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Monday, 21 July 2014

Neo-Assyrians versus Neo-Babylonians




Bern contemplates the Assyrian deployment





The Babylonian rebels advance


Babylonians are determined to overthrow the hated Assyrians


Scythian horse archers


The two armies close to bow range 


Assyrian bow fire drives back the Babylonians


More Assyrian shooting drives back units in the centre


Pressure mounts on the Babylonian left flank and centre


Babylonian centre starts to buckle

Last Sunday Bern, Josh and I met at the Vikings Club in Lanyon, for the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Wargames Club. We played another Hail Caesar game with three divisions a side (400 points), this time it was Neo-Assyrians versus Neo-Babylonians. Josh and I were the Babylonian commanders, while Bern was the sole Assyrian commander, and provided most of the figures we used in our game. Both sides have similar lists but the Assyrians had a slight advantage in the quality of their troops. This was a really interesting game, one of the few Hail Caesar games I’ve played, were shooting proved to be really effective.

The Sab Sharri and Kisir Sharutti on both sides had short range and long range stats of 3 and 3, and the Assyrians launched particularly, withering bow fire against the Babylonians, disrupting their line by forcing many units to take (and fail) ranged fire, break tests. One unit actually broke on a roll of snake eyes and many other were forced to retreat disordered. By the time the two armies closed for the deciding melee in the centre, some standard sized units were already nearly shaken by ranged fire alone. Eventually the Assyrians broke the Babylonian rebel left flank and centre divisions to end the revolt with a brutal and crushing victory. Thanks to Bern and Josh for a fun game.
 
There were three other games played, I’ve included photos of each one of these further on in the post below. Greg and Ian played a Teutoberger Wald scenario from the new Hail Caesar supplement, Germania. Greg has posted photos of this game on his blog: http://landofthelead.blogspot.com.au/. 

John and Roger played a 28mm Russian Civil War game using the Contemptible Little Armies rules by Chris Peers. Lee had a WW 2 Rapid Fire game that featured some very realistic burning houses that were illuminated by LED lights!


Teutoberger Wald game








Russian Civil War game





Bolsheviks advance down the road





Rapid Fire WW 2 game - lovely glow there!








14 comments:

  1. Love those Assyrians! Lots of them, too.

    I feel very guilty every time I see someone with a complete Assyrian army, as 10 years after starting mine I have only completed two units. :-/

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    1. Thanks Simon, most of the figures were Bern's. I've only got a couple of units painted too :). Too many armies not enough time...

      Mike

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    2. Nonetheless great to see an Assyrian army on the table!

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  2. Great looking games - your Biblical games has me wanting to get my Mycenaean/Trojans on the table again for Hail Caesar. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean, you have a fantastic Mycenaean army - I've seen photos. I have early and late Mycenaeans but not many units painted so far...

      Mike

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  3. Very impressive, a game of Biblical proportions!

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    1. Thanks Steve, it was a lot of fun, we plan to have more Biblical games soon.

      Mike

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  4. Very colourful and nice looking Biblical game!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, I really love all the Biblical armies and they're fun to play as well.

      Mike

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  5. Very interesting looking battle. Some close ups would have nice. Would be great if someone new did a full range of NeoBaylonians. Need to get my Assyrians back out soon. Very colourful period.

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  6. Thanks Colin, it was an interesting game. I have some of the Newline Neo-Babylonian range which are nice.

    Mike

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  7. I don't love the Newline sculpts however there are some gems in there. I am sure the Assyrian chariots would paint up great. Some old kingdom Egyptians would however be nice addition.
    Also the Lagash spearmen look nice as do Mari spear. I may send off small order as I have not painted any sine my Hittite spear.

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