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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Sumerian Spearmen of Ur

Here are a couple of photos of some Sumerian spearmen of Ur that I've just finished painting. The figures are a mix of ranges - Eureka Miniatures, Castaway Arts and Wargames Foundry. I'm painting another unit at the moment which are mainly Cutting Edge Miniatures and hope to give all my Sumerians a run in a game soon.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Mahdist Attack on the Nile - The Men Who Would Be Kings

Mahdists attack the British paddle steamer and camp on the Nile

British defending with dismounted Camel Corps on the left

Egyptian and British infantry defend the steamer and camp

Mahdists advance

British fire at long range

Mahdist close in

Rick came over to my place this morning with his Mahdists, British and paddle steamer and we played another game of The Men Who Would Be Kings. The scenario was a Mahdist attack on a British force with a paddle steamer and camp on the edge of the Nile. The British had three infantry units and a Gatling Gun (24 points), while the Mahdists had four infantry units, two cavalry units and a field gun and crew (33 points).

The Mahdists were able to advance at the double repeatedly and before the British could concentrate their fire, were upon them.The Mahdists made short work of the Gatling Gun and Naval brigade crew and surged towards the Egyptian and British infantry. On the British right the dismounted Camel Corps were able to fight off all comers and had the Mahdist camels pinned. However on the left the British and Egyptian infantry were slowly overwhelmed and the British camp captured. Thanks to Rick for a fun game.

Mahdist advance at the double

Mahdist get stuck into Gatling Gun and Naval Brigade Crew

Mahdists are within striking distance of the camp

Mahdists charge

Egyptians retreat and are pinned

British retreat and are pinned in their camp

Mahdists capture the British camp

The gallant Camel Corps remain

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Little Wars Canberra 2016 - Battle of Gabiene - Command and Colors Ancients

View of Antigonus' and Eumenes' armies

Eumenes' centre

Side view of the armies

Antigonus advances 

Pithon with Tarentine cavalry on Antigonus's left flank

Action in the centre

Here are some photos of our Command and Colors Ancients games of the Battle of Gabiene at Little Wars Canberra last weekend. We played two games with a 7-1 result to Antigonus in the morning and a 7-6 result to Eumenes in the afternoon. This was a really fun, relaxed day of gaming and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves with a wide range of participation games on offer (see photos below). Thanks to Leigh, Ian and Greg who organised everything and thanks to Garry, Rick, Gary, Paul and Bern for the fun games. I also bought some goodies from Nic at Eureka Miniatures with some Elamite Kallipani carts for my Neo-Babylonians and some figures from their lovely new Trojan War range.

The Argyraspides (Silver Shields)

Eumenes' elephants attack

Antigonus' son Demetrius commands the right flank

Cavalry combat on Antigonus' right flank

Cavalry and elephants - things get ugly!

Great card to play!

Eumenes' light troops keep evading

Action on Antigonus' right flank

Here are a few photos of some of the other games played at Little Wars Canberra.

Sharp Practice Retreat from Leipzig 1813

Sharp Practice Retreat from Leipzig 1813

China Quagmire 1937

Dark Ages Viking Raid

Into the Valley of Death 

Into the Valley of Death 

Deadman's Hand

WW 1 20mm game

Bolt Action 2nd Arnhem Assault

Punic Wars 54mm game

Thursday, 3 November 2016

More Early Successor Elephants and Skirmishers

Here are a couple more elephants and skirmisher units for our Command and Colors Ancients game of the Battle of Gabiene at Little Wars Canberra this Sunday. The ellies are by Essex Miniatures, the peltasts are Victrix and the Persian Takabara peltasts are by Wargames Factory.

Just a reminder Little Wars Canberra 2016 will be held from 10.30 am on Sunday 6 November 2016 at the Vikings Club Lanyon, which is in Heidelberg St, Lanyon. Entry is by gold coin donation with all proceeds going to charity. More information about the event and a list of the participation games be played can be found on the Little Wars website:

Garry, Rick and I are running one of the participation games, The Battle of Gabiene using Command and Colors Ancients (CCA) with 28mm figures. So it you fancy being Antigonus the One Eyed or Eumenes come down and join the fun. Depending on the amount of interest we may run a second game in the afternoon. The CCA Gabiene scenario and 3rd edition rules can be found on the Command and Colors website: