Thursday, 25 August 2016

Camillan Romans versus Later Etruscans




View from the Roman lines


Etruscan left flank


Etruscan right flank


Cavalry and skirmishers close on the Roman right flank


Last Wednesday night down at the Vikings Club, Garry and I played a 100 point L'Art de la Guerre (ADLG) game with his lovely Etruscans versus my Camillan Romans. Here are a few photos of our game. It was a quiet night at the club, the miserable wet, winter weather no doubt contributed to this,  and only one other game, a Brother versus Brother, French Indian War game, was played.

It was Garry's first game of ADLG but the Romans were soon in trouble on both flanks with their cavalry units routed. The Etruscans with superior numbers were able to roll up the flanks. The Romans countered with Latin ally reserves and the Roman commander even managed to rally two units in one turn. However it was a familiar tale of too little, too late and once the Triarii routed, the Roman army became demoralised and it was curtains. Thanks to Garry for a fun game.



Etruscan cavalry gain support in combat


Romans line up a charge on the Etruscans


Main combat with Romans in trouble on both flanks


Etruscans repulse the attack and Romans are demoralised

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Indian Cavalry
















Above are a few photos of an Indian cavalry unit I've just finished painting. The figures are by Old Glory. I may replace the shields at some stage with bell shaped shields from 1st Corps Miniatures. All my other 28mm cavalry are 1st Corps figures. Indian cavalry were low status troops but can still guard a flank! I have a 15mm Xyston Indian army as well, neither the 28mm or 15mm armies are anywhere near complete...

We have just got back from a holiday, bushwalking and camping in northern NSW, so I thought I'd include a few pics with this post.



Little Dandahra Creek, Gibraltar Range National Park


A dead gecko on the track


Dandahra Crags, Gibraltar Range National Park


A boulder below The Haystack, Washpool National Park


The Needles, Gibraltar Range National Park


A female Satin Bowerbird


Pandanus Palms, Woody Head


Fruit of the Pandanus


Angourie Walk, Yuraygir National Park


Petrified tree stumps, Plumbago Beach, Yuraygir


View south from Dirrigan Lookout, Yuraygir


A small snake warming itself in the winter sun


Ebor Falls

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Republican Romans versus Spanish - ADLG Game




Romans on the left, Spanish on the right

View from the opposite end

Armies advance

Spanish cavalry charge the Roman and Italian cavalry

Skirmishers exchange fire


Last Sunday afternoon Craig came over to my place and we played another 100 point ADLG game, this time between Republican Romans and Ancient Spanish. Here are a few photos of our game. This was quite a fun, close game, the Roman commander was killed in a melee and while the Spanish became demoralised the Romans weren't far from it themselves. The 100 point reduced format of the game is good for a quick game and painting new armies this size (14 units a side) is very achievable target in a short time.



Spanish light cavalry


Show a good turn of speed retreating


Roman cavalry charge the Celtiberian Scutarii in the flank


The infantry close


Spanish become demoralised and rout

Friday, 29 July 2016

Late Romans versus Goths - ADLG Game



Goths deployed


Late Romans deployed


Goth infantry surge forward


Both armies advance


Cavalry clash on the Goth left flank



Last Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon for a Late Romans vs Goths, 100 point L'Art de La Guerre(ADLG) game.  It was quite a reasonable turn out at the club for a mid week, mid winter, night. There were some fine looking games played - a 28mm Impetus game with Numidians vs Carthaginians, a naval Napoleonic game and a 28mm Ronin Samurai game as well.

Here are a few photos of our game. The Goths failed to distinguish themselves yet again and the game was over fairly quickly once the main infantry combat was resolved over a few turns. Most of the individual melees seemed to depend on how well you rolled your dice, with the addition of only a few factors and modifiers. We're still getting the hang  of the rules and not sure of how a few things work. Rereading of the rules is obviously required.



Cavalry clash on the Goth right flank


The infantry close in the centre


Late Roman infantry charge the Goths


Goth infantry's loss of cohesion mounts


Goths are demoralised and rout

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Late Romans versus Goths - Dux Bellorum Game




Late Romans and Goths deployed on the table


Late Roman Noble Riders, Mounted Companions and Cataphracts


Late Roman Shieldwall, Ballista and Horse Archers


Goth forces


Both sides advance



Last Sunday afternoon I went over to Craig's place for a Dux Bellorum game. Here are a few photos of our Late Romans versus Goths game. We had thirty two point armies, Craig's Late Romans consisted of eight units - a Mounted Companions and Leader unit, Noble Riders, nasty Cataphracts, a Noble Shieldwall unit, two Ordinary Shieldwall units, a large Ballista and some allied Hun horse archers (Mounted Skirmishers). My Goths consisted of nine units - Mounted Companions and Leader, two Noble Rider units, Mounted Skirmishers (allied Alan horse archers) and five Ordinary Warriors.

The cavalry quickly charged into contact and after some initial success for the Goths, it settled into a prolonged melee where command points on both sides were spent on saves to minimise any potential losses. Craig's large Ballista was pretty handy, shooting a distance of six base widths, and destroying a unit of my Goth warriors before they could get in to contact. Eventually my impetuous Goth warriors charged the Roman shieldwall units and quickly bounced. They repeated their efforts in the subsequent turn but the tide had turned for the Romans. Both Mounted Companions and Leaders were destroyed in this turn but the Goths had suffered fifty percent casualties and a surviving warrior unit failed a morale test. The remaining Goths routed.  Thanks to Craig for a fun game.



The cavalry charge into combat 


Goths enjoy some initial success


Impetuous Goth warriors charge the Roman shieldwall


Goth warriors are slaughtered