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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Neo-Assyrian Kisir Sharruti

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

Camillan Romans vs Pyrrhic Successors - L'Art De La Guerre Game

Pyrrhus's army deployed

Pyrrhic pike and elephants

Romans deployed

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

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


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