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Casualties of war

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under . Posted by

Andrew Brentnall has been extending his ECW collection with some casualty bases- here are some of them, there are many more. We hope to make the battlefield a little less “parade-ground” than usual. Many will make it onto the table for his Edgehill gam…

2017 Flockathon- part III- Numidians

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

Last week’s Successors are all completely based; photos to follow. Above are the second and final plase of the Flockathon. This is (most of) my Numidian army, which has roughly doubles in size and been completely re-based onto 20cm BatBases. I hope to …

2017 Flockathon Part II

Posted on March 17th, 2017 under . Posted by

The first batch of minis are flocked and just need some more tufts, weed, flowers and a little dry brushing. I’m really chuffed with all the new Eastern light cavalry- I can start thinking about Magnesia and Carrhae, now, and one day perhaps even Guaga…

2017 Flockathon part I

Posted on March 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

With less than three weeks to go to my big Wargames Holiday Centre gig, I find myself with 700-odd minis to flock- the above are around one third of the total. I’m saving the joy of the Numidians for next week. The above include Parthians, Persian…

Edgehill at Chalgrove

Posted on March 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Alongside the TtS Worlds at the recent Chalgrove event, Andrew Brentnall ran a participation game of the Battle of Edgehill using his superb collection of 12mm ECW minis and the “For King and Parliament!”rules that we have been writing and developing t…

Stunning New Aventine elephants!

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

Chums at Aventine have produced some new resin elephants (metal tusk and tail) which I received samples of, yesterday. These are Keith’s pics but they are identical to the models here in the BigRedBatCave.The new elephants are the same size as the prev…

The "To the Strongest!" Worlds!

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

On Saturday we fought the third annual “To the Strongest!” World Championship in Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, hosted by the South Oxfordshire Generals.This year we had 29 players (up 12 from, I think, 17 last year). I’m afraid I didn’t take a great many pho…

We happy few

Posted on February 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

These happy few represent Henry V and the centre battle at Agincourt, and were all painted by David Imrie (Saxon Dog). Most are Perry plastics but I believe there are also a couple of his “Claymores” in there. I have simply re-based them on a Batbase f…


Posted on February 3rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

These are Foundry Casting Room Persians, which were superbly painted for me by Shaun Watson (Redzed). He has really outdone himself!The range is a partial one but could be combined with the Foundry Persians to tick most of the boxes of a Persian army. …

Cantabrian circle

Posted on January 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

Are you old enough to remember the Cantabrian circle rule in WRG 5th Edition? It must have made a big impression on me, ‘cos most of my light cavalry seem to be getting based that way. These light cavalry are circling to throw their javelins. These Gre…

Eastern horsemen

Posted on January 24th, 2017 under . Posted by

With the bulk of the new Numidians on bases, I’m now turning to the East. Above are four units of Parthians, three of Persians, two Tarentines and a couple  of units of Spanish. Most of the minis were painted by Shaun McTague except for the Spanis…

The To the Strongest! Worlds- a reminder!

Posted on January 17th, 2017 under , . Posted by

There are now just over six weeks to go to the third annual “To the Strongest” World Championships! These will take place in the quiet village of Chalgrove in southern Oxfordshire on the 25th of February 2017. The event is a friendly contest, hosted by the South Oxfordshire Generals, in which players get to fight three ancient or medieval battles during the day. We hope to have thirty or more entrants this year. The atmosphere is more good-natured than competitive.
If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring, you can choose your army from any of the official “To the Strongest!” ancient and medieval lists, up to 130 points (that’s 50 to 150 minis depending on the army, based for any rules system). If the list isn’t already written for your favourite 28mm historical army, let me know and I will write a list for you. If you don’t have a suitable 28mm army, mail me and I will lend you one from my collection. 
The 9AM to 5 PM competition will be a three round, round robin format using the TtS! rules (version 1.1 with errata). We’ll be using 6′ x 4′ tables, marked up with a 12 x 8 15cm grid. Cloths and terrain pieces will be provided but please bring them if you are able. Tournament ranking will be determined by how competitors do in each of the three rounds. There will be prizes for the winner, for the best army, for sportsmanship and also the traditional “wooden spoon.” Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and probably biscuits but no lunch provided. The entry fee is £9.
Alongside the tournament, Andrew Brentnall and I will be running a demonstration game of “For King and Parliament”, the TtS!-based English Civil War version of the rules that will be published later this year, and will be able to answer questions about it.
The “Worlds” is always a great event. If you can make it, please email me at the email address to the left and I’ll forward your details to the organiser, Steve Dover. We hope to see you there!


Posted on January 17th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I am jubilant because these command minis are just about the last required minis for my Numidian army. Here is Juba I, King of Numidia and his bodyguard of Spanish mercenaries. Juba’s Numidia was a strong kingdom, but no match for Caesar. Photos are cl…

Panzer Army Africa 48 BCE

Posted on January 12th, 2017 under , . Posted by

In 48 BCE after the Pompeian defeat at Pharsalus, Caesar’s erstwhile lieutenant Titus Labienus led his surviving German (and Gallic) veterans to Africa to join the Pompeian cause. They fought at Ruspina in 46 BCE, and later at Thapsus. I’ll be using th…

Elephant reconditioning

Posted on January 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

I spent a happy couple of hours this week reconditioning and extending my Numidian elephant herd. I have added two Agema elephants on the left (still awaiting mahouts). I had a hand in the design of these, and they are, consequently, the most accu…

Even more scruffy Numidians

Posted on January 4th, 2017 under . Posted by

Here are the next bunch of Numidian medium infantry that I’m currently re-basing and expanding. They will also serve as African spearmen in my projected Carthaginian army. Many were speed-painted by mate Greg Privat for our big Zama game of 2010, other…

Happy New Year, all!

Posted on December 31st, 2016 under Posted by

I have decided to see the New Year in with a little gentle basing- here are four units of Carthaginian veterans for one of the WHC games at the end of March. They are suitably grim- they have probably just heard that the Numidian cavalry have just defe…