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Monday, 31 August 2015

Macedonian Prodromoi









Here are a few photos of a small unit of Macedonian Prodromoi I've just finished painting. These are new figures by Crusader Miniatures just recently released. The photo in the back drop was taken of the hill behind Mycenae in Greece.






Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Taxing Afternoon on the First Crusade - A Lion Rampant Game




View of the table from the Crusaders edge


Seljuk Mounted Serjeants and Mounted Yeomen


Archers and Mounted Serjeants


Foot Yeoman


Close up of Seljuk Mounted Serjeants


Last Sunday Craig came over to my place and we played a game of Lion Rampant with me using my Normans as a Crusader force of the First Crusade and Craig using his Seljuk Turks. Here are a few photos of our game. We diced for scenarios and came up with A Taxing Afternoon where both sides collect tax tokens and then fight over them! The Seljuks quickly gained the upper hand and dispensed with the Crusader Mounted Serjeants and then unleashed some withering volleys of bow fire.

The Crusader Men-at-Arms eventually lumbered into action and launched some punishing Wild Charges on the Seljuk Mounted Serjeants and Yeomen. They managed to wipe out both units but became battered themselves and then failed to rally. In the end the game petered out to a draw with equal glory points but the Seljuks had an extra unit while the Crusaders were down to only two units with Foot Serjeants and Crossbowmen. Thanks to Craig for a fun game.



The Crusaders lumber into action


After collecting tax tokens both sides face off


Crusader Mounted Serjeants are battered


Crusader Mounted Men-at-Arms launch Wild Charges


The game ends in a draw but the Seljuk have an extra unit

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Spanish Scutarii










Here are a few photos of a unit of Spanish Scutarii I've finally finished painting. The figures are a mix of Crusader Miniatures and Gripping Beast. Hopefully these chaps will receive reinforcements shortly with the release of the Victrix Spanish box set!






Monday, 10 August 2015

Battle of Watling Street




View of the table

Opposite end

The Iceni and Romans on the hill

The Iceni and Trinovantes surge forward

Approaching the River Anker

Roman Scorpios and auxilliary cavalry are early casualties


The Roman right flank is threatened


Auxilia to the rescue



Last Sunday Garry, Bern, Gary, Craig and I met at the Vikings Club for a Hail Caesar refight of the Battle of Watling Street. The scenario we used was pretty much the one described in the Britannia supplement (pp. 54-57 ) but the Romans had two divisions, while the Britons had four. Garry was Boudicea and commanded two divisions of the Iceni and allies, while Bern and Gary had a division each of the Trinovantes and allies. Craig was the Roman general, Suetonius Paulinus, and I was the other Roman divisional commander, dubbed Perfidius Maximus.

The only slight modification we made to the standard Ancient Briton army list was a reduction of the Wild Fighters rule to one re-roll on the first turn of combat rather than up to three. This reflected the debilitating effect of Romanisation on the Britunculi and the fact that the Boudiccan army was nearly a rabble by this stage of the revolt. The game proved to be hard fought and protracted with the Britons launching repeated charges on the Roman forces ensconced on the hill.

The River Anker while completely fordable, did disrupt the coordination of their attacks, as it counted as a linear obstacle, making it difficult to charge with supporting units. The Romans managed to hold firm repelling all attacks, though on more than one occasion it looked as if it was curtains! In the end the Romans just managed to sneak home, breaking three divisions, but the Britons didn’t have much luck and came very close to breaking both Roman divisions. Thanks to Garry, Bern, Gary and Craig for another fun game.



Boudicea urges on her Iceni tribesmen

The Iceni launch a frenzied charge

A Trinovantes warband fearlessly charges uphill

The Roman line holds firm

An auxilia unit repels a cavalry charge

The Britons launch another wave of attacks

The Iceni divisions break

The Romans finally charge off the hill to claim victory

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:

 http://www.karwansaraypublishers.com/pw/ancient-warfare/latest-issue/

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.