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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Neo-Babylonians - Chaldean Infantry

Here are a few photos of some Chaldean infantry for my Neo-Babylonian army. The figures are by Newline Designs and are the typical mix of back rank archers and front rank spearmen. According to my well thumbed copy of Armies of the Ancient Near East, 3000 BC to 539 BC by Nigel Stillman and Nigel Tallis, the Chaldeans were levied by the Neo-Babylonian kings with the majority of them being archers.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Neo-Assyrian Chariot and Little Wars Canberra 2016

Here are a few photos of a Neo-Assyrian chariot that I've just finished painting. The figures are by Eureka Miniatures and the mud brick building is by 4Ground. The close up shots always reveal how sloppy my quick and dirty painting is! Not to worry, there are still plenty more figures to crank out for both Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian armies.

A quick plug for a one day event being held early next month - Little Wars Canberra 2016. This will be held 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:

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:

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Neo-Assyrian Sab Sharri

Above are a few photos of a unit of Sab Sharri (King's Men) that I've just finished painting for my Neo Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian armies from the time of Ashurbanipal (687-627 BC), the last great Assyrian King. The figures are a mix of Wargames Foundry (beautiful Perry figures), Hinchcliffe and Eureka. The photos below are of an earlier unit with the same mix of figures, that I painted a few years ago but the photos I posted of them before were terrible. They're quite a nice unit, I even painted the eyes on some of them, and they deserve better photos, hence their reappearance.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

First Two Games of The Men Who Would Be Kings - Boer and Sudan Wars

Boers on the left, British on the right

First Boer Mounted Infantry Unit

Second Boer Unit

Third Boer Unit

British forces with Australian and Highlander Units

Boers move around a hill

Last Tuesday afternoon Craig came over with his lovely Foundry Boer and British forces to play our first game of The Men Who Would Be Kings. We played the first scenario in the rules, Just Passing By, where both sides meet in the field while on their way to fulfil other orders. The Boers didn't have much of a chance as they rolled really badly throughout the entire game. Crucially each Boer unit's leadership value was 8 while the British were 5 and 6. There wasn't enough terrain to allow them to go to ground and the British just shot them up and once they were pinned they weren't able to rally.

Another unit crosses the river

The pinned markers start to mount

A Boer unit takes up a position on a hill

A rally is looking increasingly unlikely!

The British unit completes another round of firing

The Highlanders just make firing range

On Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club for my second game of The Men Who Would Be Kings, this time the setting was the Sudan War. Rick provided the beautifully painted Perry Mahdist and British forces and we played the second scenario, Seek and Destroy, with the British attacking and attempting to destroy a Mahdist Village. This was a bit of a slaughter of the Mahdists, but eventually they were able to close with British and wiped out the Camel Corps unit. They had suffered so many casualties by this stage that the British were able to occupy the village. I'm not too sure we were doing the pinned tests correctly with multiple casualties and rounds of fire but it was a fun game.

Mahdist forces defending their village

Opposite side of the table with Mahdist reinforcements visible

Egyptian Infantry

British Camel Corps

British Light Infantry

Mahdist reinforcements arrive on the table

British advance towards the village

Mahdist camel unit retreat from combat

Mahdists suffer more withering British fire

Mahdists wipe out the Camel Corps

Egyptians are pinned and forced to retreat

Monday, 26 September 2016

A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum - Part Two

Bronze mirror, Haguro San, Japan 1100-1200 CE

Moche pots, Peru 100-700 CE

Mayan altar, Copan, Honduras c.763-822 CE

Huastec goddess, Mexico 900-1521 CE

Aztec spirit, Mexico 1400-1521 CE

Inca gold llama, Peru 1400-1521 CE

Bell shrine of St Conall Cael, Inishkeel, Ireland 1400-1500 CE

Lewis chessmen, Isle of Lewis, Scotland 1150-1175 CE

Ife head, Ife, Nigeria 1100-1400 CE

Hebrew astrolabe probably from Spain 1345-1355 CE

Durer's Rhinoceros, Nuremberg, Germany 1515 CE

Pieces of eight from silver mined in Bolivia & Mexico 1598-1621 CE

Kakiemon elephant, Arita, Japan 1650-1700 CE

Ivory figure of Christ, Goa, India 1600-1700 CE

Miniature of a Mughal prince, India c.1610 CE

Benin plaque: The Oba with Europeans, Benin, Nigeria 1500-1600 CE

Fifty manillas found in Nigeria 16th-19th century

North American frock coat, Canada 1800-1900 CE

Hawaiian basketry helmet 1700-1800 CE

Sowei mask, Sherbro, Sierra Leone c.1880 CE

Fiel dos Santos' Mother, Maputo, Mozambique 2011