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More hosses

Posted on February 7th, 2018 under . Posted by

Chum Shaun McTague brought in a load more painted cavalry yesterday. These are most of the additional “Swedish” horse (gallopers if you like) for Salute; around six eighteen-man regiments worth. Dauntingly I also need to complete at least three larger …

Still trapped in the ECW

Posted on February 5th, 2018 under . Posted by

In the lead-up to Salute, all my ancient and medieval projects are currently on hold and most of my recent posts have been on my new ECW blog. So I thought I’d pop in here and say hi, even though all I have to post is a pic of a couple of extra ECW reg…

Last call for the To the Strongest! Worlds

Posted on January 29th, 2018 under , . Posted by

On Saturday 24th February 2018, the fourth “To the Strongest!” World Championships will take place in the village of Chalgrove in Oxfordshire- and there is still time and space for a few late entries!We believe that “Worlds” is the largest 28mm big-bat…

All basing and no posting…

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

…makes Simon a dull lad.I am very much up against it, as I need to finish basing seven foot regiments, four regiments of horse and five command stands by 13th December. Some terrain would be nice, too…

All basing and no posting…

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

…makes Simon a dull lad.I am very much up against it, as I need to finish basing seven foot regiments, four regiments of horse and five command stands by 13th December. Some terrain would be nice, too…

Meeples Podcast

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

I recently had a fine chat with the guys at Meeples about forthcoming To the Strongest! developments and the forthcoming TtS! “For King and Parliament” English Civil War rules, which they have kindly made into a Podcast which you can download from here…

Meeples Podcast

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

I recently had a fine chat with the guys at Meeples about forthcoming To the Strongest! developments and the forthcoming TtS! “For King and Parliament” English Civil War rules, which they have kindly made into a Podcast which you can download from here…

St Crispin’s Day

Posted on October 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;For he to-day that sheds his blood with meShall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,This day shall gentle his condition;And gentlemen in England now a-bedShall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,And h…

St Crispin’s Day

Posted on October 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;For he to-day that sheds his blood with meShall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,This day shall gentle his condition;And gentlemen in England now a-bedShall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,And h…

Ruspina 46 BCE

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

“Caesar once again returned to the town of Ruspina, drew up his camp there, and then set out himself with thirty cohorts in light order to forage.”
Yesterday I ran an extended version of the Ruspina 46 BCE battle that is one of my favourite ancient engagements. NB all photos are clickable! 
Below are the massed Numidian cavalry, thaaaasands of them (well, 120).
The miniatures are almost all Foundry Numidians or Caesarians, with a degree of admixture of Crusader and conversions from other ranges. 

Above, lines of grim-faced legionaries. Below Caesar surveys the situation. In To the Strongest! terms he is a brilliant general, and very handy, too!

  

More Numidians, above and below.


Above, I based some palms with the minis, just for fun. Below, you can see how well the BatBases blend in with the Sagebrush Steppe design mat. Look- no straight lines!


We played the first part of the battle, twice, with novice players; everyone seemed to have fun, especially the kids, one of whom played for the third year in a row. SELWG is always a fun show! Huge thanks to chum Ian for the beautiful photography and to Mike Brian and his son Alex, and Robert, for helping with setup, and to the SELWGers. Thanks also to Foundry for the nellie and hippo and 1st Corps for all the sheep!  🙂

PS We have one place left on Saturday for a rerun of the battle at the Wargames Holiday Centre, near Basingstoke,; I’m also running the battle of Gaza with Demetrius Poliocretes, elephants and a forest of pikes.  If you are free drop me a line, i believe the day’s gaming costs £75.

Ruspina 46 BCE

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

“Caesar once again returned to the town of Ruspina, drew up his camp there, and then set out himself with thirty cohorts in light order to forage.”
Yesterday I ran an extended version of the Ruspina 46 BCE battle that is one of my favourite ancient engagements. NB all photos are clickable! 
Below are the massed Numidian cavalry, thaaaasands of them (well, 120).
The miniatures are almost all Foundry Numidians or Caesarians, with a degree of admixture of Crusader and conversions from other ranges. 

Above, lines of grim-faced legionaries. Below Caesar surveys the situation. In To the Strongest! terms he is a brilliant general, and very handy, too!

  

More Numidians, above and below.


Above, I based some palms with the minis, just for fun. Below, you can see how well the BatBases blend in with the Sagebrush Steppe design mat. Look- no straight lines!


We played the first part of the battle, twice, with novice players; everyone seemed to have fun, especially the kids, one of whom played for the third year in a row. SELWG is always a fun show! Huge thanks to chum Ian for the beautiful photography and to Mike Brian and his son Alex, and Robert, for helping with setup, and to the SELWGers. Thanks also to Foundry for the nellie and hippo and 1st Corps for all the sheep!  🙂

PS We have one place left on Saturday for a rerun of the battle at the Wargames Holiday Centre, near Basingstoke,; I’m also running the battle of Gaza with Demetrius Poliocretes, elephants and a forest of pikes.  If you are free drop me a line, i believe the day’s gaming costs £75.

Out of Africa(ns)

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

With the above Numidians based, I have finally have as many as I anticipate needing for the foreseeable futire…. These minis, mostly lovely Wargames Foundry from the Caesarians range, bring me to a total of 120 light horse which should be enough for …

Out of Africa(ns)

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

With the above Numidians based, I have finally have as many as I anticipate needing for the foreseeable futire…. These minis, mostly lovely Wargames Foundry from the Caesarians range, bring me to a total of 120 light horse which should be enough for …

Announcing the 2018 To the Strongest Worlds!

