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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Battle of Black Dog Hill - Umma versus Lagash




Army of Lagash on the left, army of Umma on the right


Umma's Onager chariots supported by skirmishers


Lagash's chariots


View from the Lagash right flank, Black Dog Hill in the centre


View from the Lagash left flank


On Saturday afternoon Garry and I went over to Bern's place to play a Hail Caesar Sumerian game. The scenario was loosely based on a battle between Umma and Lagash, mentioned in this translated tablet on the Sumerian Shakespeare site:

The city of Umma lost control of the fertile fields of the Guedena to Enannatum.}
Ur-luma, the ruler of Umma, hired foreign countries, {as mercenaries}
and over the levee of the border territory of Ningirsu he crossed.
“The Antasura is mine, I will exploit the prebends(?)!” he said,
{bala, “prebends”, i.e., annual contributions to the state.}
and by the Hill of the Black Dog he brought up his vanguard.

http://sumerianshakespeare.com/70701/83501.html


There are a couple of interesting articles on this site about Sumerian chariots:

http://sumerianshakespeare.com/66701.html

http://sumerianshakespeare.com/84201.html

There is also a history of the hundred year war between Umma and Lagash:

http://sumerianshakespeare.com/70701/72401.html


Despite me leaving one of the armies at home and having to drive back to get the correct storage crate, our game was over fairly quickly. Bern and Garry, as the Umma commanders, were unable to take a trick between them, and were very unlucky with their dice rolls the entire game. I on the other hand, was very lucky with the dice and managed to break four of their units, while only a single unit of mine was shaken. The Black Dog Hill fields were reclaimed by Lagash, for the time being at least. Thanks to Bern and Garry for a fun game. We are planning a Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian game for out next outing at the Vikings Club.




The chariots meet on the Lagash right flank


Umma's chariots, spearmen and Royal Guard are broken

Umma spearmen charge on the Lagash left flank

Umma spearmen in the centre break

Umma's archers & slingers hold Black Dog Hill but the army is broken


A King Parrot on our roof!

18 comments:

  1. Great armies and a decisive victory for you!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, the dice gods were definitely on my side in this game.

      Mike

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  2. I concur with Jonathan, Great Armies, figures and battle. An awesome sight of miniatures love the chariots!

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    1. Thanks Phil, the Sumerians are a lot of fun and easy to paint.

      Mike

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  3. Wonderful looking game and figures. Lovely parrot too!

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  4. Thanks Dean, we get quite a few of these parrots around here in the winter.

    Mike

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  5. Great looking pictures, love these armies, chariots are very impressive...and love this King Parrot too!

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    1. Thanks Phil, you get some great parrots and cockatoos down under.

      Mike

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  6. Always very impressive seeing two armies lined up and facing each other off as in picture one. The dice gods were obviously with you this day.

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  7. Thanks Pat, these Bronze Age games seem to be very quick, helps when you really lucky with the dice.

    Mike

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  8. Great looking game, two beautifully painted armies, good terrain to fight over. Love it!

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  9. Thanks Steve, it was a fun game for me at least. I really like those Canaanites on your blog.

    Mike

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  10. Thanks Christopher, Sumerians are a lot of fun.

    Mike

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  11. Figures and battle looks great. The Eureka and Castaway Arts figures in there look really good and seem to blend in well.
    Great mix of chariots.

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    1. Thanks Colin, it was a fun game but over really quickly, as both Bern and Garry had atrocious dice. We've got a Neo-Assyrian vs Babylonian game in a few weeks.

      I finally got my Northstar Kadesh figures, they look great and I will mix in the Sea People with Foundry and Castaway. NKE I'll have separate units but the BTD figures would mix fine.

      Mike

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  12. The Sea People from Foundry have larger heads etc than NKE so fit well with North Star who are slightly bigger. I at last will be painting some NKE for North Star today so look out on my blog. Cant decide on headdress to keep plain white or stripe as expected view (although may not be correct).
    Never seen a NeoBabylonian v Assyrian so looking forward to it.

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  13. Look forward to seeing your NKE Colin. I did mine a mix there's some photos on this post:
    http://satrapminiatures.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/ramses-ii-and-his-new-kingdom-egyptian.html
    Yes it should be fun, mainly Bern's figures - I still haven't painted many of mine!

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