Thursday, October 9, 2008
During the summer I finished painting another 1000 phalangites, 600+ Republican Romans, a few other odds and ends, and a couple hundred 28mm fantasy figures. The new phalangites and Romans are from Rapier Miniatures by Newline designs. They are the same size as Baccus Miniatures from the bottom of their feet to the top of their heads, but have slightly thicker bases. Their detail is a bit better than comparable figures from Baccus. I will have to take some pictures and post them here.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Our second game used the Warmaster Ancients rules. The opposing armies were as follows:
Corinthia - 8,000 pikemen, 2000 javelin skirmishers, 4000 companion cavalry lancers, and 3000 light javelin cavalry.
Zamora - 6000 lance and bow heavy cavalry, and 8000 bow and javelin light cavalry.
Dicing for the game length resulted in a maximum of seven turns. The battlefield had several hills and a forest with most of the terrain on the Corinthian side. The Corinthians deployed with the pikes in the center, the light infantry to their left, most of the heavy cavalry and 1000 of the light cavalry on the right flank, and 1000 companions and 2000 light cavalry on the left behind the woods. The Zamorans split their heavy cavalry evenly on both flanks with 1000 light horse on the outside of both flanks and placed the remaining 6000 light horse in the center. The Corinthian commander was on his right flank with the cavalry guard and the Zamoran commander was opposite him. The Corinthian phalanx pushed forward relentlessly as the Zamoran light horse loosed arrows at it. Some of the phalangites fell to archery fire and a gap opened between the two halves of the phalanx. The Zamoran right wing destroyed the Corinthian left wing, losing one unit of 1000 heavy cavalry and turned to take the phalanx in the rear. The opposing commanders' wings only saw minor skirmishing as both made poor command rolls throughout the game and were not able to close when we called the game after three turns due to time. It was determined that the Zamoran light horse in the center would have been able to eventually surround the phalanx and slow it down enough for the right wing Zamoran cavalry to eventually arrive and join in. We judged it to be a minor win for the Zamorans. Loses were most of one unit of Zamoran heavy cavalry, one unit of Corinthian heavy cavalry, 2 units of Corinthian light cavalry, and part of one unit of Corinthian phalangites.
Unfortunately i forgot to take pictures of the battles. This was the first time that my friend had played Strategos II and the first time that I had played Warmaster Ancients. Both of us had played several games with the other rules though. Both of us had an enjoyable time with both sets of rules. A Strategos game usually lasts a maximum of ninety minutes. The Warmaster Ancients game would probably have lasted about three hours or so. Compared to Field of Glory, both rules were slightly less complex. All three sets of rules provided a good game. Warmaster Ancients is probably the least historical of the three. Strategos II is better suited for only one player per side, though some battles could be fought with two per side. For multi-player games with inexperienced players i would probably choose Warmaster Ancients over Field of Glory, but i find Field of Glory to provide a better representation of ancient combat over Warmaster Ancients and would choose FoG for more experienced gamers. For limited amount of time or a campaign where multiple battles needed to be resolved quickly i would choose Strategos II/Lost Battles (the latest version of the Strategos rule system).
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Maximus Dentius was worried. He had been dispatched with 2 legions and some auxiliaries to stop the Corinthian invaders under the command of Pyros the Maniac. Not only did the invaders outnumber him; they also had some of those terrifying beasts called elephants. His army was deployed near the village of Numalia Minor facing towards the south in the standard battle formation with the cavalry on both wings, the legions in the center, and the auxiliaries to the legions left. It appeared that the Corinthians had placed all their cavalry on the opposing right with their auxiliaries to the right of the cavalry, the elephants in the center of their battle line and the pikes on the left. The battlefield was fairly open with some vineyards and olive groves to the west of the village.
As the battle commenced Dentius ordered the cavalry on the right to move to the left flank to counter the opposing cavalry. Both armies advanced towards each other with the lights troops engaging each other.When they were within reach Pyrhos ordered his heavy cavalry to charge the Nemedian auxiliaries. A protracted melee ensued that eventually saw the Nemedian auxiliaries routed from the field. Meanwhile the legion on the left attacked the Corinthian elephants killing several and causing the remainder to flee. The legion on the right engaged the leading formation of pikes and was soon aided by the other legion charging into the flank of the pikes. Although badly disordered they continued to stand and fight as the other pike formations moved up and eventually caused the collapse of the Nemedian legions. The Nemedian cavalry had been involved in chasing the Corinthian light horse and fighting the opposing auxiliaries and was unable to come to the aid of the infantry. Seeing the battle lost Maximus Dentius ordered his surviving forces to withdraw, leaving the village to the depredations of the Corinthians. As the Nemedian forces regrouped they could see smoke rising to the south from the burning village.(We found the rules to be well written and playable. The game took about three to four hours to play including setting up the terrain and having to look up items in the rules that we were not sure about, this being only the first time for my friend and second time for me playing Field of Glory. )
Thursday, March 6, 2008
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Friday, January 4, 2008
Iranistan field army with some light infantry auxiliaries, but no light horse or elephants on maneuver and deployed for battle. Figures are all Heroics and Ros. Byzantine cavalry and Late Roman infantry. The guard cavalry are in the first rank of the cavalry column and form the reserve when deployed for battle. they ride partly armored horses. All cavalry are equipped with lance and bow. Heavy infantry are equipped with throwing spears and bows. Light infantry are archers.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Well i finally got a digital camera and took some pictures of my 30 years war armies. The one on the left is some of the imperial tercios while that on the right is some of the heavy cavalry. Each of the tericos has 48 figures, half of which are pike and the other half shot. The white paws in the back belong to our cat Misty.
Well i finally purchased a digital camera and i am learning how to use it. i would have uploaded more images of my troops, but the others were too blurred to use. As it is the cataphracts are rather blurred. Pictures of the Iranistan army will be posted later when i take better pictures of the troops. The two pictures above are from my Seleucid army. The top is some of the cataphracts and the bottom is most of the phalanx. There are just over 1000 pikemen in the picture. One of the formations is partly cut off on the left side of the picture. They are arrayed in a formation 8 figures deep by 160 wide. Almost all of the figures are by Heroics and Ros with one unit of Irregular Miniatures. Some Baccus and Rapier Miniatures phalangites are in the process of being painted. The front half of the formation is based for warmaster ancients and are the most recent addition to my pike armies, while the back half is mounted on double wide by double depth dbx bases for ease of maneuver. The pictures were taken on one of Hotz' felt game mats. One side is printed with hexes while the other side is blank. They come in a variety of colors, sizes, and grid patterns. More information about them can be found at: http://www.hotzartworks.com/ Hotz is one-half of the Larry Leadhead team. He also makes a line of 1:300 ancient galleys and buildings.
Other ancient armies that i have are:
Early Imperial Roman
Late Imperial Roman/Early Byzantine (these will be used for the Iranistan army along with some elephants)
Various Pike armies
New Kingdom Egyptian
Generic Mounted Barbarians (Sarmatians, Huns, etc.)
Generic Foot Barbarian (Gauls, Britons, etc.)
Along with some 6mm fantasy from Irregular - orcs, dwarfs, and others.
For Iranistan i will be using the Vis Magica army list http://vismagica.com/ArmyLists/Conan/al_conan_iranistan.htm
which is very close to what i had envisioned for Iranistan.