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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Late Romans

As mentioned in my last post here are some photos of Rick's Late Roman DBA army that I took during our Dux Britanniarum game. The figures are all Gripping Beast painted by 'Billy Bones' and the gate is by Grand Manner.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

First Game of Dux Britanniarum

View of the table with Saxons and British deployed near a field



Here are some photos of our first game of Dux Britanniarum which we played last night. Rick commanded the Romano-British using his Late Roman DBA army and I commanded the Saxons. After rolling dice, both forces deployed in the right third of the table twelve inches in from the edge near a ploughed field. We were both new to the Too Fat Lardies rules and Dux Britanniarum, so were consequently pretty slow and bumbling in our efforts. The card activation for command initiative was fine but we were a bit confused about the sequence and purpose of some cards in the playing deck rather than the fate deck. Rereading the rules will no doubt solve this.

The close combat worked well with levies proving to be rubbish but still capable of inflicting damaging kills and shock on warriors or hearth guard. Shock markers or recording it on paper for units is definitely needed. In the end we ran out of time without any decisive results - only a couple of units retired from excess shock sustained in combat. One of the major attraction of these rules for me is the campaign system and the small forces required to play it and we both agreed it would be more fun to fight a raid as part of an overall campaign. Thanks to Rick for a fun game and I'll post some more photos of his Late Roman army shortly.

A ragged Saxon advance

An even more ragged Saxon charge

Romano-British levies charge

Saxons get stuck into the British levies

Side view of the forces

Situation at the end of the game

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Late Romans for Dux Britanniarum

Here are a few photos of some Late Roman figures for a Romano-British force for the new Too Fat Lardies dark age rules, Dux Britanniarum. The figures are a Lord (the free Dux Britaniarum figure with a hard copy bundle pre-order), two nobles and champion (Black Tree Designs) with shield transfers by LBM. I have a large unpainted Late Roman army of Black Tree Designs, Gripping Beast and Westwind so these figures are a start...

Hopefully they will see action in our first Dux Britanniarum game next week. These rules look like a lot of fun and the campaign aspect of the rules, and small forces involved, is particularly appealing. Rick has a very nice Gripping Beast Late Roman DBA army and I'll take some shots of the game and his army. For a really superbly painted version of this figure check Andres Amian's blog:

Monday, 13 August 2012

Delphi - The Sanctuary of Apollo


Siconyian Treasury 

Treasury of Athenians

The Rock of Sibyl

Stoa of Athenians and Temple of Apollo

The Gymnasium

The Tholos in the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia

Restored part of the Tholos

Treasury of Massilia

Doric Treasury
Gods and giants - north frieze of Siphnian Treasury

Greeks and Trojans - east frieze of Siphnian Treasury

Wild Boar metope - Treasury of Sikonyians

6th Century BC ivory figures

Warrior departing in a chariot 

Head probably of Apollo

Kouroi - Cleobis and Biton

Theseus fighting the Minotaur - Athenian Treasury

Inscription of Aemilius Paulus

Frieze depicting the Battle of Pydna 168 BC

The Charioteer

Christian basilica mosaic 5th century AD outside the Museum