The work is in progress again!Hello! I'm back. Thank you for all your patience. The nightmare is over and all have been moved. We are finally settled and what is most important I'm back to painting too! Today a few games we had the past month and I had no time to post reports here. Of course, you will get a second report from Big Waterloo game, but I will do it in a separate post. Witam! Jestem z powrotem. Bardzo Wam dziękuję za cierpliwe czekanie. Koszmar przeprowadzki zakończony. W końcu się urządzilismy i co najważniejsze mogę znów malować! Dziś kilka raportów z gier, które rozegraliśmy a ja nie miałem czasu na opublikowanie ich na blogu. Oczywiście będzie też drugi raport z Wielkiej Gry Waterloo, ale to w osobnym poście.1. Sudan.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Campbell HardieUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Campbell HardieSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWCFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Campbell HardieThis time we had a small skirmish game with Anglo-Egyptian (Peter, Alasdair and Mike) against&nb
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
I have, for now at least, completed my 10mm Early Macedonians. I was prompted by the forthcoming Men of Bronze to finally build a small force of pre-Philippic reform Macedonians - and army I always wanted but never got around to. MoB only uses a small number of units (4-6ish), but in order to have a range of options, I ended up with 10. By adding two commanders, I was able to make up a 250 point army for Hail Caesar as well - perfect for multiplayer games. Macedonian 'fast' division consisting of hetairoi cavalry, peltasts and archers. Macedonian 'heavy' division made up of the hoplites, Illyrians and slingers. I've previously posted a range of photos and details of the different units. For more information, click on the links: Hetairoi cavalryHoplites (and also here)PeltastsSlingersArchersIllyrians (and also here)ComandersBreaking the army down into Men of Bronze forces, I am guestimating that I could run a large Macedonian army, or reasonably field two smaller forces. Arg
To finish off my small 10mm Classical Macedonian project I have done up one unit of psiloi archers. Much like the Macedonian slingers, there are no literary references that I can think of which mention Macedonian archers. However, as noted with slingers, there is ample archaeological evidence that they were used extensively by Philip II (at Olynthos for example), and it is clear that Alexander the Great also made use of indigenous archers as well as their more famous Cretan colleagues (for example, Arrian Anabasis 2.9.2, 3.12). As with most of this army, the archers are from Magister Militum.The army has been built for the forthcoming Osprey game, Men of Bronze. However, in order to field the force - now ten units strong - as a small Hail Caesar army (a mighty 245 points no less!), I needed a couple of commanders. These two are standard Magister Militum figures - spares from my cavalry and hoplite units - with head swaps. They fit the bill well and will do if needed.When I get a chance I will take p
Following on with my quest for 10mm Illyrians, here is the result. A warband of Illyrians to support - or assault - my Classical Macedonians. Taking advantage of my birthday present - now I can hobby and be part of the family at the same time (thank you lovely family) - I decided that I would milliput over the belts on the Celtiberian bodies. I do find it a strange look - a chiton or tunic without a belt. But apparently it really was the style of the time.I decided to stick with bright and bold colours. This is partly rationalised by the thought that, as mercenaries, these likely lads might have liked to show off their wealth with a bit of brightly coloured cloth. Also, it'll help to further distinguish them from the Macedonian peltasts who are principally in brow and grey.
Thucydides account of the Spartan Brasidas' Macedonian campaign of 424-423 BC provides one of the only narrative descriptions of a Classical Macedonian army in the field. Indeed, it might be the only relatively full account; most references to the Macedonians at war refer to allied contingents - perhaps exclusively cavalry - serving in predominantly Greek campaigns. I've referenced the Thucydides passages previously when preparing my Macedonians (hoplites, other infantry).The account of the same campaign also provides us with the knowledge that Perdikkas II, the king of lowland Macedonia had arranged to hire a body of Illyrians, a group of non-Greek tribes situated to the north and west of Macedonia, renowned for their aggressive and warlike nature. "The victors [Brasidas and Perdikkas] now set up a trophy and waited two or three days for the Illyrian mercenaries who were to join Perdiccas. Perdiccas then wished to go on and attack the villages of Arrhabaeus [king of the highland Macedonian kingdom of Lynkos]
Starting off the new year the way I hope to continue, here are the latest reinforcements to my Early Macedonian army. I may be starting to over do things, but who doesn't like options right? The hoplites on the right in the photo above are the new lads. While the first hoplite phalanx were vaguely themed blue with lots of Macedonian suns, these guys are vaguely red, with thunderbolts to work perhaps as hoplites in the service of one of the Upper Macedonian kingdoms (such as the hoplites in Lynkestian service in the 420s BC), or as Epeirotes. The aulos (double flute) player out front is the 'leader' marker, indicating the centre of the unit for line of sight purposes where necessary.In support we have two units of psiloi slingers. There aren't any direct references to Macedonian slingers from the 5th century that I'm aware of, but the sling was fairly universal around the Mediterranean, and there is loads of archaeological evidence for units of slingers under Philip II (see HERE and HERE for example)
Back in October David Saltrese put on a Hail Caesar game which saw Romans vs Sassanids. Tony was robbed of a glorious charge which would have crumbled Gaz Merrifield’s left wing. Instead Gaz survived his right wing being flanked to take the victory!