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

The fourth “To the Strongest!” World Championships will take place in the village of Chalgrove in Oxfordshire on Saturday 24th February 2018. We believe that “Worlds” is the largest big-battle ancient/medieval tournament in, well, the world. This year we hope to have 50 players from at least four countries who will each fight four battles using 28mm figures, to establish who is the World’s Strongest! 
The atmosphere is more good-natured than competitive; that said, the competition for the wooden spoon can be fierce. 😉 If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring, you can pick an ancient or medieval army from any of the 178 official “To the Strongest!” ancient and medieval lists, up to 130 points. If the list for your favourite 28mm historical army isn’t already written, let me know and I will write the list for you. If you don’t have a suitable 28mm army, I may be able to lend you one.
There will be prizes for the winner, the best army, the best camp and for sportsmanship, amongst others- and, of course, the wooden spoon. The cost of entry is £9 (includes tea/coffee and biscuits). 
To register, please email steve.dover (at) 3dsystems (dot) com. Steve will send you out a template to enter your army. Please don’t wait too long, as there are fewer than twenty places remaining.
I hope to see you in Chalgrove in February!

Announcing the 2018 To the Strongest Worlds!

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

The fourth “To the Strongest!” World Championships will take place in the village of Chalgrove in Oxfordshire on Saturday 24th February 2018. We believe that “Worlds” is the largest big-battle ancient/medieval tournament in, well, the world. This year we hope to have 50 players from at least four countries who will each fight four battles using 28mm figures, to establish who is the World’s Strongest! 
The atmosphere is more good-natured than competitive; that said, the competition for the wooden spoon can be fierce. 😉 If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring, you can pick an ancient or medieval army from any of the 178 official “To the Strongest!” ancient and medieval lists, up to 130 points. If the list for your favourite 28mm historical army isn’t already written, let me know and I will write the list for you. If you don’t have a suitable 28mm army, I may be able to lend you one.
There will be prizes for the winner, the best army, the best camp and for sportsmanship, amongst others- and, of course, the wooden spoon. The cost of entry is £9 (includes tea/coffee and biscuits). 
To register, please email steve.dover (at) 3dsystems (dot) com. Steve will send you out a template to enter your army. Please don’t wait too long, as there are fewer than twenty places remaining.
I hope to see you in Chalgrove in February!

With Ruspina to SELWG!

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The annual SELWG show (Crystal Palace on Sunday week) is now just ten days away and I’ll be putting on a rather grand game of To the Strongest!Ruspina is one of Caesar’s less well known battles, but one of my favourites because the great man came withi…

With Ruspina to SELWG!

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The annual SELWG show (Crystal Palace on Sunday week) is now just ten days away and I’ll be putting on a rather grand game of To the Strongest!Ruspina is one of Caesar’s less well known battles, but one of my favourites because the great man came withi…

Mea culpa…

Posted on October 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

…mea maxima culpa- it has been six weeks since my last blog post in the BigRedBatCave! 
I have been posting on my new ECW blog, For King nd Parliament, but writing and modelling time has temporarily cut across my ancients posting. I shall see if I can remedy that…. in the meanwhile, here are some lovely Caesarian Romans that Andrés Amián Fernández very generously gifted to me earlier this year. There are some fine painters out there but none who are better at hand-painted shields. The minis are Warlord Caesarian plastics and metals- the photo is clickable. They make my other Romans look shabby!

In other news… in the BigRedBatShop  have some gaming cloths on sale this week- mostly gridded, some ungridded. If you need a cheap cloth, you can find them here!

Mea culpa…

Posted on October 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

…mea maxima culpa- it has been six weeks since my last blog post in the BigRedBatCave! 
I have been posting on my new ECW blog, For King nd Parliament, but writing and modelling time has temporarily cut across my ancients posting. I shall see if I can remedy that…. in the meanwhile, here are some lovely Caesarian Romans that Andrés Amián Fernández very generously gifted to me earlier this year. There are some fine painters out there but none who are better at hand-painted shields. The minis are Warlord Caesarian plastics and metals- the photo is clickable. They make my other Romans look shabby!

In other news… in the BigRedBatShop  have some gaming cloths on sale this week- mostly gridded, some ungridded. If you need a cheap cloth, you can find them here!

My very own Spanish interlude

Posted on September 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

Almost three years gone… and my Spanish Ulcer is still playing up. Although I’ve not based any more minis, I’ve recently bought a couple of hundred more painted French Ligne and Garde and some artillery and allies. I am waiting, fingers crossed, for …

Leuctra at Partizan

Posted on August 25th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Hi all, I’m still playing catch up after Partizan but here are a couple of photos of the game, taken by chum Ian Notter.Above is the Spartan deployment- that’s Cleombrotos I at the start of the battle. Below is the Theban extra-deep phalanx. The s…

Mega phalanx 4

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Here are a couple of WIP shots of the Theban phalanx for Sunday. This will represent the very deep Theban phalanx used at Leuctra. The bases are only part painted and also need to be flocked, but should be finished today/tomorrow in time for the s…

Mega Phalanx 3

Posted on August 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

A quick WIP shot of the forming phalanx; all minis finished and varnished. Ranking up is always a challenge with animated minis like the ones I’m using here. Happily I am currently ahead of target for Partizan! 🙂

Mega-phalanx 2

Posted on August 11th, 2017 under . Posted by

A hastily snatched shot of Thebans forming up for Sunday-week’s mega phalanx. Here are the 70-odd hoplites (Lucid Eye, Foundry and Victrix) that will constitute the 6-deep formation. They are all in active poses – I want the finished unit to have a sen…

Thebans at the charge

Posted on August 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

I have around 10 painting sessions before Partizan and have been racing to finish what I’m calling the Theban mega-phalanx for Leuctra- it’ll be touch and go. Here are the shields- painted, varnished and awaiting their clubs of Heracles. The figures (n…