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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Unarmoured Macedonian/Successor Pike

Here are a few photos of a unit of unarmoured Macedonian or Successor pike that I have just finished painting. The figures are mainly Crusader with a few Foundry in the front rank for variety and the shield transfers are by LBM. These chaps will feature in our Battle of Gabiene, Command and Colors Ancients participation game at Little Wars Canberra, at the Vikings Club Lanyon on Sunday 6 November. Rick, Garry and I will be running this, so if you want to play or just drop in for a chat this is a great, fun, friendly, low key event, if you are in the area. Information about it can be found on the Little Wars website:

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Camillan Romans versus Later Etruscans

View from the Roman lines

Etruscan left flank

Etruscan right flank

Cavalry and skirmishers close on the Roman right flank

Last Wednesday night down at the Vikings Club, Garry and I played a 100 point L'Art de la Guerre (ADLG) game with his lovely Etruscans versus my Camillan Romans. Here are a few photos of our game. It was a quiet night at the club, the miserable wet, winter weather no doubt contributed to this,  and only one other game, a Brother versus Brother, French Indian War game, was played.

It was Garry's first game of ADLG but the Romans were soon in trouble on both flanks with their cavalry units routed. The Etruscans with superior numbers were able to roll up the flanks. The Romans countered with Latin ally reserves and the Roman commander even managed to rally two units in one turn. However it was a familiar tale of too little, too late and once the Triarii routed, the Roman army became demoralised and it was curtains. Thanks to Garry for a fun game.

Etruscan cavalry gain support in combat

Romans line up a charge on the Etruscans

Main combat with Romans in trouble on both flanks

Etruscans repulse the attack and Romans are demoralised

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Indian Cavalry

Above are a few photos of an Indian cavalry unit I've just finished painting. The figures are by Old Glory. I may replace the shields at some stage with bell shaped shields from 1st Corps Miniatures. All my other 28mm cavalry are 1st Corps figures. Indian cavalry were low status troops but can still guard a flank! I have a 15mm Xyston Indian army as well, neither the 28mm or 15mm armies are anywhere near complete...

We have just got back from a holiday, bushwalking and camping in northern NSW, so I thought I'd include a few pics with this post.

Little Dandahra Creek, Gibraltar Range National Park

A dead gecko on the track

Dandahra Crags, Gibraltar Range National Park

A boulder below The Haystack, Washpool National Park

The Needles, Gibraltar Range National Park

A female Satin Bowerbird

Pandanus Palms, Woody Head

Fruit of the Pandanus

Angourie Walk, Yuraygir National Park

Petrified tree stumps, Plumbago Beach, Yuraygir

View south from Dirrigan Lookout, Yuraygir

A small snake warming itself in the winter sun

Ebor Falls

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Republican Romans versus Spanish - ADLG Game

Romans on the left, Spanish on the right

View from the opposite end

Armies advance

Spanish cavalry charge the Roman and Italian cavalry

Skirmishers exchange fire

Last Sunday afternoon Craig came over to my place and we played another 100 point ADLG game, this time between Republican Romans and Ancient Spanish. Here are a few photos of our game. This was quite a fun, close game, the Roman commander was killed in a melee and while the Spanish became demoralised the Romans weren't far from it themselves. The 100 point reduced format of the game is good for a quick game and painting new armies this size (14 units a side) is very achievable target in a short time.

Spanish light cavalry

Show a good turn of speed retreating

Roman cavalry charge the Celtiberian Scutarii in the flank

The infantry close

Spanish become demoralised and rout