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Friday, 30 October 2015

Carthaginian Elephants

1st Corps Untrained Elephants

Gripping Beast left and Wargames Foundry right

Here are photos of some Carthaginian elephants, five of which I've just finished painting for our Command and Colors Ancients participation game of the Battle of Zama next weekend. This at the first Little Wars Canberra event on Sunday 8 November at the Vikings Club in Lanyon. More information about the event is on the Little Wars website: Hopefully there will be a good turn out for it!

The first pair of ellies are the massive resin beasts from 1st Corps which represent untrained African Forest Elephants (Loxodonta Africana cyclotis) but are a bit over the top in terms of size. The second set are by Gripping Beast and Wargames Foundry and are both really nice figures and crew. The Gripping Beast ellie is resin and a much better size and my favourite Carthaginian elephant model. The final pair are a small Relic Miniatures ellie with Hannibal on the back and another Gripping Beast model. 

Relic Miniatures left and Gripping Beast right

Group shot

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Carthaginian Command, Cavalry and more Numidians

Here are some A&A Miniatures Carthaginian Command and Cavalry and another unit of Crusader Miniatures Numidian Light Cavalry that I've just finished painting. These figures will feature in our Command & Colors Ancients participation game of the Battle of Zama at Little Wars Canberra on 8 November 2015 at the Vikings Club in Lanyon. This is coming up fast and is less than two weeks away.

If you live in the Canberra region, Little Wars Canberra, is similar to (but smaller) than the Little Wars events held in Adelaide and Melbourne. It is worth checking out, it should a fun single day event, with thirteen participation games and several traders, including Eureka Miniatures and War and Peace Games. More information about it can be found here:

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Spartacus Slave Revolt versus Late Republican Romans

Spartacus' army deployed

The Great Man himself 

Crixus the other divisional commander

Slave camp followers misbehaving

The armies advance

Last Wednesday night I met Alan down at the Vikings Club Lanyon for a two division, 330 point Hail Caesar game. Here are a few photos of our game. Alan fielded a Spartacus Slave Revolt army in their first outing ever, against my Late Republican Romans. His best units of gladiators/trained slaves and Gallic and German slave warbands quickly broke the Roman right flank and it was all downhill for the Romans from there.

Half of the Roman legionaries were raw recruits with the freshly raised rules but these didn't actually perform too badly and outshone some of their more experienced companions. In the end it was another day of shame and ignominy for the Romans, fleeing for the hills, while Spartacus' slaves celebrated a temporary reprieve from crucifixion! Thanks to Alan for an interesting game.

The Roman right flank engages

Side view of the armies

The Roman right flank quickly crumbles

The Romans have their backs to the wall

The Roman right flank flees the field

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Early Carthaginians versus Syracusans

View of the table - Carthaginians left, Syracusans right

Opposite end

Numidians skirmish with Syracusan cavalry

Cavalry clash on the right flank

The battle begins

Carthaginians suffer a sweeping advance onto the flank

Last Sunday Garry, Bern, Craig and I met at the Vikings Club in Lanyon and we played a three division, 510 point Hail Caesar game, with Early Carthaginians versus Syracusans. Craig and I commanded the Carthaginians while Garry and Bern were the Syracusans. Here are a few photos of the game. In the end the it came down to the final turn. The Syracusans finally managed to break two Carthaginian divisions but had one broken division themselves and were close to breaking with a second division. Thanks to Garry, Bern and Craig for a fun, close game.

Syracusan infantry on Carthaginian right flank

Gauls and Syracusans fight on Carthaginian left flank

Syracusan centre division

Centre and right flank close

Action on Carthaginian left flank

Syracusan Hoplites

Syracusan centre division is broken

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Borodino (Utitza) 7 September 1812 - Command and Colors Napoleonics

View of the table from the French side

Side view 

The French advance on Utitza

Last Wednesday night Rick and I met at the Vikings Club in Lanyon for a game of Command and Colors Napoleonics. The scenario was part of the Battle of Borodino centred on the defence of the village of Utitza on 7 September 1812. We used Rick's 6mm French and Russians which we're Bacchus figures painted by Reinforcements by Post. Unfortunately most of the photos didn't turn as I forgot to readjust the settings on my camera but a few were OK. In the end we ran out of time with the French on the verge of victory and the Russians grimly hanging on defending the village of Utitza. Thanks to Rick for a fun game with his lovely 6mm armies.

Fighting near the village escalates

The French suffer heavy casualties

Monday, 5 October 2015

Numidian Cavalry

Here are a few photos of some more Numidian Cavalry that I've just finished painting for our Zama game in November. I use cavalry units of six for Command and Colors Ancients and these are also small units in Hail Caesar with the same number of figures. The figures are all Gripping Beast with a mix of LBM and hand painted shields. I was unable to remove the plastic sheeting on some of the transfers - very frustrating and ended up just painting the remaining shields instead.