Last Thursday I was invited to the Hail Caesar game. Michael S. just painted new armies and we were going to test them on the table. As the counterpart came Mike with his Ancient Greek collection. So we had Athenians vs Spartans clash. For this game Michael came up with some house rules we were also going to test.W ostatni czwartek zostałem zaproszony do gry z zasadami Hail Caesar. Michael S. właśnie pomalował nową armię i mieliśmy zamiar przetestować ją na stole. Jako przeciwwagę dla tejże, Mike wystawił swoją kolekcję antycznych Greków. Mieliśmy więc starcie Ateńczyków ze Spartanami. Do tej gry Michael przygotował kilka zasad domowych, które mieliśmy zamiar również przetestować.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Michael SchneiderUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Michael SchneiderSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWCFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Michael Schneider, Mike Evans1. Forces. Siły.SPARTA(Michael, Bartek)1 x Elite Hoplites5 x Hoplites2 x Hippei1 x Slingers2 x Light CavalryATHENY/ATENY(Mike)6 x Ho
My friends kids wanted to try playing a 'proper' wargame and from a choice of X Wing, 20mm WW", or a skirmish game they settled on the Battle of Hastings option.I opted to try and recreate the battle ground around Caldec hill and the Hoar apple tree rather than the traditional site. I used the Osprey Hastings book for the numbers with roughly 400 men being a standard unit, and the Hail Caesar Dark Age army list to make each division proportional, and the points to make the armies even.The book that got me inspired to create this version of the battle. Having visited Battles this battle location makes more sense to me.What I'm trying to recreateThe armies lined up. Ideally I'd have 2.5 ft more either side which would make the board size 8x6The Franco Flemish right wing and Williams smallest divisionThe Dukes Normans in the centreThe Bretons on the left wingEarl Leofwine's wingKing Harolds' centre and his left wing commanded by Earl GyrthEarl Leofwine's menKing Harold's men, with himself
Our Norman saga continues. Forces of Rolund has been beaten. His ally Rolf get killed and he had to withdraw to his lands. The situation was very bad. Henri together with bishop Luidolf moved their forces against Rolund. However Rolund decided to prevent this and send for help to his brother in law Rudolf the Insane and to Rolf's brother Reinar. Both respond positively for this call. Rudolf arrived to the Rolund's land soon after Rolf's death and took command over the whole forces as the much more experienced. However there was no news from Reiner, yet. Rudolf moved whole his army on the border of Rolund's lands to cross the way incoming army of Henri. For the game we used the Hail Caesar rules.Kontynuacja naszej normańskiej sagi. Siły Rolunda zostały pobite. Jego sprzymierzeniec Rolf został zabity, musiał więc wycofać swoje siły na swoje ziemie. Sytuacja była bardzo zła. Henri razem z biskupem Luidolfem ruszył przeciw Rolundowi. Jednakże Rolund postanowił temu przeciwdziałać i posłał po pomoc do swojego szwa
Our Norman saga continues. After last game (link here), my forces split off. Rolund move back to his land and Rolf moved to plunder Henri's land. That was mistake, as Henri's forces still were at full strength. Norman prince send his spies to track Viking. Finally they found them camping at the lonely hill. That was the opportunity for the Henri to destroy those annoying pagans. He moved his forces to catch them. He did that and they were lonely, but prepared for the battle. Henri didn't know, that Rolf is waiting here to join forces of Rolund, but no one knows when he will arrive. The battle begins... For the game we used Hail Caesar rules.Kolejny odcinek naszej normańskiej sagi. Po ostatniej bitwie (link tutaj), moje siły rozdzieliły się. Rolund wrócił na swoje ziemie a Rolf wyruszył rabować ziemie Henriego. To był błąd, ponieważ siły Henriego były cały czas bardzo silne. Normański książe wysłał swoich szpiegów, by śledzili Wikinga. W końcu odnaleźli go, obozującego na samotnym wzgórzu. To była doskonała ok
This weekend was Madicon and Big Dave Stud and I had been planing a clash of our Indian armies for weeks prior. BDS is relatively new to both Hail Caesar and army painting. but his minis looked good and his generalship was solid. What was to ensue woul...
Guns of August, in Williamsburg, VA. My game had no guns, but those of you who know me know how tedious I find the pops of powder compared to the ring of iron on bronze. This year, I would run a Trojan War scenario. In this scenario, as in the Iliad, P...
401 BC. While the legitimate shah, Artaxerxes, has gone east to quell a revolt, his brother, Cyrus the younger sees an opportunity to fill the vacuum. He declares himself king, wins the loyalty of Asia Minor and the Levant. Getting word of Cyrus' misch...