Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Never Mind the Billhooks Game Two


Yorkist force

Lancastrians advance

Side view of the table

Hand gunners shoot

Men-at-Arms as billmen

On Tuesday morning Craig came over and we played the last of our mid-week games before he goes back to work. This was a Never Mind the Billhooks game of 65 points with two commanders a side. Craig had a Yorkist force with two units of archers, one unit of men-at arms and one of billmen. I had a Lancastrian force with two units of veteran archers, two billmen (I used men-at-arms as I haven't finished painting my billmen yet) and a skirmisher unit of hand gunners. 

We advanced to within firing range, exchanged shooting, then a Yorkist billmen charged my archer and billmen block on the right flank. The melee continued into a second round until the Yorkist billmen broke with their commander. A Yorkist archer unit also broke after failing their morale crisis test. We continued playing and the Yorkist men-at-arms with their Commander-in-Chief charged again and in the subsequent duel the Lancastrian Commander-in-Chief was killed. Rereading the rules I think the game was already decided, as the Yorkists had already lost four army morale tokens and had none left, but it was all good fun. Look forward to the next game!

Yorkist billmen charge

Billmen slog it out

Archers exchange fire

Yorkist billmen and archers break

The duel

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Men-at-Arms and Hand Gunners


Here are some Men-at-Arms and hand gunners for the War of the Roses that I've just finished painting. Most of the Men-at-Arms are Old Glory and were painted a while ago but I've added a few Front Rank figures to the unit to bring them up to strength. The standard is from a Perry box set and is of John Howard the Duke of Norfolk, who led the Yorkist vanguard at the Battle of Bosworth and died there. The hand gunners are all Front Rank figures, they're Burgundian mercenaries but I haven't painted any livery badges on them. I bought these Front Rank and Old Glory War of the Roses figures years ago before the Perry range came out but have since bought many boxes of the Perrys. There's plenty of painting to do for both armies but the plan is to get enough units painted for Never Mind the Billhooks games as a starting point.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Dacians versus Early Imperial Romans Mortem et Gloriam Game


Armies deployed from the Dacian side

Dacian hordes!

Roman camp

Dacian left flank

Roman left flank and centre advances

Sarmatian lancers

Roman centre

Dacians charge Roman right flank

Roman left flank and centre

Last Tuesday afternoon Garry and I went over to Craig's place and we played a 8000 point Magna Mortem et Gloriam (MeG) game, with his Dacians taking on our Early Imperial Romans. It was a pretty big game and Garry had a hard time fitting all his troops on the table edge. We were pretty slow playing this, it was only Garry's second game, there were various distractions including visitors and neither of us are exactly experts on the rules anyway. The Dacian falx men charged the Roman right flank and soon the entire Roman army was engaged in combat. A highlight on the Roman left flank was when the Roman auxiliary cavalry broke the Sarmatian lancers. In the end we ran out of time and the game was a draw with both sides level pegging in broken units and casualties.

Roman left flank and centre again

View of the battle from the Roman camp

Roman right flank in combat 

Roman army is fully engaged

Sarmatian lancers break

Roman auxilia break

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Sassanid Elephant and Horse Archers


Here are a 15mm Sassanid elephant and some horse archers that I've just finished painting. The ellie and crew are by Legio Heroica, quite large and chunky compared to the other three I painted earlier in the year, see the comparison shot below. The blanket is from the LBM 15mm Sassanid banner sheet. The horse archers are a mix of AB Figures and PSC.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Vikings versus Anglo-Danes Mortem et Gloriam Game


View from the Vikings' side

Anglo-Danish side

Anglo-Danish left flank

Norman Mercenaries

Side view from Anglo-Danish right flank

Viking right flank

Viking centre

On Tuesday afternoon Craig came over to my place and we played another Pacto sized Mortem et Gloriam game, with his Anglo-Danes taking on my Vikings. This proved to be quite a close game and the Viking centre threatened to collapse early on before recovering. Eventually the Vikings ground down the Anglo-Danish shieldwall in the centre and the Select Fyrd proved no match for the Huscarls and Hird on the Viking's left flank. It was a much closer result then it appeared as at least four Vikings units were on the verge of breaking.

Viking left flank

Viking left flank closes

Action in the centre and on the right

Viking left flank again

Casualties are mounting

Normans hold on

Anglo-Danes break

Skirmish Before Stoke Field - Billhooks Deluxe Game

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