Posts Tagged ‘L’Art de la Guerre (in 6mm)’

Seleukid Dissolution – 145 BC

Posted on November 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

The year is 145 BC. Alexander Balas sits uneasily on the Seleukid throne in Antioch. The issue of his bastardy had been resolved through a marriage alliance with Ptolemaic Egypt, but now, as he grew tired of Ptolemaic interference, the court at Alexand…

The origins of Brexit – 1470something

Posted on November 5th, 2017 under . Posted by

Five of us got together to play an epic 400 point game of L’Art de la Guerre this week. Three of us played as the glorious suns/sons of York (War of the Roses Yorkists, two commands each), agains a coalition of  French Ordnance and Kalmar Union Sc…

The origins of Brexit – 1470something

Posted on November 5th, 2017 under . Posted by

Five of us got together to play an epic 400 point game of L’Art de la Guerre this week. Three of us played as the glorious suns/sons of York (War of the Roses Yorkists, two commands each), agains a coalition of  French Ordnance and Kalmar Union Sc…

The last battle of the Kalmar Union

Posted on October 22nd, 2017 under . Posted by

We got in another game of L’Art de la Guerre this week – War of the Roses (Yorkists), against Medieval Scandinavians (Kalmar Union). All figures are from the 6mm Baccus late Medieval range, with a couple of simple conversions on the Scandi side. Andrew…

The last battle of the Kalmar Union

Posted on October 22nd, 2017 under . Posted by

We got in another game of L’Art de la Guerre this week – War of the Roses (Yorkists), against Medieval Scandinavians (Kalmar Union). All figures are from the 6mm Baccus late Medieval range, with a couple of simple conversions on the Scandi side. Andrew…

6mm Mycenaean cavalry? Sure, why not…

Posted on October 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

Late Helladic horsemen, from Kelder (2012) fig.4The Mycenaean army list (no.30) in L’Art de la Guerre allows for a single unit of mediocre cavalry. I’ve always felt a bit iffy about the use of cavalry in Bronze Age in general, and among the Aegean stat…

6mm Mycenaean cavalry? Sure, why not…

Posted on October 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

Late Helladic horsemen, from Kelder (2012) fig.4The Mycenaean army list (no.30) in L’Art de la Guerre allows for a single unit of mediocre cavalry. I’ve always felt a bit iffy about the use of cavalry in Bronze Age in general, and among the Aegean stat…

ADG 6mm Cycladic Islanders/Myrmidons

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

Here is the first fifth of my L’Art de la Guerre 6mm Minoan army. This is a small command of allied Myrmidons (I am conceptualising them as Cycladic Islanders) to support my main battle line of heavy spearmen, archers and chariots. All figures are from…

ADG 6mm Cycladic Islanders/Myrmidons

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

Here is the first fifth of my L’Art de la Guerre 6mm Minoan army. This is a small command of allied Myrmidons (I am conceptualising them as Cycladic Islanders) to support my main battle line of heavy spearmen, archers and chariots. All figures are from…

ADG – Setting up the Minoan camp.

Posted on September 29th, 2017 under . Posted by

Having previously posted work-in-progress shots of my Minoan camp for L’Art de la Guerre (part 1 and part 2), I can now show off the final stages and the completion of this mini-project. I really should get on the purchasing and painting some of t…

ADG – Setting up the Minoan camp.

Posted on September 29th, 2017 under . Posted by

Having previously posted work-in-progress shots of my Minoan camp for L’Art de la Guerre (part 1 and part 2), I can now show off the final stages and the completion of this mini-project. I really should get on the purchasing and painting some of t…

Now this is interesting… Aegean DNA.

Posted on September 24th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Just read this small piece on Minoan and Mycenaean DNA in Science and thought I’d pop a link HERE.

Now this is interesting… Aegean DNA.

Posted on September 24th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Just read this small piece on Minoan and Mycenaean DNA in Science and thought I’d pop a link HERE.

