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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Victrix Carthaginian Citizen Spearmen

Here are a few photos of a unit of Carthaginian Citizen Spearmen that I've just finished painting from the Victrix plastic Warriors of Carthage box set. I've opted for overarm poses with thureoi and the transfers are all Victrix as well.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Numidian Cavalry Command

Here are a few photos of some Numidian Cavalry and a Command stand that I've just finished painting. The figures are all by Crusader Miniatures. The circular command base will represent Masinissa in our Command and Colors Ancients participation game of the Battle of Zama at Little Wars Canberra on the 8 November 2015. There is more information about this event, in case you're interested, on the Little Wars Australia website: Little Wars Canberra 2015.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Battle of Cunaxa - Command and Colors Ancients

Artaxerxes' army on the left and Cyrus' army right

View from the River Euphrates end

Artaxerxes' left flank under Tissaphernes

Artaxerxes' centre with scythed chariots

Artaxerxes' right flank and centre

Another shot of Artaxerxes' right flank

Cyrus' rebel forces

Chariots and cavalry attack the Greek Hoplites

Last Sunday Garry, Bern and I met at the Vikings Club for a game of Command and Colors Ancients, playing a scenario for the Battle of Cunaxa. Garry was the Persian king, Artaxerxes, Bern was the satrap, Tissaphernes commanding the left flank and I was the rebel Cyrus in the centre with the 10,000 mercenary Greek Hoplites under Clearchus on my right flank, next to the river Euphrates. The Greek Hoplites weren't particularly effective in our game, unlike in the original battle.

This proved to be an exciting and closely fought affair which went right down to the wire. Cyrus was killed midway in the battle and then Aratxerxes met the same fate himself! After suffering early casualties the rebel side clawed their way back into the game through some fortuitous command cards and lucky dice rolling. In the end Artaxerxes’s side was just pipped at the post with 8 to 7 victory banners. Thanks to Garry and Bern for a cracking game.

Artaxerxes' cavalry on his left flank retreat

Artaxerxes' right flank advances

Light cavalry fight on Cyrus' left flank

Casualties mount on both sides

Artaxerxes' cavalry attack the Greek Hoplites again

Which command card to play?

Victory banners are level pegging

Ataxerxes' infantry on his right flank

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Battle of Castulo - Command and Colors Ancients

Side view with both armies deployed

View of the Roman army

Left flank of the Carthaginians

Roman Hastati retreat

View from the Carthaginian right flank

Mago's flank is bottlenecked by the woods

 Hastati, Velites and Italian cavalry

Last Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club and we played a game of Command and Colors Ancients. The scenario was the Battle of Castulo 211 BC in Spain, where Publius Scipio was defeated and killed in battle, against the combined forces of Hasdrubal Gisgo, Mago and Masinissa. In our game the Romans commanded by Rick fought off the Carthaginians to secure eight to six victory banners and a reversal of the historic result. Masinissa, the future Numidian king, died in the final combat of the game! Thanks to Rick for a fun game.

Just a quick heads up about an event, Little Wars Canberra, being held downstairs at the Vikings Club in Lanyon on Sunday 8 November 2015. Leigh, Ian and some of the guys at the club are organising this and it involves fourteen participation games as well as five traders. Rick and are running a participation game of the Battle of Zama with Command and Colors Ancients, so if you're interested come down and check it out. I'll put up a separate post with all the information on this event shortly.

Roman centre

Celtiberians try to break the bottleneck

Hastati retreat

Romans counter attack

Victrix Roman Triarii

Aventine Roman Triarii