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Sunday, 8 January 2017

More Sumerian Battle Cars













Here are four more Sumerian battle cars or chariots which we used in our Sumerian game last week. I've just finished basing and photographing them. All crew, chariots and onagers are by Castaway Arts.







Monday, 2 January 2017

Sumerian L'Arte de la Guerre Game




View of initial deployment


Army of Ur advances


Archers and skirmishers exchange fire


Archers and skirmishers charge


Royal Guard of Lagash


Last Monday afternoon Craig came over to my place and we played a 200 point Sumerian L'Arte de la Guerre (ADLG) game - our first game for 2017. We had similar Sumerian armies, Craig commanded the army of Lagash and was the defender, while I commanded the army of Ur and was the attacker. The spearmen of Lagash counted as armed with pavise which added a +1 to their protection but we forgot to apply this through the whole game! It was a hard fought encounter, both armies became demoralised in the same turn but, Ur suffered a greater number of casualties and their commander was killed in the final turn. Thanks to Craig for a fun game.



Chariots charge on both flanks


 Chariots on the Lagash right flank


Chariots fighting on the Ur right flank


Chariots fighting on the Lagash right flank


Casualties mount and gaps appear in both lines


Army of Ur is demoralised and their commander killed

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Thureophoroi















Here are two units of Hellenistic Thueophoroi that I've just finished painting. The figures are mainly Old Glory with Crusader Miniatures command and Foundry Greek Peltasts with thureoi added. I have another unit of Relic Miniatures thureophoroi to paint at some stage.

I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy gaming, painting and blogging for 2017!













Saturday, 17 December 2016

Vikings versus Anglo-Saxons - L'Art de la Guerre Game



Saxon defenders deployed


Viking attackers deployed


Saxon Huscarls


Mounted Saxons and Select Fyrd


Viking Bondi are charged by the Mounted Saxons


Well it has been pretty quiet on the gaming, blogging and painting front lately. Last Saturday afternoon I went over to Craig's place and we played a Vikings versus Anglo-Saxons game of L'Art de la Guerre with 150 points, two corps and two commanders a side. I was the attacker with my Vikings while Craig was the defender with his Saxons. The game quickly developed in to two distinct battle lines with the Mounted Saxons taking on the Viking Bondi and the Viking Hirdmen and Bondi slogging it out with the Saxon Huscarls and Select Fyrd. Eventually the Vikings wore the Saxons down and they became demoralised.  It was a good, grinding shieldwall encounter - thanks to Craig for a fun game.




Two lines of battle form


Vikings and Saxons slog it out


Gaps appear in the Shieldwall


Vikings gain the advantage

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