Thursday, 20 July 2017
Here are some Aventine Samnite cavalry that I've finally finished painting. They are shielded later types from the third century BC, so could be used for the Third Samnite War, 298 to 290 BC. I have some A&A and Crusader Samnite cavalry which I will use for earlier unshielded cavalry of the fourth century BC. The shield transfers are by LBM.
Friday, 14 July 2017
Here are some Late Republican Roman scorpions and crew, we used in our Battle of the Sabis game. The figures are all by Old Glory. I also painted some Foundry legionary reinforcements for an under strength unit. I ran out of the Veni Vedi Vici transfers I used on them but fortunately had some Companion Miniatures shields with a similar wing shield design and you don't really notice them in the back rank anyway.
Monday, 10 July 2017
|Side view of the table|
|Gauls prepare to charge across the River Sabis|
|Roman foragers deployed near the river|
|Gallic warbands on the left flank|
|The Gauls charge and the Romans are forced to give ground|
|Gauls in the centre surge across the river|
|Gallic right flank are slow to get of the mark|
|Gauls pursue on to the hill|
Last Sunday Garry, Bern, Gary and I played a Hail Caesar game, the Battle of the Sabis 57 BC, down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon. We used the scenario in the Age of Caesar supplement (pp. 26 - 30) but modified it to make it a bit more accurate in terms of the numbers and the troop types involved. We reduced the number of legionary units by one per division, increased the Gallic warbands by one per division and added the slingers and Numidian cavalry that Caesar mentions in his account.
We hadn't played a game of Hail Caesar for about 18 months so we were all fairly rusty with the rules. The game turned into a disaster for the Romans, thanks to some poor dice rolling and equally woeful command decisions. Caesar was wounded early on and eventually killed. His central division broke, and while the Roman divisions on the flanks were in tact, the Gauls were clearly victorious.
|Caesar's troops form up in the centre|
|Roman left flank advances|
|Gauls charge in the centre|
|Roman centre charges the Gauls|
|Legionaries on the right flank finally make an appearance|
|Caesar is killed and the centre division broken|
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
|Side view of the Syracusan forces|
|Carthaginian cavalry on the left flank advance|
|Sacred Band, Libyan Spearmen and Carthaginian Spearmen|
Last Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club for a 200 point L'Art de la Guerre (ADLG) game with Syracusans versus Early Carthaginians. Rick commanded the Syracusans and was the defender while I had the Carthaginians and was the attacker. In the end we ran out of time after slogging it out for quite a while. Both sides suffered similar casualties but neither had become demoralised, so it was a draw. All the Syracusan cavalry on their left flank were routed and the Carthaginians had a strong reserve remaining in the centre. Thanks to Rick for another fun game.
|Carthaginian centre from the rear|
|The armies close|
|Carthaginians have a strong reserve in the centre|
|Action on the Carthaginian left flank|
|Slogging it out in the centre|
|Side view of the battle|
|Gaps appear but the game ends as a draw|
Sunday, 2 July 2017
|Greek Hoplites screened by skirmishers|
|Greek cavalry and light infantry|
|Persian cavalry, Sparabara, Immortals and Greek Hoplites|
|Sparabara, Immortals, Hoplites and more Persian cavalry|
It has been pretty quiet on the gaming front lately and apart from a quick, fun game of Travel Battle, I haven't played anything for months. On Sunday afternoon Craig and I had a 150 point, two corps game of L'Art de la Guerre (ADLG) with Greeks versus Early Persians. This was a cracking game where the advantage swung back and forth each turn. The Persian left flank was severely mauled by the Greeks while the Greek left flank suffered equally at the hands of the Persians. In the end a Greek Commander was killed and both armies became demoralised in the same turn, resulting in a bloody hard fought draw. Thanks to Craig for a fun game.
|Immortals in the Persian centre|
|The armies advance|
|Persian cavalry roll up the flank of the Hoplites|
|A Greek Commander is killed|
|Both armies become demoralised in the same turn|
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Here are two Carthaginian Four Horse Chariots which were used by Early Carthaginian armies up to the end of the fourth century or early third century BC. The figures are old Newline Designs figures, now sold by SHQ Miniatures. I have another two of these to paint and while they may not be as much fun as elephants, they're definitely something different to field in an Early Carthaginian army.