Saturday, December 28, 2019

Village Raid Dux Bellorum Game




Visigoths defending the village


Saxon right flank and centre


Saxon left flank

Saxon skirmishers and cavalry


Saxons advance on the village


Saxon fanatics (Footsore Attecotti)



On Saturday afternoon Craig and I played a Dux Bellorum game with the Village Raid scenario. My Visigoths defended a village against Craig's Saxons attackers. The Saxon attack faltered early on when their left flank crumbled. They pressed home in the centre and on the right and routed two units of Visigoth cavalry but suffered further casualties were unable to pass their 50% casualties break test.

Earlier on Boxing Day we played a Samnite versus Republican Roman 900 point, Clash of Spears game (see photo at the bottom of the post). This was pretty disappointing, not much chop at all, very WAB like and fiddly. Craig thought they've overcooked the command and control as there seemed to be more counters than figures on the table.



Visigoth infantry charge on the right flank


Saxon left flank crumbles


The centre gets messy


Visigoth cavalry are charged in the flank


Saxons fail test for 50% casualties


Visigoths repel the Saxon attack


Samnite vs Republican Romans Clash of Spears game

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Goth Noble Cavalry














I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy gaming, painting and blogging for 2020! Here are some Goth Noble cavalry with LBM shield transfers from the Gripping Beast plastic set. This is basically the same set as the Late Roman Heavy Cavalry one with different head and helmet options. I've gone with dry, burnt grass basing on these figures as I want to use them as Vandals in North Africa as well.

I backed the Kickstarter for Clash of Spears, a new set of ancient skirmish rules and today received an advanced pdf copy of the rules. The hard copy is suppose to be released in February next year. I'm looking forward to reading and trying these out. First impression it looks to be a really nice set, 156 pages, lavishly produced with great photos and illustrations, it reminds me of the old WAB supplements.









Monday, December 9, 2019

Spartans versus Athenians ADLG Game




View of the table from the Spartan lines


Side view


Both sides advance


Athenians and allies right flank


Athenians and allies centre


Spartans and allies right flank


Spartan centre


Spartans and allies left flank


Left flank charges


Spartans close in the centre


Last Sunday Craig, Garry, Rick, Gary and I met down at the Vikings Club and played a 200 point Spartans versus Athenians ADLG game. Craig and Garry commanded the Athenians and allies, while Rick and I commanded the Spartans and allies and Gary sat out the game as a spectator due to potential work commitments. This turned out to be a real thrashing for the Spartans due to consistently bad dice rolling and the Athenians suffered very few casualties at all.



Spartan right flank takes casualties from archers


Side view of the battle


Action in the centre


Athenian pig in a poke


Spartan left flank and centre


Spartan right flank starts to crumble 


Casualties mount in the centre


Athenian cavalry threaten the Spartan left flank


It's only a matter of time...


Spartan centre collapses

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Spartan Hoplites










Here are some Wargames Foundy Spartan Hoplites that I've just finished painting. I think the musician figure is Gorgon Studios. Anyway they will see action tomorrow down at the Vikings Club as we have a Spartan versus Athenian hoplite bash lined up for the last club game of the year.







Monday, December 2, 2019

Early Seleucids versus Galatians DBA Game



Galatian attackers deployed


Seleucid defenders advance


Galatian warbands



I haven't played a DBA game for years but did pick up Version 3 when it came out about five years ago. Earlier today I played a solo game with my Early Seleucids versus the Galatians. Surprisingly, the Galatians won easily, destroying four Seleucid elements, without losing any casualties themselves. Lucky dice rolling and the fact that the Seleucid pike didn't get in combat at all, assisted the cause. It was fun to get my 15mm out and roll some dice, despite the long break in playing the rules.



Galatian cavalry and chariots force Seleucids to recoil


Seleucid light horse and elephant are destroyed


Galatians are victorious

Legio XX Valeria Victrix

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