Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Here are a few photos of a Neo-Assyrian infantry unit that I've finally finished. The front two ranks are armoured spearmen and the back two ranks armoured archers. They are Kisir Sharruti or 'king's standing army' part of a large force consisting of regular, professional soldiers, maintained by the Assyrian king. The figures are all Eureka Miniatures, except for the standard bearer who is by Wargames Foundry.
Monday, 13 February 2017
|Pyrrhus's army deployed|
|Pyrrhic pike and elephants|
|View from behind Pyrrhus' lines|
|A daunting sight for the Romans|
|Roman leves advance|
|The infantry close|
Last Sunday at the Vikings Club, Garry and I played a 200 point ADLG game, with my Camillan Romans defending against his attacking Epirote and Tarentine army. The Roman cavalry on both flanks were quickly routed by Pyrrhus' Xystophoroi and the Roman army was in trouble early on. In the end the Romans were on the verge of being demoralised, but staged a minor come back in the final turn. Both armies were demoralised in the same turn, Pyrrhus and a commander were killed, so a Pyrrhic victory of sorts for the Epirote and Tarentine forces.
|Roman Equites are routed|
|Romans try to fill the gaps in their line|
|About face on the right flank|
|Infantry charge in the centre|
|The Roman left flank is patched up|
|Romans are on the verge of demoralisation|
|One of Pyrrhus' elephants routes|
|Both armies are demoralised|
Sunday, 8 January 2017
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
|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
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
|Saxon defenders deployed|
|Viking attackers deployed|
|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|