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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Dacian Wars



A Dacian Warband on the rampage





This post is a shameless plug for Craig Woodfield’s forthcoming Hail Caesar supplement on Rome’s Dacian Wars under the Emperor Trajan. Domitian’s Dacian Wars were earlier punitive expeditions in 86-87 AD, while Trajan’s campaigns of conquest against Dacia occurred later in 101-102 AD and 105-106 AD.  The supplement will be available for pre-order on the Warlord site this weekend (23 January 2013) with further details in the next Warlord newsletter but it includes 'rules for playing skirmish games, fighting sieges and using warships, as well as campaign and hobby ideas.'


I have seen a draft of the book and can confirm that it is excellent with the usual Warlord Games high production values, great photos, maps, scenarios, army lists, campaign ideas, historical snippets and entertaining reading! A group of us were involved with Craig in play testing some of the scenarios and earlier posts on this blog cover some of these games, in case anyone is interested:







For further inspiration on this fascinating period of Roman Imperial history check out these links (with detailed images) on Trajan’s Column and Adamclisi – Tropaeum Traiani:




Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The Acropolis






Theatre of Dionysos

Propylaia

The Parthenon




Erectheion

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Temple of Hephaestus

Friendly locals




Another view of the Erectheion


Porch of the Caryatids








Odeon of Herodes Atticus



View of the Acropolis from the west


Ancient Agora


Church of the Holy Apostles - Byzantine church, 10th century





Stoa of Attalos


Ostraka from the Agora Museum



West end of the Temple of Hephaestus


Temple of Olympian Zeus





View of the Acropolis from the Temple of Olympian Zeus


Acropolis Museum

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Syrian Wars - Seleucid versus Ptolemaic Successors



 Seleucids move first on the left 

Ptolemaic pike crowd the table 

A Galatian warband lingers on the hill

Ptolemaic cavalry surge forward

Seleucid cavalry line up a charge

Cavalry on the right flank


Both sides close


On Sunday Garry, Gary, Josh and I played a four hundred point, two division a side game of Hail Caesar at the Vikings Club. It was a Syrian Wars scenario with the Seleucids led by Antiochus III (myself) fighting the Ptolemaic Successors of Ptolemy IV (Garry). Here are a few photos of the game I took while playing.



Generals join the cavalry stoush

Push of the pike on the left

Victorious Ptolemaic cavalry make a sweeping advance

The Ptolemies quickly gained the upper hand on the right flank with Antiochus' division broken after several rounds of combat. However before they could advance to assist the other division, there was a sharp turn in the fortunes of the game with the Seleucids breaking two Ptolemaic phalanxes in quick succession. This meant both sides had a broken division each, so possibly a draw, but the Ptolemies were overall in a stronger position with more units in tact.

Thanks to Garry, Gary and Josh for another fun game.


Left flank slogs it out

Ptolemaic pike and Galatians close

Seleucids break the Ptolemaic pike on the left

Seleucid cavalry who never saw action!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Pike and Elephants



Foundry Pike - DPS Painted











As I mentioned in my last post I recently bought a big batch of second hand painted figures including these DPS painted Foundry pike and HCH painted Republican Roman Elephants (the Romans had sixteen beasts at Magnesia!). These figures have been rebased and although they are not finished yet, I was keen to get some photos of them.

The 1st Corps, Ptotelmaic Machimoi were painted by me and are really nice figures, similar in appearance to the Egyptian Marines of the Early Achaemenid Persian army.


Republican Roman Elephants - HCH Painted





Ptolemaic Machimoi - 1st Corps