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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Anzac Cove and Gallipoli


Approaching Anzac Cove by boat with the Sphinx in the background









Another view of the Sphinx

Side view of Anzac Cove

Lone Pine Cemetery



Reconstructed trench and tunnel

View West near Battleship Hill

View down the ridge from Chunuk Bair

NZ Memorial at Chunuk Bair

Friday, 20 April 2012

Persian Cavalry








Here are some photos of the Wargames Factory plastic Persian cavalry which I've just finished. I'll use these as two small units of skirmishing light cavalry for Hail Caesar. They're probably more suitable as Late Achaemenid Persians but you could use them for either Early or Late. I really like these figures and think they've turned out well but, like the Persian infantry, they are a bit fiddly to put together.







Sunday, 15 April 2012

Anglo-Danish vs Vikings



View of the table with Anglo-Danish on the left and Vikings on the right



Harold Godwinson with brothers and Anglo-Danish Ceorls


Anglo-Danish Huscarls



Here are photos of another six point Saga game Craig and I played on Sunday with Anglo-Danish versus Vikings. The release of the second Saga supplement, Northern Fury, interested me in trying out the new factions, but in the end we both opted for playing with warbands we both like and have played before. Craig  choose the Anglo-Danish with Harold Godwinson and brothers as Heroes of the Viking age and Flemish Swords for Hire. I choose a pretty standard Viking warband of Hirdmen and Beserkers as Hearthguard, Bondi as Warriors and Thralls as Levies.


The game was interesting and bloody down to the end when the Anglo-Danish Huscarls surrounded and killed the Viking Warlord and his remaining retainers.  Re-reading the rules after the game I found that Harold does not benefit fron the Side by Side special rule of other Warlords (p.46). Thanks to Craig for another fun game.



Vikings with Hirdmen, Beserkers and Bondi

Viking Warlord with Hirdmen and Thrall archers

View from the Church of the opposing warbands

The Anglo-Danish Huscarls make short work of the Viking Thralls

The Flemish Swords for Hire are tough nuts to crack

The Anglo-Danish Ceorls take on the Viking Beserkers


The remaining Viking Hirdmen and Anglo-Danish Huscarls watch & wait warily

The Anglo-Danish Huscarls surround and kill the Viking Warlord and his retainers

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Antiochus III and Later Seleucids


Antiochus III - Relic Miniatures





Here are a few photos of Antiochus III and Later Seleucid troops, including Agema, cataphracts and an armoured elephant. The figures are Old Glory except for Antiochus who is made by Relic Miniatures. I need  to repaint the bases on all of these figures to give them a proper sandy, desert look.The standards are from Seleucid coins.



Seleucid Agema - Old Glory


Seleucid Cataphracts - Old Glory

Armoured Seleucid Elephant - Old Glory

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Persian Sparabara and Archers







Here are some photos of Early Achaemenid Persian sparabara and archers. The figures are from the plastic Persian infantry set by Wargames Factory which can be used to make either Early or Late Achaemenid Persian infantry. They paint up suprisingly well, are a bit fiddly to put together but nevertheless are quite nice figures. The Persian cavalry set are if anything even better and I'm painting some at the moment and will post photos in due course. Warlord Games are bringing out plastic Persian infantry at some stage and I can't wait for these! Their Macedonian phalangites are the best plastic ancient set produced to date in my opinion.

While painting the Persians, instead of using my usual Army Painter Quickshade Strong Tone which is petroleum based, very stinky and takes at least overnight to dry, I tried out the new acrylic Army Painter Quickshade Strong Tone ink which does the same thing but comes in a 18ml bottle for $5 but dries in five minutes. The results were good and anything that speeds up painting units is a real plus. Army Painter also make acrylic ink versions of Soft Tone and Dark Tone.

Yesterday in the mail I got my pre-order of Northern Fury, the new Saga supplement. It looks really good with an excellent free Scottish Warlord. I've read the whole supplement (it is only tweny one pages) and it has great photos and four new battle boards for each faction. I also ordered the new Scottish dice which are very nice with Pictish symbols. The Wooden Oaths multi-player scenario sounds like a lot of fun. There is a Saga night on tomorrow night at Good Games in the deep south of Canberra but unfortunately I won't be able to make it.

My blog has had its first April Fools' day birthday so I'd like to thank everyone who has followed, commented or visited over the last year. I hope you all have a great Easter break.