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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: 

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!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sad passing of Col (Colin) Jones 1944-2014

My mate Rick has asked me to post this short tribute to his close friend Col Jones, who sadly passed away recently.

Col, Barry and Chris (L to R) playing Wings of War at the club

Col lost his long battle with illness on 3 July 2014 – he was an outstanding and prolific painter of war game figures and regular war-gamer for more than 50 years! He was born in England and served in the British a navy before eventually moving to Australia after meeting his future wife Erica in Perth whilst on shore leave. He also worked for many years for the Australian Government until he retired.

As a figure painter his fantasy figures appeared in White Dwarf magazine and his historical work was always worthy and equal to any of the best painters shown in Wargames Illustrated magazine. Apart from his wicked sense of humour, he was a genuine artist who got better with age and a true gentleman and friend to so many, giving painting tips to anyone freely. His painting started out with oils and progressed to the latest acrylics and his fine work will live long in the collections of these lucky to have bought his painted figures. He will be remembered by all who knew him around the world including customers in the USA

He played most periods of history from Ancients to WW2 and Warhammer fantasy. FOW and Wings of War (Glory) was a late passion too. His non gaming interests included music, his dogs and football - West Ham was his lifelong obsession - he’ll be forever blowing bubbles!

Col will be missed by all who knew him and remembered fondly for his warmth, positive nature and strong giving approach to others in living his life.

His love for his family was a huge part of his life and he is survived by his loving wife Erica and their two sons Craig and Mark.

Farewell and rest in peace.

Ric Mc

Friday, 11 July 2014


Lullubi skirmishers

Lullubi warband

Here are a few photos of Lullubi skirmishers, a small Lullubi war band and a couple of Sumerian and Akkadian command figures. The Lullubi were a group of tribes based in Lulubum, the present day Sharazor plain of the Zagros Mountains in Iran. They were defeated by Sargon the Great of Akkad and his grandson Naram Sin, who erected a famous victory stele, to commemorate their defeat. Lullubi, Gutians and Hurrians probably served in large numbers in the armies of Akkadian kings and later kings of the Third Dynasty of Ur (Stillman & Tallis, Armies of the Ancient Near East 3000 BC to 539 BC p.129). Figures are by Cutting Edge, Eureka and Castaway.

Annubanini, Chief of the Lullubi c. 2200 BC

Sargon the Great of Akkad c. 2330 BC

King Eannatum of Lagash c.2500 BC

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.

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

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

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!