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Monday, 14 August 2017

Antigonid Successors vs Hellenistic Greeks - ADLG Game

View of the table from the Antigonid line

View from the Greek line

Antigonid left flank

Argyraspides and Chalkaspides in the Antigonid centre

Antigonid right flank advances

Antigonid centre tries to delay the inevitable

Last Sunday Garry, Craig and I met down at Vikings Club in Lanyon for the Capital Region Wargames Group's monthly meeting. We played a 200 point ADLG game with Antigonid Successors versus Hellenistic Greeks. Garry commanded the Greeks and had chosen a phalangite heavy army with 11 pike units compared to 5 Antigonid pike units! I'd made a bad choice in my army selection with more thureophoroi and romphaia armed Thracians on a narrow table.

We tried to refuse the centre and attack on the flanks but this only delayed the inevitable slaughter and the game was all over by lunch time. Three out of six commanders (two Antigonid) were killed but I did get to give my new Victrix Successor heavy cavalry a run and they performed creditably enough. Newly painted troops are always a dicey proposition, in games in my experience!

Antigonid left flank advances

Antigonid heavy cavalry charge

Action on the Antigonid right flank

Antigonid centre about to be smashed

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Numidian Command

Here are a few photos of two Numidian command stands for my Numidian army. The figures are A&A and Warlord with the later featuring their King Juba figure. I have quite a few Numidian cavalry units painted but have only just started working on the infantry and elephants, which are a mix of Crusader and Renegade Miniatures.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Victrix Successor Heavy Cavalry

Here are a few photos of the new Victrix Macedonian Greek Successor Heavy Cavalry plastic set. I have assembled and painted them as shielded later Successor Heavy Cavalry as I already have heaps of painted Foundry Companion units. In the set you get twelve superbly detailed and animated riders and horses, that are easy to assemble and paint. There are four sprues of three basic torsos and horses with many arm, head, weapon, shield and cloak options. Four of the horses have a lion skin pelt and all of the torsos have muscled cuirass armour with pteruges.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Battle of Crimissos River 341 BC - Command and Colors Ancients

Carthaginians deployed on both sides of the Crimissos River

View from the Syracusan lines

Carthaginian Four Horse Chariot

Carthaginian Sacred Band, Libyan Spearmen and Javelinmen

Syracusans attack the Sacred Band

Last Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon, for a Command and Colors Ancients game, playing the scenario for the Battle of Crimissos River 341 BC. The scenario begins as the Carthaginians are caught in disarray crossing the Crimissos River by the smaller Syracusan and Greek mercenary force. In our game, luckily for the Carthaginians, a double time card was played, which enabled, most of the Carthaginian infantry to reach the river in the first turn.

The Syracusans didn't have much luck in this game and an attack on the Sacred Band destroyed a Hoplite unit and forced a Peltast unit to retreat. However the Syracusans were able to fight back and managed to destroy both the Sacred Band and a Carthaginian Heavy Chariot unit. Casualties mounted in the centre and eventually most of the Syracusan Hoplites were destroyed and, Timoleon, their general was killed. A desperate final charge by the Syracusan Greek cavalry nearly finished of the remaining Carthaginian Spearmen unit. Thanks to some lucky dice and cards the Carthaginians won fairly easily with 5 to 2 victory banners. Thanks to Rick for another fun game.

Sacred Band destroy Hoplites and force Peltasts to retreat

Side view of the table

The battle is decided in the centre

Syracusan Hoplites are destroyed and Timoleon killed

Celt Warriors attack the Syracusan right flank

Syracusan Greek cavalry try a desperate final charge

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Aventine Samnite Cavalry

Here are some Aventine Samnite cavalry that I've finally finished painting. They are shielded later types from the third century BC, so could be used for the Third Samnite War, 298 to 290 BC. I have some A&A and Crusader Samnite cavalry which I will use for earlier unshielded cavalry of the fourth century BC. The shield transfers are by LBM.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Late Republican Roman Scorpions

Here are some Late Republican Roman scorpions and crew, we used in our Battle of the Sabis game. The figures are all by Old Glory. I also painted some Foundry legionary reinforcements for an under strength unit. I ran out of the Veni Vedi Vici transfers I used on them but fortunately had some Companion Miniatures shields with a similar wing shield design and you don't really notice them in the back rank anyway.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Battle of the Sabis 57 BC

Side view of the table

Gauls prepare to charge across the River Sabis

Roman foragers deployed near the river

Gallic warbands on the left flank

The Gauls charge and the Romans are forced to give ground

Gauls in the centre surge across the river

Gallic right flank are slow to get of the mark

Gauls pursue on to the hill

Last Sunday Garry, Bern, Gary and I played a Hail Caesar game, the Battle of the Sabis 57 BC, down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon. We used the scenario in the Age of Caesar supplement (pp. 26 - 30) but modified it to make it a bit more accurate in terms of the numbers and the troop types involved. We reduced the number of legionary units by one per division, increased the Gallic warbands by one per division and added the slingers and Numidian cavalry that Caesar mentions in his account.

We hadn't played a game of Hail Caesar for about 18 months so we were all fairly rusty with the rules. The game turned into a disaster for the Romans, thanks to some poor dice rolling and equally woeful command decisions. Caesar was wounded early on and eventually killed. His central division broke, and while the Roman divisions on the flanks were in tact, the Gauls were clearly victorious.

Caesar's troops form up in the centre

Roman left flank advances

Gauls charge in the centre

Roman centre charges the Gauls

Legionaries on the right flank finally make an appearance

Caesar is killed and the centre division broken