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 vs Early Saxons Lion Rampant Game

Late Romans advance towards Saxon raiders

Late Roman cavalry charge Saxon Gedriht

First combat of the game

Saxons retreat

Saxon Gedriht rally and are ready to charge

Here are some photos of a Late Romans vs Early Saxons 20 point Lion Rampant game we played in the afternoon, down at the club about a week ago. We used Craig's figures and terrain, Garry commanded the Early Saxons and I commanded the Late Romans. The Romans had initial success with a cavalry charge but then suffered severely at the hands of two units of Saxon Gedriht who slaughtered most of the Roman cavalry. The Romans just managed to rally and survive and were able to hang on with a unit of archers and a unit of Pedites. The Saxons after a strong start faded and were unable to rally at critical times in the game. 

I'm keen to try some solo games with Chariots Rampant, the Bronze Age Lion Rampant variant and I'm painting some Mycenaeans at the moment and will hopefully give these a run soon.

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

New Kingdom Egyptians versus Sea People Basic Impetus Game

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

Republican Roman Cavalry

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

Late Roman Cavalry - Equites Honoriani Iuniores

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

Numidian Elephants

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 versus New Kingdom Egyptians ADLG Game

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


Here are some Mycenaeans, Achaeans or Bronze Age Greeks. Most I've just finished painting but some I painted...