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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:

http://www.tabletopwargaming.com/littlewars/?page_id=923

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:

http://www.commandsandcolors.net/ancients/component/content/article.html?id=238:114-gabiene-316-bc

http://www.gmtgames.com/living_rules/CC_Rules_2009.pdf













Sunday, 30 October 2016

Late Romans versus Huns and Goths - Dux Bellorum Game



View of the table


Roman Noble Shieldwall with allied Saxon Warriors out front



 Roman Archers and Ordinary Shieldwall


Roman Mounted Companions, Noble Riders and Horse Archers


Huns and Goths advance on the right


Saxon Warriors charge the Goth cavalry in the flank


On Sunday afternoon Craig came over to my place and we played a Dux Bellorum game with his Late Romans versus my Huns and Goths. Craig had devised a Hun army list with some rules for the horse archers so we gave these a play test and they seem to work quite well. I was the attacker and decided to refuse the left flank and concentrate on the right were I had the advantage in cavalry. The Mounted Companions and Noble Riders units closed quickly and a protracted melee ensued. The allied Saxon Warriors caught the Goth cavalry in a flank charge. My Goth warriors responded with an uncontrolled charge against the Saxon Warriors.

A Roman Noble Shieldwall unit then advanced in the centre, only to be shot at repeatedly by the Hun horse archers, while the remaining three Roman units failed to move for several turns! The Romans continued to be dogged by bad luck and the Huns and Goths were able to eventually grind them down and win both melees. The Goth Warriors then routed both the Roman Noble Shieldwall unit and the archers. The Romans tested for fifty percent casualties and failed with several units which lead to the rout of the whole army. For our next game we plan to swap sides, I'm thinking more cavalry, including horse archers, might be handy for the Romans. Thanks to Craig for a fun game.


Goth Warriors charge the Saxon allies


The cavalry fight a messy protracted melee


Infantry in the centre and cavalry on the right fight it out


Hun horse archers move and shoot


Roman Mounted Companions are surrounded on three sides