dark ages


Dark Age War and Conquest

After enjoying a couple of good games on Sunday Simon asked me to give him another game of War and Conquest, more a learning game than a match to the death, so I was quite happy with that. I went with two Romano-British forces both with Allies, the armies were a mirror of each other and were kept basic, no fancy stuff like elephants, chariots, cataphracts etc.Parking at the club has now fallen foul of the modern equivalent of belt and braces, the building in whose grounds I have parked for what, over three years, maybe four now has girls staying in it, so in order to keep them safe bollards have been erected to stop cars parking, it seems strange that no one has mentioned that possible monsters on foot will have no problems but hey, what do I know.Back to the good stuff. Simon lined up with some infantry way out on his right then nearer the centre his cavalry, Milites, Picts, Comitatus and Franks, I put my cavalry on my left then two units of Milites, Saxons, Welsh and Comitatus. It wasn't going to be a fancy

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The lads come through (just)

The last time I led my brave boys on to the battlefield was back in May, so when Mark offered to come up from Leicester for a days wargaming I could not resist, I did warn him about the roads but it didn't phase him so yesterday was spent playing War and Conquest.There are several sets of Army Lists going about for WAC, the original Scarab lists, Gravesend lists and my own (carefully researched for my armies). Mark wanted to use the originals so no real problem for me as the one army I have not researched is the Seleucids and am happy to go with what everyone uses. The Patrician Romans are different, my own list differs in some respects, although I agree with Scarab's use of light armour for all the Roman formations as there is an historical argument for this, but I do not agree that there are no elite foot troops available the Palatini are average in this list and the bulk less so. This feeds from the fact that the Western part of the Empire was defeated hence their soldiers had to be rubbish, there were a l

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Charlie Foxtrot Counters

Ive bought a few bits off Charlie Foxtrot and have always had good service and the bits Ive bought have always been nice ,but I ordered a few shieldwall markers off them and I really like these ,even though they are simple designs I suppose ,I will use them in my clash of Empire games you get 8 of the triple shield markers for £1.75 a real bargain .in front of some Artisan,Gripping Beast and Footsore Vikingsa good size ,thick enough to pick up easily and tough enough to last

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Clash Of Empires

With our recent conversion to Great Escape Games Rule sets ,Rules of Engagement for ww2 and 1914 for WW1 &7 Days to the Rhine for the cold war period ,it only had to be a matter of time before we looked at Clash of Empires for Ancients and Dark Ages .I must admit my wargaming buddy John bought them a while ago for his Romans and Brits but when I read a review stating they could be used for the Dark Ages and medievils I took th plunge and I am glad I did , I got the main rule book and the Age of Ravens supplement for the Dark Ages .The main Rule book is an hard cover ,full colour book packed with rules ,advanced rules and army lists & scenarios , a full index and list of figure manufacturers ,they are laid out really well with the pages colour coded for each section such as movement and combat they are 192 pages long with the army lists covering Early Imperial Rome ,Germans,British,Caledonian & Dacien.The Supplement is again hardback ,split into 3 sections Wolves unto the fold ,covering the early D

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Breton Coloni

Off the desk this week some Breton peons, adding to my Dark Age Domnonée army, this base could also be used as Franks, Anjou-Maine or Normans.28mm Gripping beast plastics with some Victrix heads and hands, plus some metal sheilds, several more units not to far away from completion.CheersMatt

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28mm Armorican Domnonée skirmishers

Off the table this week some more 28mm Foootsore miniatures for my Armorican Domnonée Breton army. These figures represent the wild forest valleys and mountains around Saint James and Mortain in South western Normandy. The language today is still very different in this area of France. They held onto their old religious beliefs the longest and resisted the Christian church until well into the 7th century according to Abbot Angot. They raided along the Frankish border of Maine (Mayenne, Oren and Sartre) troubling the  Marcher Lords of Maine, perhaps even the famous Roland Lord of Maine.CheersMatt

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28mm Armorican/Breton warriors

 I recently purchased a collection of dark age figures and a number were Footsore miniatures Welsh and Irish, while the remainder were gripping beast plastics.Recently I have read some interesting articles about some of the early kings after the departure of the Romans, the spread of Christianity, the arrival of the Alans, then the Franks, the coming of the Viking invaders, then the Normans.I had planned to build a Breton army so with a little thought I could build something to represent Breton Dark age army from the 5th century through to the 11th by swapping out a few units it could fight Alan's, Late Romans, Franks, Vikings and Normans. We have six major battlefield sites within a hours drive from late Roman through to the Norman conquest, and a further 11 battlefields within two hours. I plan to develop some tours and wargame events around these sites.First off the desk some Domnomée skirmishers. The kingdom of Domnonée seemed to have major ties with Britain, even sharing the same king at one time. T

