Monday, February 25, 2019

Iberian Cavalry

Here are some armoured Ancient Spanish cavalry from the Victrix Miniatures plastic set Iberian Cavalry. They are great figures to paint, really detailed and easy to put together. The shield transfers are by Victrix as well. I tried to finish these for our recent Command and Colors Ancients game of the Battle of Ilipa but didn't quite get there in time.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Battle at Fort Guinnion Dux Bellorum Game

Saxons on the left, Romano-British on the right

View from the Saxon line

Armies advance

Brits charge on the left and right flanks

Saxon Ordinary Riders charge

Command points are evenly distributed

Saxons retreat

Last Saturday afternoon Craig came over to my place and we played the fifth game in our Dux Bellorum campaign, The Raiding Season, based on the Age of Arthur WAB supplement (pp. 133-135). Our last game was a mighty victory for the Saxons over the Romano-British, so the scenario this time was The Battle at Fort Guinnon (pp.106-107) with the both sides fielding standard 32 points armies. The objective in our game was simply revenge and destruction of the enemy.

Both armies advanced and quickly engaged. After a couple of turns the battle formed in to four distinct combats and as casualties mounted, command points were lost. This left both sides with limited options for subsequent turns. The Saxons started retreating and were gradually worn down by the Brits. In the end they suffered fifty percent casualties and a couple of units failed their Bravery tests and the entire army routed. This was a Mighty Victory for the Brits leading in to the sixth and final game of the campaign.

The battle forms four distinct combats

Command points are lost as casualties mount

Saxons retreat in some combats but hold on in others

Brit Mounted Companions get in a flank charge

Brit Noble Riders and Saxon Ordinary Riders fight it out

Saxons rout

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Battle of Ilipa 206 BC - Command and Colors Ancients

Romans on the left, Carthaginians on the right

View from the Carthaginian lines

View from the Roman lines

Velites attack Carthaginian Elephants

Carthaginian right flank

Roman left flank

Velites are forced to retreat

Marcius with Principes and Triarii

Scipio with Principes and Hastai

Last Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club and played a Second Punic War Command and Colors Ancients game. The scenario was the Battle of Ilipa 206 BC in Spain with Scipio taking on Hasdrubal Gisgo. Rick commanded the Romans while I commanded the Carthaginians. Although the Carthaginians out numbered the Romans by a single unit in the scenario, they were up against it with only four command cards and a single commander, compared to the Romans six command cards and two commanders. In the end the Romans won a decisive victory with seven to two victory banners. The game followed the actual historical result with the Romans  winning on both flanks while the Carthaginian centre was stranded.

Action on the Carthaginian right flank

Carthaginian centre

Hasdrubal Gisgo and Libyan spearmen

Gallic cavalry and Carthaginian elephants

Spanish Scutarii and Caetrati attack

Gallic cavalry attack Velites to no effect

Roman cavalry account for Numidian cavalry

Carthaginian elephants are destroyed - the final nail in the coffin!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Mauryan Indians versus Early Seleucids L'Art de La Guerre Game

Side view of the table - Indians on the left, Seleucids on the right

View from the opposite end

Seleucid pike & Persian Takabara peltasts

Seleucid pike, peltasts and camp in the centre

Indian right flank

Indian centre

Indian attackers advance

Indian left flank

Last Sunday down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon, Garry, Craig and I played a standard 200 point L'Art de la Guerre (ADLG) game, with Mauryan Indians versus Early Seleucids. Garry commanded the Seleucids while Craig and I commanded the Indians. This turned out to be a fairly easy victory for the Seleucids. The Indians entertained hope for some time, until the Seleucid pike in the centre charged home and large gaps started to appear in the Indian centre. The Indians were on the verge of demoralisation and conceded the game.

Indian chariots and cavalry charge

Indian longbow try to wear down the pike

Seleucid pike charge in the centre

Indian elephants take on the peltasts

Action in the centre

Indian left flank

Gaps appear in the Indian centre

Indians are on the verge of demoralisation

Hannibal Barca

  Here's Hannibal Barca with his shield bearer. These are very detailed 28mm resin figures by Warlord Games which were a lot of fun to p...