Tuesday, 4 August 2015
Ancient Warfare IX.3 and Great War Command and Colours
Last week the latest issue of Ancient Warfare IX.3 - Mighty Rulers of Anatolia: Hittites and their Successors, finally made its way to my mailbox down under. This is a cracking issue with a theme on the Hittite military and is definitely worth getting, if you are at all interested in bronze age warfare:
I found the articles on the Mitannian horse trainer, Kikkuli; the Hittite war machine 1700 -1200 BC; Hittite defensive structures and the Neo-Hittite kingdoms particularly interesting.
Last Wednesday night, Rick and I met at the Vikings club and played our first game of the Great War board game - the latest incarnation of Richard Borg’s brilliant Command and Colours system, by the Plastic Soldier Company. There is a review of this in the latest issue of Wargames Illustrated, so I won’t go into too many details but suffice to say we both really enjoyed it, though we ran out of time and the game ended in a draw, as we were both reluctant to go over the top! I took a photo of our game, the first introductory scenario, with my iPhone which I’ve posted above.
The Plastic Soldier Company figures are very nice, detailed true 15mm, so I will have a crack at painting these at some stage. The only complaint I have with these figures, shared by many others, is the British infantry are attached by the bayonet to the sprue and with the brittle plastic used it is almost impossible to remove them without a few breakages. The game itself played really well and there are some very helpful cheat sheets and various threads on the Board Game Geek forum that explain in detail how the rules work.