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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Shapinuwa and Çorum Museum

View of Ortakoy


Building A Shapinuwa

Another view of Building A

Cobblestone paving Building A

Following on from previous posts on Hatussa and Alca Höyük, here are some more photos from our trip to Turkey last year. Shapinuwa was an important Hittite military and religious centre and is located about 3km south west of modern Ortakoy in central Anatolia.  It was only discovered relatively recently and excavations commenced there in 1990, with over 4,000 cuneiform tablets discovered to date. Çorum museum is the main museum in the district and has finds from Boğazkale (Hattusa), Alca Höyük as well as many other areas.

If you’re at all interested in visiting Hittite sites and museums in Turkey, a really great guide book to have is Anatolia: On the Trail of the Hittite Civilization, edited by Nurhayat Yazici, text and photos by Ali Kiliçkaya and Erdal Yazic, published by Uranus  - This book has heaps of information, maps, illustrations and colour photos and is highly recommended, it definitely brings these amazing sites to life. 

Storage jars in Building B

Another view of the cobblestone paving Building A
Shaft grave display Corum Museum

Huseyinde Vase Corum Museum

Beaked jug

Relief of King Tudhaliya

Bronze axe heads and cloak pins

Seal of Muwattalli II

Seal of Hattusili II Pudutepa

Clay cuneiform tablet & bronze stylus

Stone mace head

Stone axe head

Bull headed pottery

Goat headed pottery

Bronze spearheads, arrowheads & shield boss

Painted zebra on pottery

Gold coin of Alexander the Great

Model Hittite fort

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Satrapal Revolt - Paphlagonia vs Kappodokia

Mithridates's  Kardakes - Battlestandard

Guard Heavy Cavalry - Battlestandard and Essex

View of the table

Paphlagonian Division

Last Wednesday night Garry (Mithridates), Ian and I had a Late Achaemenid Persian Satrapal Revolt game, with the satrapies of Paphlagonia (Garry and Ian) fighting those of Kappadokia (me). We used the Hail Caesar rules with two divisions a side and 300 points based on the Late Achaemenid Persian list with a few modifications of our own to give the game balance and a local satrapal flavour. I was going to post the lists we used here with the photos but couldn't fit them in my blogger template.

Satrapal Revolts were common place during the Achaemenid Persian Empire and make for interesting scenarios and possibilities. It is also nice for a change when you're sick of your Persians getting beaten by Greeks and Macedonians all the time. The game was an interesting affair with significant casualties on both sides before the Paphlagonians finally broke my Kappadokian division. A much anticipated flank charge on the Kardakes in the final turn turn out to be a fizzer with no casualties on both sides. Thanks to Garry and Ian for another fun game.

Kardakes screened by skirmishers
Greek Mercenary Hoplites and Polemarch

Thracian Peltasts and Hoplites

Archers, Scythed Chariots and Guard Cavalry

Cavalry action on the left flank

Paphlagonian infantry

Scythed Chariots make mincemeat of Kappadokian Guard Cavalry

On the right flank the Victrix Hoplites get their first taste of action

Infantry get stuck in the centre

More cavalry action on the left

Infantry in the centre again

Kappadokian Medium Cavalry are driven back then broken

Hoplites slog it out on the right flank

Much anticipated flank charge on the Kardakes fizzes out

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Saga at Good Games

Blair's Anglo-Danish game one

Anglo-Danish warriors

Dan's Vikings game one

Craig's Normans and Dan's Vikings game one

Craig's Normans game one

Blair's Anglo-Danish hearthguard

Last Sunday Craig organised a Saga mini comp at Good Games, a gaming shop and venue at Conder, in Tuggeranong, south Canberra. Six of us turned up on the day, to play three Saga games with four point armies. There were three Viking warbands, two Norman and one Anglo-Danish. These photos are from the various games. I managed to get photos of everybody's figures, except for Andrew's Vikings, but have included a couple of shots of his beautifully painted Late Roman/Arthurian cavalry by way of recompense. Thanks to Craig and all the players for the fun games of Saga.

Andrew's beautifully painted Late Roman cavalry

A close up shot of the Late Roman cavalry

Another shot of the Late Roman cavalry

Craig's Normans game two

Norman Knights and Warlord

Normans take out a unit of Bondi

Viking warlord surrounded by Normans

Warlords fight to the end
The sole survivor of game two

Viking Warlord in trouble again game three

He survives another attack and fights off the Normans

Norman warlord is finally killed