Friday, March 17, 2017

Republican V's Pyrrhic

Apologies in advance re the quality of the photos. Lads can over for a game of "To the Strongest" last night. Usually foes faced off - Polybian Roman versus Pyrrhic.
Two aside and myself running the rules. This time we used the updated Roman list using the Roman line relief rules and terrain placement from the rule book.

 After first turn where the armies conducted march moves towards each other. A couple of units left behind. Stratagems were used resulting in one Pyrrhic command backing up forcing the commander off the table, (he returned shorty after) and a unit of Pyrrhic slingers appearing behind the Roman lines.
 Escorted elephant advances towards the Roman lines ready to make amends for past failures.
 Oh yeah, I forgot to mention "Happy St Patrick's Day". So a couple of quick Guinness's before the game. And a few more throughout. actually quite a few, well ok, a lot really.
 Yes.......the slingers were throwing STONES at the opposition. They didnt manage to achieve anything of note during the game although they were eyeing of the Roman baggage/camp.
 The armies clashed with the Romans making headway on the far flank with their cavalry.
 The Romans managed to get the first blows in disordering a few of the pike units. It was a bit of a pushing match in the centre for both sides. The new Roman line relief rules gave the smaller Roman units a bit of staying power, although in the centre a unit of legionaries was destroyed by missile fire.
 I think we were doing the Roman line relief rules correctly.----- ie the line exchange only occurs in the Romans activation (turn). So in this case with the incoming missile fire the Romans didn't have time to exchange lines. I'll have to check this with Simon Miller (author of the rules) to make sure we are doing this ok.
 Even with the one loss the Romans smashed the far flank and started to move behind the Pyrrhic army, victory was in sight. Then disaster struck................the Pyrrhic elephant and cavalry both destroyed the Romans units facing them on the closest flank and the game was up for grabs.
 But one roman general had had enough and quickly made a grab for the undefended baggage thus putting an end to the upperty Epirot's. The Pyrrhic commander was not amused and commended on the ungentlemanly attack on the camp.
 The final placements of units upon finishing the game. Once again Rome is master of the field.
Great game and great rules that make gaming fun and easy to achieve results..........even with a few drinks throughout.  Happy St Pat's Day.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Arthurian - Late Roman

Newly painted troops.

Predominantly 'Black Tree' miniatures with 'Little Big Men Studios' shield designs and banners. 
To be used as either Arthurian/Late Roman.
3 New units added to my late Romans which I started many moons ago. I've based them on 3 60mm x 40mm bases to be used with 'TotheStrongest' rules written by Simon Miller aka BigRedBat.  They are sitting on a gaming mat I purchased from Simon Miller's online store BigRedBatCave, which has 200mm squares marked out.

My other gaming buddies have purchased mats from Simon which are marked with 150mm squares, so if I game with them I'll have 6 units with a 120mm frontage.
Looking at them now I think I prefer deeper bases but its too late to change now. I'll probably grab some movement trays which will add a bit of depth anyway. I do like the look of Simon's jaggered edged bases but most of my figures are based in this current fashion and thats way too much work for me to rebase.
BUT!!!! like the rest of you guys I do have future plans, ie War of the Roses.........and I haven't based any of those as yet..................mainly because I haven't painted many at all.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Finished items.

Finished the French chateau that I started months ago (with the help from my son) and used it straight away in a couple of games of Bolt Action (which he smashed me in). Unfortunately I forgot to take some photos of the game. 
 It comes apart allowing figure placement in the different floors which is useful when playing Bolt Action.

 This is my command base for my ancient Germans. These are Wargames Foundry figures. I've nearly completed a cavalry unit but WW2 figures have taken over recently. I forgot to photo the squad of Russians  I just completed.

 And this lot I picked up on E-Bay. I intend to rebase them but dont know when that will happen.

Friday, September 9, 2016

First German Warband

One down, lots to go. All figures are foundry I believe, Based on 60mm x 60mm bases.
I may have got a wee bit carried away with the floral arrangements, might have to add a few more casualties or logs in the next lot.
I will probably stick with this 3 layer flesh for the foundry figures but I have bag loads of Black Tree minis so may change to using washes for bulk results.
 Anyone have any suggestions for figures to represent commanders and heroes?
A small cavalry unit up next.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ancient Germans

Yep, I' back already.
I thought it was about time I made a start on these. Foundry ancient Germans at present.

I’ve decided to base them on 60mmx60mm bases which will give me 3 bases to a unit. Thinking of TtS rules set (At this stage).

No set number of figures to a base, whatever looks good, which will probably be between 5 to 8 depending on the figures and maybe a few casualties later on. 
I thought the figures looked better with a bit of spacing between them.

By painting a base at a time the lead pile doesn’t seem so daunting, as I purchased a truck load from Black Tree during their Christmas sales. (Seemed like a good idea at the time as I had already purchased a heap of Romans the Christmas before)


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pyrrhic V's Republican Roman (Polybian)

Pyrrhic V's Republican Roman (Polybian) 

I ordered a couple of gaming mats from Simon (aka BigRedBat) the other month and decided to have a crack using his "To the Strongest" rules utilising 28mm figures. I have tried with 15mm quite a while ago but I wasn't quite convinced as I had predominately used these for DBM.

I had all good intentions of taking a series of photographs showing the battle as it unfolded, BUT....... more people turned up than expected. So between the wargame, World of Tanks in the background, beer drinking and watching the footy match between West Coast and The Hawks I did manage to take a couple of photographs. And believe it or not we did reach a conclusion, which goes to show that the rules are very good for undisciplined and slightly intoxicated crowds. Definitely a major plus in my books as I see wargaming as very much a social event.

Anyway........the game.

As mentioned earlier, the armies have been set out on two marked (20mm square) 6’ x 4’ gaming mats from Simon which look fantastic. The marked squares are quite unobtrusive so maybe the mats could also be used for a general board cover, WW2 for example.

Simon also sent me a couple of his ragged edged bases, thanks Simon. The bases look great, although my ancients are pretty much based, I do have a few ‘War of the Roses’ figures that need basing so I am already formulating yet another army. (Looking a finishing it by 2020 if I’m lucky). Sorry, I digress. 

Pyrrhic army. Army list used was provided free from Simon's site.

Roman army.

I pretty much used all the figures I had which gave 147points to each army. We didn't use heroic general, heros or camps in this game as we were still learning the flow of the rules.

It was easy to get carried away with advancing which is all well and good until the other commands fail to follow orders. In the game both center commands were reluctant to advance (through failed orders).

The Roman left wing was soon crushed but they caused enough casualties that their opposition would later break.

The Pyrrhic center consisted of veteran pike so the small units of Romans kept their distance for as long as possible. The pike units can take 3 hits before they break where as the Romans can only take 1 as they are listed as small units in this army.

The Romans crushed the right flank swinging around behind the Pyrrhic centre and the rest was history. Unfortunately this was where the photos stopped.

The game flowed well, although we made a couple of stuff ups with the rules. After the game we checked the forum and soon sorted them out.

Great set of rules Simon.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Dark day

Dog day afternoon

Had to put the old girl down this afternoon. Rocked up to the vets with the family, wife had to take her in.
Didn't know an old fossil like me could get so emotional.  Tried not to blabba in front of the kids but bloody hard, must be age thing.

Going to miss her.

See ya in the next world Jessie.  (12yrs) whatever that is in dog years.