Friday, July 20, 2018
Here are some Mycenaeans, Achaeans or Bronze Age Greeks. Most I've just finished painting but some I painted years ago. Apart from the first photo, of a box chariot with charioteer in Dendra armour, most are mainly later types. The figures are a mix of Eureka Miniatures, Wargames Foundry, Redoubt Miniatures, Cutting Edge Miniatures/Warlord Games and Old Glory Miniatures. I plan to eventually create four forces with two sides of early and later Mycenaeans but will initially use them for Chariots Rampant, the Bronze Age variant of Lion Rampant.
The two infantry units in the photos below have a mix of round and upright pelta type shields. In fact the upright pelta type shields should really be reversed as depicted in the Warrior Vase from Mycenae, although it is possible that these shields were used in this way. Some of the shields are cast on the figures and others I couldn't face pulling off the completed figures, reversing them 180 degrees and then gluing them back on. Future units will have a mix of round and reversed pelta type shields but I suspect not too many opponents will care one or the other!
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
|Late Romans advance towards Saxon raiders|
|Late Roman cavalry charge Saxon Gedriht|
|First combat of the game|
|The old one two with the other unit of Gedriht|
|Late Romans suffer heavy casualties and are battered but rally|
|Saxon Gedriht are battered and fail to rally|
|End of the game - the Late Romans just hold on|
Sunday, July 15, 2018
|Sea People on the left, New Kingdom Egyptians on the right|
|Libyan archers on the Egyptian left flank|
|Egyptian chariots on the right flank|
|Pelset ox cart|
|Egyptians and Sea People exchange fire|
Last Sunday a week ago Craig, Garry and I played two games down at the Vikings Club. The first of these was New Kingdom Egyptians, commanded by Craig, versus Sea People, commanded by me, in a Basic Impetus game. This was over fairly quickly and was a bit of massacre of the Sea People, they didn't manage to put up much resistance at all. The second game was a Dark Ages Lion Rampant game with Late Romans versus Early Saxons and I will put photos of this game in a separate post. I've been off line for a while with computer issues so haven't been able to post anything in this time.
|Pelset chariots on the Sea People right flank|
|Egyptian chariots charge|
|Sea People skirmishers evade|
|Sea People left flank collapses|
|Sea People centre crumbles as well|
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Here are some Republican Roman cavalry I painted last year. The figures are by Aventine Miniatures with LBM shield transfers. Like a lot of people I'm really looking forward to the Justinian Byzantines that Aventine and Footsore Miniatures are releasing later this year.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Here are some Late Roman cavalry I've finally finished painting, from the new plastic Gripping Beast box set, Late Roman Heavy Cavalry. They are the Equites Honoriani Iuniores who were under the command of the Comes Africae in the Notitia Dignitatum. The shield transfers are by LBM. I added a draco from a spare from the plastic Late Roman infantry box. The horse and riders are the same basic poses from the unarmoured Dark Age cavalry set Gripping Beast released last year.
These could easily be used to make armoured barbarian cavalry like Goths and Vandals as there are round or oval shields and plenty of helmeted head options. There are few minor issues - there are no saddles on the horses only saddle cloths, the spears have no butt spikes and the bridles on the horses seem to be missing metal cross pieces but these could be easily fixed with some modelling putty if it bothers you that much. Many metal Late Roman cavalry ranges are the same.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Here are two Numidian elephants and crew that I've just finished painting. The elephants and crew are from the Victrix African War Elephant set, with Victrix Numidian transfers. You get two ellies and a choice of four types of crew - Ptolemaic, Carthaginian, Numidian and Roman. These elephants are African 'forest' elephants, Loxodonta Africana cyclotis. Below are some comparison shots of some of the other African elephant ranges that are available.
|African Elephants L to R - Victrix, Crusader, 1st Corps & Aventine|
|Victrix, Gripping Beast, Relic & Foundry|
Monday, June 11, 2018
|Hittites deployed on the left, Egyptians on the right|
|View from the opposite end of the table|
|Hittite right flank|
|Egyptian left flank|
|Hittite left flank|
|Egyptian right flank|
|The Hittites advance|
Last Sunday down at the Vikings Club Garry and I played a Hittite versus New Kingdom Egyptian 200 point L'Art de la Guerre (ADLG) game. Garry commanded three corps of Egyptians and I commanded the same number of Hittites. The Hittites had some early success with their chariots on both flanks but once the infantry closed they suffered heavy casualties. The Sherden proved very tough in the centre and even the Egyptian bowmen proved surprisingly effective against the Hittite spearmen. Thanks to Garry for a fun game, it is always good to get these armies out and roll a few dice!
|The Egyptians hold and use their superior bow fire|
|Chariots close on the Hittite left flank|
|Infantry in the centre exchange fire|
|Infantry in the centre close in melee|
|Egyptian light infantry destroy a Syrian light chariot unit|
|Hittite infantry suffer heavy casualties|
|Hittite army becomes demoralised and is defeated|
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