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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Saga in the Great Hall



Two four point Viking warbands in the Great Hall

Craig's Warlord & Hearthguard

Another Hearthguard unit

Warriors watch the Hearthguard fighting 

Fighting in the main hall

Warriors attack the remaining Hearthguard

My Warlord occupies the throne for now!


Here's my last post for 2014 and best wishes to everyone for 2015!

Last Monday night Craig came over to my place and we played a game of Saga with his newly assembled 4 Ground Great Hall. This is a serious bit of kit which looks pretty amazing and only retails for $480 in Australia! Craig said there are fifteen pages of instructions and that the ground floor took about ten hours to assemble. He still has the loft to do.

The scenario we used fighting in the Great Hall was a lot of fun and very quick with all units starting with an automatic fatigue each - obviously too much feasting and drinking! Movement was by room and a maximum of eight figures per side could fit\fight in each room.

On Tuesday my mate Rick came over and we played a game of Jugula with the Familia One and Two sets, there are a few photos below. Thanks to Craig and Rick for some fun games to finish off the year.



Familia set two

Familia set one

Provocator and Hoplomachus fight


My Provocator and Saggitarius bite the dust!

Friday, 26 December 2014

Amorite Kingdoms - Ba'irum











Here are a few photos of a unit of Ba'irum for an Amorite Kingdoms army from the time of Hammurabi (1792 - 1750 BC). These are all Cutting Edge Miniatures figures available from Warlord Games. Some figures in the first two ranks have put away their bows and are getting ready to get stuck in with their bronze two handed axes!

The Ba'irum were 'an interesting troop-type, which appears to have been considered essential to take on campaign (Shamsi-Adad once reprimanded Yasmakh-Adad for neglecting to mobilise them)...The term is derived from the word meaning 'to hunt' (like the Napoleonic 'chasseur' and 'jaeger'), and their principle weapon was an axe.' Nigel Stillman and Nigel Tallis, Armies of the Ancient Near East 3000 BC to 539 BC, p.21.








Saturday, 20 December 2014

More Gladiators for Jugula



Familia Set Two


Scissor



Here are four more 35mm Gripping Beast gladiators for Jugula, from their Familia Set Two. They are left to right, a Scissor, Dimachaerius, Sagittarius and Provocator. These are great figures to collect and paint. I have quite a few 28mm gladiators but the slightly bigger figures are pretty cool and work really well playing Jugula. I have three sets of four figures in 35mm and will probably get more of these when they release the next sets.

I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Xmas and happy gaming, painting and blogging for 2015!



Dimachaerius


Sagittarius


Provocator

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Early Successors - Eumenes versus Antigonus One-Eyed



Antigonus' army on the left, Eumenes on the right


View from the other end



Persian Colonist Cavalry



Persian Satrapal Commander


Both armies advance cautiously


On Sunday Garry and I played our last game of the year at the Vikings Club. It was an Early Successor Hail Caesar game with two divisions and five hundred points a side. Garry was Eumenes while I was old Antigonus One-Eyed, fighting with fairly similar armies but Garry had the advantage in cavalry while I had more pike. After a cautious start the cavalry on both flanks charged and Antigonus' elephants charged Eumenes' elephant guard. The fight on the right flank proved decisive  and eventually Eumenes' division here broke after some unlucky dice rolling. Thanks to Garry for a fun game.


Antigonus' Companions on the right flank contemplate a charge


Cavalry action on the left flank


Side view of both armies in action


Eumenes' left flank breaks