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Saturday, 26 October 2013

More Sumerians - Spearmen of Ur

Here are a few photos of another unit of Sumerian spearmen from the city of Ur. Figures are by Cutting Edge, Foundry and Castaway Arts. I have another unit of these, all Cutting Edge figures, on the painting table at the moment but also have a few other projects on the go. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago has a website with a short gallery slideshow of the archaeological site of ancient Ur:

Friday, 18 October 2013

Early Imperial Roman Signifer

Here are a few photos of an Early Imperial Roman Signifer, a Series 77 figure (77mm?) that I've had for years, bought back in the mists of time, circa late seventies or early eighties. It has only taken me thirty odd years to get around to painting it! The Signifer is similar to illustrations that I've seen of a late first century AD, Signifer from the Legio XIIII Gemina Martia Victrix, but without a full-face helmet and bearskin pelt.

After posting these photos of this Series 77 Signifer, I came across a Series 77 website. It has photos of some of their great ranges and a history of the company, fascinating stuff for collectors of large scale figures:

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Battle of Mill Springs

Union forces advance

Union cavalry finally arrives to support the artillery

Confederate regiments blunder to the right

Fire fight begins on the Union right

On Sunday Craig, Gary, Josh and I met at the Vikings Club for the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Wargames Club. We played an American Civil War game of Black Powder based on a scenario of the Battle of Mill Springs with Craig's lovely armies. The Battle of Mill Springs also known as the Battle of Fishing Creek and the Battle of Logan's Cross was fought in 1862 in Wayne and Pulaski counties in Kentucky. George H Thomas commanded the Union forces of 4,400 against a Confederate force of 5,900 under George B Crittenden.

The game was a lot of fun, pretty fast and furious, with plenty of failed brigade orders and blunders. In the end both Union brigades on the left and right were broken and retreating but the central Union brigade remained unscathed and holding the field. The Confederate brigade on the right was also broken and retreating but on the left flank the only other Confederate brigade managed to hold firm but was close to breaking. Thanks to Craig, Gary and Josh for a very enjoyable Sunday's gaming.

Reb skirmishers enfilade a green Union regiment

Action on the Union left flank

Union cavalry contemplate a charge

The fire fight goes badly for the Union forces

Union brigade on the right is broken and retreats

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Steppe Tribes

Here are some photos of my Steppe Tribes, Warlord and Hearthguard for Saga. The figures are from the lovely Gripping Beast Hun range but can be used as various Steppe Tribes or Nomads, including Cumans, Pechengs, Tartars, Sabirs, Avars, Khazars, Bulgars and Seljuks, amongst others. I have a Foundry Hun army to paint, so these figures will be doubly useful to mix in with those figures, to give a bit of variety to the units.

The Steppe Tribes battleboard and faction rules are in Wargames Illustrated Issue 311. I've only played one game with them so far but they seemed to work quite well. Rather strangely the composite bow which only Warlord, Hearthguard and Warriors may have, works like javelins with same range, while levies who are only armed with self bows actually out range them and have some useful shooting abilities on the battle board. I have always liked 'shooty armies', Persians being one of my favourites, so the Steppe Tribes should be a lot of fun to game with.