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The new Dux has been chosen

And it became Arne, who broke the 17 Reknown barrier and couldn't be ousted from it in the final month.Congratulations mate on this well deserved victory after a year of bloody campaigning.And thanks to Willie for running the whole shabang, which wasn't an easy job with all us hotheads in there x-DI myself stranded on second place, not to shabby at all for a newbie.Arne met 19 puntenTomsche     15Tonny        14Glenn        13Erik            10Ruben        7Joeri           6Dimitri        6Pierre        6Richard     5 David        4There might be a new campaign next year after the club moves, but that won't be for me to be honest, I'm not a fan of the whole Dux gamesystem I must say.  It has some serious loopholes

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The Dogs of War

Another small set of "scatter terrain animals" in this post today.I had these models for ages, and finally gotten around to restoring and repainting them after they served in my Chaos Dwarf / Hobgoblin force a decade ago.A variety of breeds, these 28mm scale dogs are great to populate villages in games of SAGA and the likes.Nothing to spectacular, but I adore the English Bulldog ;-)

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SAGA, slaughter and a surprise

Summer has not yet caught up with the north of England and I braved the cold and rain to go to the club last night. I was fighting my first SAGA game of the club campaign, my Saxons had decided to attack the Pagan Rus, my Byzantines have raided the Carolingians and this will be fought in two weeks.Dan who is running the campaign helped with the set up and we had to kill each others Warlord to win the game, I don't think this is easy in SAGA but I may be wrong, I set up with the Warlord and his Hearthguard on my right and Warriors and bow armed Levy on my left, Paul had Javelins and Warriors facing my left and his Warlord, Hearthguard and Javelins on my right. I got nowhere with my archers so had to move them forward while I put my Hearthguard in defensive ground to their front, the Warlord started inching towards my left.Paul was aggressive and attacked my Levy, his men lost the fight and were then attacked by my Warlord who slaughtered most of them and caused the survivors to retreat, I now had the upperhand

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Where is my money? Gdzie są moje pieniądze?

Hi! Today we had a game last Thursday. We returned to our saga. As you remember from our last game Henri the Red get killed and Bishop Luitpold Der Fette get captured. It was great victory for joint forces of Rolund, Rudolf the Insane and Reiner. That massive army need money and bishop promised to pay for his freedom a lot of money. Victorious commanders agreed for that conditions and set him free. The promised money should arrived in one month time, but didn't. Now the commanders decided to pay a visit in Fetthausen, where bishop live. They don't know that bishop called Henri II son, Henri III for help... For game we used Hail Caesar! rules. Witam! Dzisiaj gra, którą rozegraliśmy w zeszły czwartek. Powróciliśmy do naszej sagi. Jak zapewne pamiętacie podczas ostatniej gry Henryk Rudy został zabity a biskup Luitpold Gruby dostał się do niewoli. Było to wielkie zwycięstwo dla Rolunda, Rudolfa Szalonego i Reinera. Ta duża armia wymagała jednak zapłaty i biskup obiecał zapłacić olbrzymią kwotę za swoją wolno

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Sunday (Second Day)

Early doors again for our last day, due to the lousy state of Britain's roads and the M6 motorway in particular I decided to only have one game on the Sunday so that Mark and Mike could get home at a decent time, yes, that's where we are today, just wait till the lights start to go out as well, but I digress. It was Carolingians vs Normans for Stewart and Mark and a Roman clash between Mike's Legion and the Thunderbolts under my command now. I was looking forward to this as I have not led the Twelfth for some time now.Once deployed I thought Mike's centre looked weak, it consisted of auxiliary troops, archers and infantry, the large archer units could cause a problem but once engaged they should fall to proper legionary's. I would use my Lanciari to threaten his right and hold back my left where he had put some of his legionary cohorts, hopefully this would not fall until I had knocked out the centre. Mike's idea was obviously to fall on my left and roll up the line.Right from the start "there is something wr

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Saturday (First Day)

 The small War and Conquest weekend I had planned started with the arrival of Stewart for a bite to eat at about 0800, then Mike and Mark from the Leicester area at 0900 replete from a Premier Inn breakfast. Introductions were made and we got right into the swing of things, Stewart and Mike had a Roman clash (Stewart out of his depth commanding the Twelfth) while I faced off against Mark's Normans with my Patrician Romans. I have fought Normans a few times and have never beaten them, in fact I was pulverised on both occasions so I approached this game with some trepidation, my infantry were outclassed by the enemy, apart from one unit of Auxilia Palitina, however my cavalry were very good. Let battle commence.I decided to attack on my left and hold back my right until I had sorted out the Norman flanking force, hopefully by shooting them to death, meanwhile if I could get near the massed archers I should be able to beat them in hand to hand combat. Things went well if slowly on my left, Mark's skirmisher

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