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Alea iacta est

Every now and then you win a game, lose a game and even get a draw. All this good and to be expected with any game board, table or otherwise.What is not so good is when its all the fault of those bloody dice! So its out with the old and in with the new!Will getting new dice make a difference: probably not however they look good and you never know what will happen when you roll the dice.Alea iacta est as Caesar is reputed to have said as he crossed the Rubicon.Cheers for now.

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A Load of Old Bulls - The Koreans invade Spain

Its Spain - and of course it's 6 battle reports which are as tasty as a Korean barbecue with added Chorizo and Manchego !The occasion is a competition in Pamplona, the home of the running of the bulls which was of course an ideal place to try out an army which may in itself be a load of old bull.But even more pertinently they are the Koryo Koreans and their War Wagon Wagon Train, a novelty item often overlooked in ADLG. Will the cunning Koreans make the wagons work in these six trucking good battle reports?The wheels are certainly rolling - will they come off, or will they ride to victory in Spain?

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Back to the Brushes 222

The great thing about painting figures for a Arab or Moor army is the adaptability of the main troop types. Spearmen, archers, skirmishers and light cavalry are easily inter changeable between different armies.This is less so with more specialist troop types and looking at the lists for the Granadine armies circa 1450 hand-gunners jumped out of the page as just that one.After trawling the net to see if suitable figures could be found, as only four will be required. No such luck.So what to do? Well Gripping Beast produce plastic Arabs and the Perry Twins produce plastic Late Medieval Mercenaries which include hand-gunners. Like many things the answer is simple once found: kit bash.The results are below and with a bit of milliput here and there these will do the job nicely.Overall, very pleased with these and and think that they  will fit in well once finished. Cheers for now

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Back to the Brushes 221

Spent some time with a brush the other night and started colouring in some more Moors.Supporting archers in the foreground for ADLG and Moor spearmen for SAGA to the rear.Another stand of Arab cavalry for ADLG in 15mm was also completed at the same time, however this isn't pictured here. These will follow soonish. Needing to settle back into a painting rthyme and start to clear some of the part painted figures on the table off. More on this and future plans in the next few posts. Cheers for now

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Galatians ! Faaarsands of 'em Sir!

With a shwoosh of clackers, and a dusting-ioff of the family jewels the Galatians take to the table in five separate match reports against the Romans, Germans, Seleukids (twice) and the (who the f--- are the?) Blemmye, in the post-tournament report from Bournemouth earlier this spring. There is of course the usual mix of captions, videos, both handy and unhelpful rules-related hints and poor quality humour throughout.This time however you also get a specially themed report of one of the battles which features extensive references to the 1970's Bay City Rollers knock-offs from Bradford, "Smokie" - not for the faint-hearted, so if you are easily offended please feel free to skip report number four!Go on - get your undercarriage out into the fresh air this lovely spring morning, lie back and enjoy these five fine reports !

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Back to the Brushes 220

After a week away from the brushes post Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge a return to the painting table shows the carnage left behind.With three major rebasing projects ongoing at present:Late Romans and alliesMoors for ADLG and SAGAEnglish Civil War in 15mm There hasn't been any space or time for painting.The top of the composite picture shows the whole painting table in its chaotic glory with a range of 15 and 28mm figures in varying states of painting.The bottom two pictures show the ECW (left) and the Moors for SAGA. One part needing basing the other finished.Hoping to get back to painting some dark age types this week.Cheers for now.

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Imperium Sine Fine 17

Rebasing or re-purposing as I now think of it can offer many opportunities and potential challenges to a gamer and painter. The Late Roman infantry below have been recently re-purposed from Impetus style bases on 120 x 60mm to 60 x 40mm bases for ADLG. Six of the back rank on these stands have been match painted to the rest of the unit, originally painted around 15 years ago.A recent entry in the AHPC IX these figures were surprisingly good to paint and have sparked off a Late Roman revival and change the bulk of initial planning for the Painting Challenge.Figures three and four from the left are the original paint jobs.More Late Romans to follow shortly as both finished and work in progress pictures.Cheers for now.

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How Far Jerusalem 1

The start of two armies in one; Late Crusaders for both DBA and ADLG. The miniatures are all from Gladiator Miniatures formerly owned by Black Hat Figures and now by Fighting 15s. These have all been a part of this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge IX and have been painted using block colours and a wash of Agrax Earthshade for tone.First two stands of spearmen showing Brother Knights and Brother Sergeants from the period between 1259 and 1273 when Brother Knights wore red tunics and Brother Sergeants remained in black. The papal bull was not popular and eventually over turned so that all Brothers wore red. The decals are water slide transfers and are from VVV. Going back to water slide transfers is quite refreshing and they still apply well if Micro Sol and Set are used sparingly. The shields are 15mm scale and the tabards are 10mm in scale.Crossbow and archers again from the sergeants.Spearmen and crossbowmen as they will be on the table for ADLG - the double depth is visual

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The Venetians @ The USTT 2019 - a Madaxeman.com Podcast