Slowly, the Minoan camp comes together

Posted on September 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

This is just a quick work-in-progress shot of the elements of my Minoan camp that I have so far. I am still waiting on my Rapier order (not the first time I’ve written that!), so I have just been working off what I have already had floating around in m…

Slowly, the Minoan camp comes together

Posted on September 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

This is just a quick work-in-progress shot of the elements of my Minoan camp that I have so far. I am still waiting on my Rapier order (not the first time I’ve written that!), so I have just been working off what I have already had floating around in m…

Mycenaean/Minoan Camp for ADG

Posted on September 16th, 2017 under . Posted by

“Far apart from the battle were their ships drawn up on the shore of the grey sea; for these had they drawn up to land in the foremost row, but had built the wall close to the hindmost.”

Thus spake Homer (Iliad 14.30 ff.) of the Achaean camp at Troy. You might never have guessed it from my last post, but I have come to the realisation that my next project will be to build a 6mm Mycenaean army for L’Art de la Guerre. I once owned the same army in 15mm for DBA (v.1 or 2), but it was sold off in the dark teenage days when I turned my back on gaming. Back then I ran my army as Bronze Age Cretans or Minoans. I am looking to do the same this time, with a potent mix of heavy chariots, heavy spear and light archers (all to be bought, ultimately, from Rapier).

However, I’ve been pondering the problem of my camp. What makes a Minoan camp? Obviously, we just don’t know, but Homer can perhaps add some inspiration. The Minoans were a mercantile culture with far-reaching trade links in all directions. They clearly had significant cultural influence over the Cyclades which may also have been (probably was?) political in nature. They certainly had a fleet of vessels which could transport them across the Aegean/Mediterranean.

The so-called House of the Admiral at Akrotiri, Thera, was decorated with some splendid frescos which, among other contemporary representations, give us a fair idea of what Bronze Age Aegean vessels looked like. So what about having a beached galley as part of my camp? It makes sense – on the assumption that the sea is somewhere nearby, off table of course.

Unfortunately, no one actually makes a 1/300 scale (6mm) Aegean galley. After a fairly extensive search and considering all sorts of different scale possibilities, I’ve decided to try and make one myself … and so started my fourth and most testing Milliput experiment so far. I can’t say I was 100% successful, but I think it will do the job.

Starting with a 6mm Grumpy Chinese junk (a spare from my Galleys & Galleons VOC fleet, lower right HERE), I attacked it with my new and very sharp stanley knife. The junk has a square bow and stern, so these both had to be carved away to better reflect the graceful curves on Aegean ships. as my G&G fleets are 1/450 scale, I have always removed the Grumpy crew figure. Now that I am using it as a 6mm vessel, I was happy to leave him in.

Stiff card was cut to form the skeletal bow and stern projections.

Which were then fleshed out with Milliput. Some of the vessels depicted in the House of the Admiral have animal figures projecting from behind the covered cabin/tent. I didn’t have any appropriate animals, but I did have a spare 6mm harpy from Rapier Miniatures. As this will be a beached vessel in the process of being unloaded, I also put a couple of piles of sacks from Perfect Six Miniatures. There will be more of these on the base itself, around the foot of the gangplank. 

While I had the Milliput out, I also converted a Baccus civilian to give her the flounced skirt of an Aegean lady. I also trimmed back her veil and added a ponytail, and accentuated her breasts. It doesn’t look much now – especially not zoomed in this much! – but I think she will work once painted.


 After the Milliput dried, I went over it with a blade, smoothing out the hull and trying to capture all those graceful lines. 

Again, I’m not sure that I have nailed it, but I think the model now approximates the idea and I am happy that she is close enough to suit my needs.

I have also tried to Bronze-Age-up a spare medieval tent from Levan miniatures. My army is going to have a blue and yellow theme, so I’ve replicated that on the tent, and tried to also keep to the maritime theme with a swirly sea motif. Again, not perfect, but then, neither am I.😏


Mycenaean/Minoan Camp for ADG

Posted on September 16th, 2017 under . Posted by

“Far apart from the battle were their ships drawn up on the shore of the grey sea; for these had they drawn up to land in the foremost row, but had built the wall close to the hindmost.”

