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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Photos of Abu Simbel, Egypt

The Great Temple at Abu Simbel

Third colossal Ramses

Relief outside the Temple

Syrian prisoners
Nubian prisoners
Close up shot of a Syrian prisoner
More Nubian prisoners
Scene symbolizing the unification of upper and lower Egypt

The Small Temple at Abu Simbel
Close up shot on the left of the Small Temple
View of Lake Nasser

Friday, 20 January 2012

Aventine Early Imperial Roman legionaries

I've just finished these Aventine Early Imperial Roman legionaries from the Macromannic Wars and have taken the photos with my new Canon EOS 550D DSLR camera. These are the first photos I've taken with the camera and there was new software as well so some of these photos have turned out darker than I would have wished. I might even have to look at the software instruction manual! I'll obviously need to play around with both camera and software a bit but I'm reasonably happy with these for a first effort. The Aventine EIR, by the way, are just brilliant figures and one of the best Roman ranges I've ever painted.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Early Imperial Roman legionaries

I finished this cohort of Early Imperial Roman legionaries over the Xmas/New Year break but haven't got around to taking photos of them until now. They're a mix of Black Tree Design, Aventine Miniatures and Tin Soldier. The brilliant Aventine figures are later from the Macromannic Wars (160 to 180 AD) with the Nieder Mormter helmet but I think they mix in quite well otherwise. I'm painting an all Aventine cohort with manicae and will post some photos when these are finished. I'm getting a new camera shortly so have high hopes for an improvement in my photography! Whether or not this will be matched by reality remains to be seen...

Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year Saga

View of the table

The Anglo-Danish forces

Viking initial deployment
Anglo-Danish initial deployment

Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is a good year for you all on the painting, gaming and blogging front.

On the afternoon of New Year's Day Craig and I had a six point Saga game with his Anglo-Danish versus my Vikings. We've both played a couple of games before, that have been fun and quite bloody, with only a few survivors remaining at the end. This proved to be the case again and the subtleties and ingenuity of the rule system, factions and battle boards were even more evident. You can have a plan in Saga but often your opponent's moves/dice or your own dice render this obsolete and you have to make do with the best of several poor options! Sometimes it is better just to rest and recover from fatigue...

The Vikings are one of the easier factions to play and simple aggression is often quite effective, so they advanced. The Anglo-Danish cannily sat back firing with their slingers and playing Intimidation and Trapped abilities repeatedly to frustrate the Viking advance. This was quite effective but eventually melees were fought between units with heavy casualties on both sides. The Anglo-Danish had the best of it up to this point and with larger units of six Thegns/hearthguard looked to have more stamina. Some lucky shooting and even luckier saves saw the Vikings turn things around and finally the Anglo-Danish Warlord was killed unable to use his resilience ability as he was on his own! Thanks to Craig for a fun game.

The Vikings surge forward

Anglo-Danish Thegns/hearthguard and Warlord

Close up shot of the Thegns

Viking Hirdmen/hearthguard push back a unit of Anglo-Danish Thegns/hearthguard

The Viking Warlord and Bondi/warriors contemplate a charge on the Thegns

The Hirdmen and Thegns line up

The Viking Warlord and a lone survivor pull back to save their necks and Saga dice!

The Thegns look invincible

Viking thrall archers/levies target the Thegns

The Thegns line up a charge on the remaining Viking Bondi/warriors