athenians & Allies L

View from the other end

Spartans & Tegeans deploy in front of Pelagos Wood

Spartans & Allies advance

Mantineans & Arcadians on the right face Brasideans and Sciritae

Mantinean peltasts take on Spartan cavalry

Here are some photos from our refight of the Battle of Mantinea 418 BC, last Sunday at the Vikings Club in Lanyon. Bern, Gary and Josh commanded the Spartans and allies, while Garry, Craig and I commanded the Athenians, Mantineans, Argives and allies. Expecting to get steamrolled by the elite Spartan hoplites, we held  back with the Argives in the centre and the Mantineans and allies on the right. Part of the scenario Craig had devised for the game was the possible arrival of Athenian reinforcements from turn four on a roll of 5+.

The Spartans and allies were hampered by King Agis' poor leadership who only rated a 7 with no rerolls. Needless to say his division took some time to get in contact and the Athenian reinforcements did arrive but only once the game had been decided. On the left flank the Athenians quickly got stuck in and sent the Spartan cavalry on that flank scurrying towards Pelagos Wood to their rear. On the right flank a protracted struggle between Craig and Josh ensued which eventually saw the Brasideans and Sciritae break the Mantinean and Arcadian allies.

In the centre the Spartans advanced slowly but the Argives were able to charge home and, with luck, were able to break a Spartan hoplite unit in the first round of combat. A typical phalanx grinding matched commenced with results of two or less considered a draw because of the phalanx special rule in Hail Caesar. Meanwhile the Athenians on the left flank were able to exploit their initial success and broke the Spartans and Tegeans there. Eventually the Spartans in the centre also broke just as the Athenian reinforcements made a rather poorly timed entrance onto the tabletop! Thanks to Bern, Gary, Josh, Garry and Craig for another fun game.

Spartans and Argives clash in the centre

Athenians & Allies in action on the left flank

Back on the right flank

Mantineans and Brasideans slug it out

An Argive phalanx gives ground disordered

Pressure mounts in the centre and on the left flank

Finally Spartans & Allies break in the centre and on their right flank