The USTT L'Art de la Guerre event is one of the bigger North American tournaments which in January 2019 attracted 40 players in teams of 4... including Henry "Tucker" Saglio who was kind enough to agree to be interviewed about his 5 games on the Madaxeman.com Podcast.The interview was conducted over Skype, so there are moments where the audio is a bit patchy, but hey, it's not like you've signed up to this on Patreon or anything now is it?His own write ups of his games also appear on the ADLG forum, and the lists he played against can be found on the Madaxeman ADLG WikiTucker's Venetian Italian Condottieri list was as follows:C-in-C (Gattamelata) (Brilliant)-2 Heavy Knight, Impact, Ordinary-2 Crossbow, Ordinary-2 Medium Swordsmen, Heavy Weapons, Ordinary-2 Light Infantry, Firearms, EliteCommand 2 (Sforza) (Brilliant)-3 Heavy Knight, Impact, Ordinary-2 Crossbow, Ordinary-1 Light Horse, Crossbow, Ordinary-1 Heavy ArtilleryCommand 3 (Ordinary)-3 Heavy Knight, Impact, Ordinary-2 Light Horse, Javelin, EliteThis po

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Northern League - 2018 Review

It’s that time again. Time to review the state of the Northern League; the wargames competition scene in the North of England. I suppose it is something of a landmark that the data below covers thirteen years of the League. 2018 saw the second year of the increasingly popular Art De La Guerre (ADLG) competition. It also saw the return of the Field of Glory Ancients & Medieval (FOG AM)

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ADLG: Northern League (Manchester, Nov 2018)

My third foray on to the Art de la Guerre (ADLG) competition circuit saw me make another trip to Eccles on a cold Sunday morning. Date04 Nov 2018 CompetitionNorthern League 5th Round VenueManchester ArmyLater Polish Army listList details Army number241 Army date1401 AD ResultsOfficial results grid As in the previous two competitions I was using a new army with quite a few troop types I'd never

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28mm Norman-era spearmen & knights

I picked up some great value Saga Norman/Crusader figures at a Bring and Buy a while ago, and have been working out ways of using them also for L'Art de la Guerre.For the Knights the answer has been to buy a few more mounted figures, based them up on 60x60's to create some extra bases, each with a single figure and two metal-shod strips either side of them. The Saga-based knights can then magnetize onto theses bases, meaning that I get a 3-knight base for the "cost" of just one extra figure.I'm not planning on using a full Norman army in ADLG (just yet...) but these guys will be a nice Christian Spanish allied contingent for the 28mm Arabs I'm planning on painting sometime next year.That allied contingent will probably need a couple of bases of Crusader / Spanish spearmen units, so I did pick up 2 packs of Crusader Miniatures Normans who painted up very easily and quickly.The men are all undercoated in black then quickly painted in a simple uniform colour, which barely shows as there is chainmail covering mos

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28mm Assyrian Generals for ADLG

Whilst an Assyrian ADLG army still sits in it's original shipping box almost a year after buying it in the Museum Miniatures January sale, I have been occasionally browsing eBay and other sites for some 28mm Assyrian Generals to use as commanders with the 15mm army.And now I've found some - and even better, they are Foundry figures!ASS005 - "Heavy Infantry Command 1" on their website, picked up off eBay for a snip and now all set to lead the Assyrians to victory (I hope...).My painting doesn't sadly match that of Foundry's professionals, but I did attempt to use the same sort of colour scheme, which will no doubt become a reference for the rest of the army once it's done.I also normally only put one figure on a base for these commanders, but with a blister pack with musicians and standard bearers who otherwise won't get used, and also realising that 15mm Chariots will never fit on a 40mm round base I just went for it and added all the figures to 3 Commander bases.This link will take you to a listing of 28mm A

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War & Empire Sassanid cataphracts

As well as picking up some Numidians at Britcon from West Wind's war & Empire range I also added a set of 12 of their Sassanid cataphracts to my collection.OK, I do have lots of cataphracts already, but none which were overtly Sassanid - so a blister pack of a dozen seemed like a good chance to add 3 units to my mostly Legio Heroica ADLG army, and to get some size comparison photos of the W&E cavalry as well.Here are the full dozen from the blister pack. The pack has (well, mine did have) more riders than horses, with a few officers and standard bearers to include if you want - which of course I chose to do.Cataphracts are a decent host for a Sub General in ADLG, so the standard and sword-waving chaps in the middle may well be an embedded Sub General with some regularity.Here are 8 of the W&E guys, with a textbook Essex cataphract unit in the middle of the line.The proportions are a tad different, with the Essex ones looking bulkier and having stumpier horses but bigger bodies for the men, but the

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Improving Some (rather) Old Pikemen

My Classical pikemen date back many years, and are some speed-painted Minifigs figures designed to be shoved together in multiple ranks and viewed from a distance..Rebasing them from DBx to 40x40mm ADLG bases has given me a chance to tart some of them up a little however.This has seen some given more colourful uniforms and boldly-painted shields - and others given Veni Vidi Vici shield transfers.They can all be seen in more detail here

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