Thus spake Homer (Iliad 14.30 ff.) of the Achaean camp at Troy. You might never have guessed it from my last post, but I have come to the realisation that my next project will be to build a 6mm Mycenaean army for L’Art de la Guerre. I once owned the same army in 15mm for DBA (v.1 or 2), but it was sold off in the dark teenage days when I turned my back on gaming. Back then I ran my army as Bronze Age Cretans or Minoans. I am looking to do the same this time, with a potent mix of heavy chariots, heavy spear and light archers (all to be bought, ultimately, from Rapier).

However, I’ve been pondering the problem of my camp. What makes a Minoan camp? Obviously, we just don’t know, but Homer can perhaps add some inspiration. The Minoans were a mercantile culture with far-reaching trade links in all directions. They clearly had significant cultural influence over the Cyclades which may also have been (probably was?) political in nature. They certainly had a fleet of vessels which could transport them across the Aegean/Mediterranean.

The so-called House of the Admiral at Akrotiri, Thera, was decorated with some splendid frescos which, among other contemporary representations, give us a fair idea of what Bronze Age Aegean vessels looked like. So what about having a beached galley as part of my camp? It makes sense – on the assumption that the sea is somewhere nearby, off table of course.

Unfortunately, no one actually makes a 1/300 scale (6mm) Aegean galley. After a fairly extensive search and considering all sorts of different scale possibilities, I’ve decided to try and make one myself … and so started my fourth and most testing Milliput experiment so far. I can’t say I was 100% successful, but I think it will do the job.

Starting with a 6mm Grumpy Chinese junk (a spare from my Galleys & Galleons VOC fleet, lower right HERE), I attacked it with my new and very sharp stanley knife. The junk has a square bow and stern, so these both had to be carved away to better reflect the graceful curves on Aegean ships. as my G&G fleets are 1/450 scale, I have always removed the Grumpy crew figure. Now that I am using it as a 6mm vessel, I was happy to leave him in.

Stiff card was cut to form the skeletal bow and stern projections.

Which were then fleshed out with Milliput. Some of the vessels depicted in the House of the Admiral have animal figures projecting from behind the covered cabin/tent. I didn’t have any appropriate animals, but I did have a spare 6mm harpy from Rapier Miniatures. As this will be a beached vessel in the process of being unloaded, I also put a couple of piles of sacks from Perfect Six Miniatures. There will be more of these on the base itself, around the foot of the gangplank. 

While I had the Milliput out, I also converted a Baccus civilian to give her the flounced skirt of an Aegean lady. I also trimmed back her veil and added a ponytail, and accentuated her breasts. It doesn’t look much now – especially not zoomed in this much! – but I think she will work once painted.


 After the Milliput dried, I went over it with a blade, smoothing out the hull and trying to capture all those graceful lines. 

Again, I’m not sure that I have nailed it, but I think the model now approximates the idea and I am happy that she is close enough to suit my needs.

I have also tried to Bronze-Age-up a spare medieval tent from Levan miniatures. My army is going to have a blue and yellow theme, so I’ve replicated that on the tent, and tried to also keep to the maritime theme with a swirly sea motif. Again, not perfect, but then, neither am I.😏


Painting inspiration

Posted on September 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ll just leave these pictures* here. Oh, and also this useful link HERE.________*All lifted from the web – I make no claim to ownership or copyright.

Painting inspiration

Posted on September 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ll just leave these pictures* here. Oh, and also this useful link HERE.________*All lifted from the web – I make no claim to ownership or copyright.

Beyond the Pale – ADG in the 15th century

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

Last week I was able to introduce my mate Andrew to the joys of L’Art de la Guerre. He’s long had an interest in ancients gaming, but hasn’t had much opportunity explore it. Having offloaded a box of spare Baccus 6mm War of the Roses stuff on him over …

Beyond the Pale – ADG in the 15th century

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

Last week I was able to introduce my mate Andrew to the joys of L’Art de la Guerre. He’s long had an interest in ancients gaming, but hasn’t had much opportunity explore it. Having offloaded a box of spare Baccus 6mm War of the Roses stuff on him over …