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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Palestinian Clubmen

Here are a few photos of a unit of Palestinian Clubmen for my Middle Imperial Roman army. I painted up the front rankers ages ago but have finally gotten around to bringing it up to strength with  two more ranks. Figures are by A&A Miniatures.

I'd like to wish everyone Merry Xmas and happy gaming, painting and blogging for 2016!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Mithradatic Pontic versus Marian Romans

View of the table

Garry's WRG 5th Edition army name plate!

Both sides advance

Gallic cavalry on the Roman right flank give ground

Gallic and Numidian cavalry on the Roman left flank break

Here are a few photos of a Mithradatic Pontic versus Marian Romans Hail Caesar game, Garry and I played at my place last Wednesday. The Pontics maintained their undefeated record (three nil) against the Romans. It was a fairly one sided affair with the Roman cavalry on both flanks breaking and then the Roman division on the left flank following suit. Garry chose a later Pontic army with good cavalry and imitation legionary heavy infantry and these proved to be more than match for their late Republican Roman opponents.

Close up shot

Pontic Guard Heavy Cavalry are victorious

Pontics perform the old pincer move on a legionary unit

Cretan archers evade Pontic light cavalry

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Lion Rampant - Crusaders vs Saracens - The Convoy

The Saracen convoy deployed  in the village

View of the table with Bern's Crusader retinue in the foreground

My Crusader retinue

Crusader Mounted Men-at-Arms attack Saracen foot

Seljuk horse archers

More horse archers

Last Sunday Craig, Bern and I met at the Vikings Club in Lanyon for a game of Lion Rampant. The scenario was the convoy - Craig commanded two 24 point retinues of Saracens (combined Egyptian and Seljuk retinues), and attempted to escort his baggage camels from a village, off to the opposite edge of the board. Bern and I had 24 point retinues of Crusaders each and our aim was to prevent this.

The convoy got off to a good start but eventually the Crusader Men-at Arms advanced and were able to make wild charges into the Saracens. In the end the Crusaders captured two of the three baggage camels and routed one Saracen retinue but suffered heavy casualties themselves. This was a tough scenario for the Saracens to win as at best they had Mounted Serjeants, Fierce Foot and Foot Yeomen fighting the Crusader Men-at Arms. Thanks to Craig and Bern for a fun game.

Both sides take heavy casualties

Saracen convoy advances

Bern's Crusaders advance into action

Saracen/Egyptian foot with baggage camels

Bern's Men-at Arms make another Wild Charge

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Late Romans

Here are a few photos of a foot unit I've just finished painting for my Late Roman army. The figures are by Crusader Miniatures. The LBM shield designs for these fellows are of the Petulantes Seniores an Auxilia Palatina unit. See Luke Ueda-Sarson's excellent website on the Notitia Diginatum for more information on this unit:

Yesterday Sam Mustafa's ancient rules Aurelian was released and I bought and downloaded a copy (pdf only). These look really interesting and focus on the crisis of the Roman Empire in third century AD. I haven't finished reading them yet but they are card driven and may well inspire me too get cracking on my Middle Imperial Roman and Sassanid armies!

Recently I've been reading  Pat Southern and Karen Dixon's book on The Late Roman Army which I'd highly recommend. I also received in the mail yesterday copies of Mary Beard and Tom Holland's respective new books SPQR and Dynasty: the Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar. There is no shortage of reading for the summer here!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Republican Roman Velites

Here are two small units of Republican Roman Velites that I've finished recently. They are a mix of figures - Aventine, Crusader and Renegade. I've just started basing my skirmishers two to a 40mm base as this eliminates the need for movement trays with individually based figures, it looks good  and woks well with unit sizes that I use for Hail Caesar and Command and Colors Ancients.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Victrix Libyan Spearmen

Here is a unit of Victix Libyan Spearmen that I've just finished painting and basing. These chaps made an appearance in our Command and Colors Ancients game of the Battle of Zama last weekend but the bases weren't quite finished. I picked up some cheap ($20 a box) Warlord Caesarian legionaries from Alan last weekend at Little Wars and transfers from War and Peace games which actually cost more than the figures, so these will probably be up next.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Little Wars Canberra - Command & Colors Ancients - Battle of Zama

View of the table - Romans L, Carthaginians R

Opposite end

Hannibal's elephants

Hannibal leads his Veterans

Carthaginian right flank

Carthaginian left flank

Last Sunday the first Little Wars Canberra event was held at the Vikings Club in Lanyon and a fun time was had by all. While it was busier in the morning than in the afternoon, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves either playing games or spending their hard earned cash on figures, rules, paint, terrain or other modelling supplies. Thanks to Leigh, Ian, Greg and all the other guys at the club who organised it all.

Rick and I ran a Command and Colors Ancients game of the Battle of Zama. Gary, Chris and Michael were the Roman commanders and Garry and Michael were the Carthaginian commanders. For much of the game it was fairly level pegging but in the end the Romans won by eight victory banners to five. Thanks to everyone for playing. The photos of our game are followed by photos of some of the other games as well.

Masinissa's Numidian cavalry on the Roman right flank

Numidians advance

Numidians charge

Numidian are forced to retreat

Velites attack the elephants 

Numidians regroup

End of game 

Here are a few photos that I took of some of the other games at Little Wars Canberra.

54mm Napoleonic game 

15mm Black Powder game

28mm ACW game

Alan's Ned Kelly at the Glenrowan Hotel game

Craig's Ronin game with Bern taking it easy

28mm Muskets and Tomahawks

6mm game with Kallistra terrain