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Thursday, 17 August 2017

War of the Roses Lion Rampant Game

Lancastrian forces deployed near the bridge

View of the table with both sides deployed

Yorkist attackers

Yorkists advance towards the bridge

Lancastrian billmen and longbowmen advance

Last Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the club for a War of the Roses Lion Rampant Game. We had identical 24 point foot forces and the objective in the scenario was to secure and hold the bridge. I commanded the Yorkist forces - the attackers in the game, and Rick had the Lancastrian defenders. The Yorkist men-at-arms and serjeants advanced enthusiastically onto the bridge while their longbowmen showed little enthusiasm for movement or action of any kind.

The Lancastrian longbowmen and billmen were forced to retreat battered from combat but the Yorkists suffered heavy casualties themselves. The Lancastrian longbowmen were able to rally and then inflicted withering fire on the Yorkist men-at-arms and serjeants which led to both units routing. The game finished with an archery duel between the longbowmen which the Yorkists lost. Thanks to Rick for a fun game.

Yorkists cross the bridge

Yorkist men-at-arms attack Lancastrian longbowmen

Lancastrian billmen and longbowmen are battered and retreating

Yorkists become battered and retreat

Yorkists lose the archery duel

Monday, 14 August 2017

Antigonid Successors vs Hellenistic Greeks - ADLG Game

View of the table from the Antigonid line

View from the Greek line

Antigonid left flank

Argyraspides and Chalkaspides in the Antigonid centre

Antigonid right flank advances

Antigonid centre tries to delay the inevitable

Last Sunday Garry, Craig and I met down at Vikings Club in Lanyon for the Capital Region Wargames Group's monthly meeting. We played a 200 point ADLG game with Antigonid Successors versus Hellenistic Greeks. Garry commanded the Greeks and had chosen a phalangite heavy army with 11 pike units compared to 5 Antigonid pike units! I'd made a bad choice in my army selection with more thureophoroi and romphaia armed Thracians on a narrow table.

We tried to refuse the centre and attack on the flanks but this only delayed the inevitable slaughter and the game was all over by lunch time. Three out of six commanders (two Antigonid) were killed but I did get to give my new Victrix Successor heavy cavalry a run and they performed creditably enough. Newly painted troops are always a dicey proposition, in games in my experience!

Antigonid left flank advances

Antigonid heavy cavalry charge

Action on the Antigonid right flank

Antigonid centre about to be smashed

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Numidian Command

Here are a few photos of two Numidian command stands for my Numidian army. The figures are A&A and Warlord with the later featuring their King Juba figure. I have quite a few Numidian cavalry units painted but have only just started working on the infantry and elephants, which are a mix of Crusader and Renegade Miniatures.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Victrix Successor Heavy Cavalry

Here are a few photos of the new Victrix Macedonian Greek Successor Heavy Cavalry plastic set. I have assembled and painted them as shielded later Successor Heavy Cavalry as I already have heaps of painted Foundry Companion units. In the set you get twelve superbly detailed and animated riders and horses, that are easy to assemble and paint. There are four sprues of three basic torsos and horses with many arm, head, weapon, shield and cloak options. Four of the horses have a lion skin pelt and all of the torsos have muscled cuirass armour with pteruges.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Battle of Crimissos River 341 BC - Command and Colors Ancients

Carthaginians deployed on both sides of the Crimissos River

View from the Syracusan lines

Carthaginian Four Horse Chariot

Carthaginian Sacred Band, Libyan Spearmen and Javelinmen

Syracusans attack the Sacred Band

Last Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon, for a Command and Colors Ancients game, playing the scenario for the Battle of Crimissos River 341 BC. The scenario begins as the Carthaginians are caught in disarray crossing the Crimissos River by the smaller Syracusan and Greek mercenary force. In our game, luckily for the Carthaginians, a double time card was played, which enabled, most of the Carthaginian infantry to reach the river in the first turn.

The Syracusans didn't have much luck in this game and an attack on the Sacred Band destroyed a Hoplite unit and forced a Peltast unit to retreat. However the Syracusans were able to fight back and managed to destroy both the Sacred Band and a Carthaginian Heavy Chariot unit. Casualties mounted in the centre and eventually most of the Syracusan Hoplites were destroyed and, Timoleon, their general was killed. A desperate final charge by the Syracusan Greek cavalry nearly finished of the remaining Carthaginian Spearmen unit. Thanks to some lucky dice and cards the Carthaginians won fairly easily with 5 to 2 victory banners. Thanks to Rick for another fun game.

Sacred Band destroy Hoplites and force Peltasts to retreat

Side view of the table

The battle is decided in the centre

Syracusan Hoplites are destroyed and Timoleon killed

Celt Warriors attack the Syracusan right flank

Syracusan Greek cavalry try a desperate final charge

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Aventine Samnite Cavalry

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.