Thursday, January 10, 2019

Command and Colors Napoleonics - Shevardino Redoubt 1812

View of the table from the Russian side

View from the French side

French advance

Doronino left and buildings of Shevardino right with Shevardino Redoubt centre

French attack Shevardino

Last Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club for the first club game of the New Year. We played a 6mm Command and Colors Napoleonics game with the scenario of Shevardino Redoubt fought on 5 September 1812, part of the Battle of Borodino. Rick commanded the French and I had the Russians. We took a fair while to set up so we reduced the number of victory banners from the usual ten to eight. It was a cracking game with considerable ebb and flow in fortunes from turn to turn but the Shevardino Redoubt proved to be a tough nut to crack. In the end the Russians just managed to pip the French at the post with 8-7 victory banners.

Russians counter attack

French capture Shevardino and Doronino but Shevardino Redoubt holds out

Russians are forced to retreat

Russian left flank has been quiet

French attack 

Russians counter attack and recapture Doronino in the centre

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Goth Cavalry

Here are some unarmoured Goth cavalry that I've just finished painting. Below are some armoured noble cavalry that I painted a while ago. All figures are by Footsore Miniatures with LBM shield transfers. Apart from Visigoths or Ostrogoths I also have quite a few painted Franks/Early Saxon infantry and will use these cavalry as part of the army, they're all Germanic tribes. I do have separate infantry for the Goths but haven't finished any yet apart from some skirmisher units of archers.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Mithridates VI of Pontus

Here's a guest post by Garry of Mithridates VI of Pontus. The Mithridates figure is by Relic Miniatures and he is accompanied by a Sarmatian Bodyguard of A&A Miniatures. Apparently there is a reference to his 'golden hair' and the Aventine standard traces his descent from the royal Achaemenid line.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Macedonians versus Indians ADLG Game

Macedonians deployed on the left, Indians on the right

Side view of the table

The Macedonians advance

Companion and Scythian cavalry 

Macedonian infantry on the left flank

Infantry in the centre

Macedonian right flank

The armies close

My first game of the New Year was a solo L'Art de la Guerre (ADLG) game with Macedonians versus Indians. I'd been meaning to have a game with the Indians since November last year but have been thwarted by various circumstances. It was a standard 200 point game with the Macedonians attacking and, while I was pretty rusty with the rules, it proved to be fun and quite close until the final turn. In the end the Indians prevailed due to some luck and the Macedonians became demoralised first.

Cavalry combat on the Indian right flank

Cavalry combat on the Indian left flank

Scythian horse archers are the first casualties

Action in the centre 

Indian light cavalry suffer the same fate

The infantry combat in the centre

Indian elephants take on the pike

Side view of the battle

Macedonians become demoralised

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Neo-Assyrians versus Neo-Babylonians Chariots Rampant Game

Assyrians left, Babylonians right

 Arab Camel Riders

Babylonian cavalry

Assyrian Guard cavalry

Assyrian chariots and infantry

Forces advance

Last Sunday afternoon we played a 25 point Neo-Assyrians versus Neo-Babylonians Chariots Rampant game. The Babylonian rebels were the attackers with the usual Bloodbath scenario. The rebels had two units of mixed spear and bow infantry, a unit of Chaldean slingers, a unit of Arab Camel riders and a mixed spear and bow cavalry unit. The Assyrians had two units of Sab Sharri auxiliaries, mixed spear and bow infantry, a unit of Guard cavalry, armed with both spear and bow, and a unit of Heavy Chariots. Each unit was capable of ranged fire, so this often made shooting an attractive option. The Babylonian rebels made effective use of their fire power and inflicted a crushing defeat on the Assyrians who lost both their infantry units and their cavalry.

Sab Sharri auxiliaries charge the Arab Camel Riders

Assyrian cavalry charge

Assyrian casualties mount

Babylonian cavalry advance 

Command and Colors Napoleonics - Shevardino Redoubt 1812

View of the table from the Russian side View from the French side French advance Doronino left and buildings of Shevardin...