Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Bolt-Shooting Torsion Catapults











Here are some bolt-shooting torsion catapults and crew that I've just finished painting. The three above all Vendel/Sgt Major figures and are early examples of oxybeles as illustrated in Duncan Head's WRG book Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars 359 BC to 146 BC (p.187). The one below is a later Hellenistic scorpion (p.188) with three crew and is by Relic Miniatures but doesn't seem to be on their website anymore, which is a pity. I will use all four for a Command and Colors Ancients (CCA) scenario of the Battle of Jaxartes River 329 BC, where Alexander used the catapults to provide covering fire for his troops, as they crossed the river and taught the Saka a lesson.










Monday, July 27, 2020

Scythians versus Neo-Assyrians Chariots Rampant Game



Table view from the Scythians' side


View from the Assyrians' side



Scythians advance



Assyrian cavalry mixed bow and spear



Sab Sharri mixed bow and spear



Chaldean slingers and Assyrian chariots



Sab Sharri mixed bow and spear



Assyrian cavalry mixed bow and spear



Scythian horse archers



Scythian noble cavalry



Scythian horse archers



Scythian horse archers




Last Sunday afternoon out in the shed I played a solo Chariots Rampant game with the Scythians taking on the Neo-Assyrians somewhere in the highlands of Uratu (Armenia). Chariots Rampant is a Bronze Age variant of Lion Rampant and can be found in Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy magazine Issue 82. The scenario was the standard Bloodbath encounter, the two sides were 32 points and, except for a single skirmisher unit of Chaldean slingers, every unit was bow armed. The Scythians suffered early casualties and a horse archer unit was forced to retreat battered in the face of some withering fire from the Assyrians. A unit of Scythian noble cavalry recklessly charged a Sab Sharri unit, and while they won the combat they were forced to retreat battered. Eventually sheer weight of numbers told and the Scythians' bow fire wore the Assyrians down and their left flank routed.




Scythian noble cavalry



Scythian horse archers



Scythian horse archers



Both sides advance



Scythian horse archers retreat battered in the centre



Scythian noble cavalry charge the Sab Sharri



They win the combat but retreat battered



Casualties from missile fire mount



Scythian horse archers make skirmish moves



Sab Sharri advance



Assyrian left flank routs



Assyrian chariots are the only unscathed unit

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Scythian Noble Cavalry 2















Here are some more Scythian noble cavalry and horse archers that I've just finished painting. The nobles are all Tin Soldier figures and the horse archers are a mix of Wargames Foundry and Old Glory. I have enough painted Scythians or Kimmerians for some games I have planned but still need to paint up some more figures for their opponents. I have enough figures for both sides to try a small Chariots Rampant game, so may do that for fun (I haven't played it for a while) and just to give them a run.













Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Sherden Warriors












Here's another post from the archives, two units of Sherden warriors. These are all Wargames Foundry figures in the unit above with a few Newline Design figures in the second unit below. This unit, with the officer and New Kingdom Egyptian standard, are supposed to be Ramses' II Sherden bodyguard.

To quote (p.42) from the Stillman and Tallis WRG book, Armies of the Ancient Near East 3000 BC to 539 BC:

The Sherden or Shardana are first recorded in the 14th century BC when they were known in Byblos. Early in the reign of Ramses II some were caught while raiding in the Delta and were placed in the Egyptian army. The characteristic helmet is of a type known in the Near East and Aegean. The long sword is possibly a type of levantine dagger rather than an Aegean type. One possible place of origin is the Syrian coast north of Ugarit. After their attack on Egypt some of them settled in Cyprus and eventually arrived in Sardinia, giving their name to the island.

An excellent book to get, if you're interested in the Sea Peoples, is N K Sandars' The Sea Peoples: Warriors of the Ancient Mediterranean, it is out of print but you can probably track down a copy through Abebooks. Andrea Salimbeti's excellent website The Greek Age of Bronze: Weapons and Warfare in the late Helladic time 1600-1100 BC also has a very useful section on the Sea Peoples:

Friday, July 17, 2020

Camillan Romans versus Samnites Mortem et Gloriam Game




View of the table from the Samnite side


View from the Roman side


Armies advance


Roman right flank with Italian allies


Samnite left flank and centre


Samnite right flank and centre


Apulian javelinmen and Samnite foot


Samnite javelinmen and foot


Roman cavalry on the right flank moves around the wood


The armies close


Cavalry manoeuvre near the wood


The Samnites hold, the Romans advance


Samnite infantry move into a marsh


Last Thursday afternoon out in the shed I played a solo Mortem et Gloriam (MeG) game, with the Camillan Romans taking on the Samnites in a Pacto (small) sized game of about 3,500 points a side. I thought the Romans would easily crush the Samnites but it proved to a very close game, level pegging through out much of it. In the end both armies were on the verge of breaking and the Samnites just managed to pip the Romans at the post with a 15-10 victory.



Roman cavalry declare a charge on the right flank


Roman cavalry declare a charge on the left


The Romans charge into combat with the Samnites on the Roman right


And on the left



Infantry combat in the centre


Roman cavalry break on the Roman right, Samnite cavalry break on the Roman left



Infantry slog it out


It's level pegging


Casualties mount


Both armies are on the verge of breaking


Samnite left flank hangs on, the centre is almost gone


Romans break first


Samnites just pip the Romans at the post with a 15-10 victory

Legio XX Valeria Victrix

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