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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 …

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…

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 show on Sunday. I’m very much looking forward to Partizan, especially as I want to see the stunning Crecy game that David Imrie and Simon Chick have been working on.

In other news, for “To the Strongest!” fans… I’ve just released a revised version of Even Stronger- this free supplement  includes additional rules that can be used with the To the Strongest! rules. This latest version includes changes to combined light troops, who may now charge formed troops regardless of how they are armed. I have re-written the light lance rule. There are extra sections on ammunition (including a very important change regarding lances and shock and lance chits) and extra weapons. Supported cavalry have become deep units. Artillery have had a boost with a new type – Artillery (field gun), and these and bombards are now very effective against dense targets.

The free supplement can be downloaded from:-

https://bigredbatshop.co.uk/products/to-the-strongest-even-stronger-updated-24-3-2017

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 show on Sunday. I’m very much looking forward to Partizan, especially as I want to see the stunning Crecy game that David Imrie and Simon Chick have been working on.

In other news, for “To the Strongest!” fans… I’ve just released a revised version of Even Stronger- this free supplement  includes additional rules that can be used with the To the Strongest! rules. This latest version includes changes to combined light troops, who may now charge formed troops regardless of how they are armed. I have re-written the light lance rule. There are extra sections on ammunition (including a very important change regarding lances and shock and lance chits) and extra weapons. Supported cavalry have become deep units. Artillery have had a boost with a new type – Artillery (field gun), and these and bombards are now very effective against dense targets.

The free supplement can be downloaded from:-

https://bigredbatshop.co.uk/products/to-the-strongest-even-stronger-updated-24-3-2017

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 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…

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…

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…

28mm Desert buildings

Posted on August 7th, 2017 under Posted by

Chum Welsh Raglan is trying to persuade Total Battle Miniatures to replicate this range of 10mm buildings in the larger 28mm scale. The lovely buildings are cast in light weight resin. They would be very useful to us 28mm gamers; I’m thinking Hatra, Pa…

28mm Desert buildings

Posted on August 7th, 2017 under Posted by

Chum Welsh Raglan is trying to persuade Total Battle Miniatures to replicate this range of 10mm buildings in the larger 28mm scale. The lovely buildings are cast in light weight resin. They would be very useful to us 28mm gamers; I’m thinking Hatra, Pa…

More Greek horse!

Posted on July 30th, 2017 under Posted by

Mea culpa- it has been over three weeks since my last blog post here.After a lengthy busman’s holiday on my new English Civil War blog I have returned from an actual holiday (Whitby) to ancients. Here are some Greek cavalry, painted by Nick Spelle…

More Greek horse!

Posted on July 30th, 2017 under Posted by

Mea culpa- it has been over three weeks since my last blog post here.After a lengthy busman’s holiday on my new English Civil War blog I have returned from an actual holiday (Whitby) to ancients. Here are some Greek cavalry, painted by Nick Spelle…