Sunday, 29 December 2013

Hail Caesar - first game

Yesterday my good friend Nick came down for our first game of Hail Caesar. Using mostly Nicks troops, a mixture of Aventine and A&A Imperial Romans, and Mark Copplestone's Ancient Germans, the game lasted over four hours but we were learning the rules as we went along.

The terrain was deliberately flat and both armies did their best to approach across my 4x8 table. Before we started, we took a decision to halve the move distances, as infantry moves are 6 inches and in some circumstances could move up to 3 times in one turn. In the first few turns the Romans centre command failed to execute their given orders, so the first engagements were with the cavalry on both flanks. First blood was to the Germans with the cavalry on their left seeing off their Auxiliary opponents, whilst A similar melee on the right lank became a more drawn out affair

After about 4 turns each, the inevitable mass melee occurred, and it was a pretty close run thing; whilst  the German Warbands had the advantage in the initial round of combat, the legionaries held firm, the auxiliaries did less well. Slowly but surely the Germans lost ground and several units became shaken before breaking. 

The game was thoroughly enjoyable, and just what both of us needed to inspire us to go away and have a closer read through of the rules before a second game. 

Verdict on the rules? Well after one game I think it's too early to judge,  but I am biased towards rules that don't require singularly based figures to enable casualty removal anyway, so HC was always going to win my favour on that score. I like the command and control rules, simple to understand, in fact the simplicity of the rules throughout was a pleasant surprise. No doubt we missed some important aspect we will soon discover (how else would I have lost?) but a definite thumbs up from me so far.

This was the only Wargame I took part in this year, so my new years resolution is to not allow life to get in the way of just having a few more occasions next year to enjoy this wonderful hobby with some very good friends.

My next posting will be an update on progress with my own German Army

Monday, 7 October 2013

Some more Aventine EIR Legionaries....

...newest infantry unit painted last weekend for my EIR army.

For a bit of variety I missed in a few oval shields, I think it works. I love these later figures in Spangenhelm helmet. Bases and movement tray from Warbases, shield transfers from LBM. Figures are on a 60mm frontage x 30mm depth base, 4 figures on each. I like this arrangement for these figures.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

My Aventine Romans - the story so far

I finished a new unit of the Aventine Roan Contarii last weekend so I thought I better get the entire army out for one big pic. First, here are the new Contarii 

And here is the whole army ...

The running total now is 48 cav, 96 legionaries, 48 auxilia, 48 auxilia with bows, 8 manubalista, 12 slingers. Might get a couple more legionary cohorts and call it a day!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Foundry Late Roman

Here are some pictures of my Late Roman army -although I have taken pics of the individual units, I have set up my new Wargame table and am able to take some of the whole army

There are 6x18 infantry units, 2x12 armoured cavalry, 2x12 heavy cavalry, 2x12 light cavalry, 2x8 light infantry and 4 bolt shooters

Here is a close up of one flank -

And the other...

The plan is to double the number of infantry units (when time allows!)

Foundry Huns, Franks and Goths

This army was built in such a way that it be used on its own or parts could be used in my Late Roman Army. I am particularly pleased with the Hun Nobles, as I used some artistic license to mount them on A&A lamellar armoured horses, added Sassanid shields (because they were suitable eastern looking, and Lbms shield transfers

Here is a picture of all four Hun cavalry units together:

Here is the whole army: (48 Hun cavalry, 4x30 Frankish Infantry, 48 Goth/ Sarmatian cavalry):

Close up shot of the right flank -

Close up of the left flank -

Foundry Early Imperial Roman

I finally got round to taking some pictures of my completed 28mm armies. The first is my Foundry Early Imperials, one of my very favourites. I have about twice a many unpainted in the cupboard, so I may (one day) bring the  up to a full scale legion: as of now there are three cavalry units, four cohorts of Legionaries, and three auxilia (one of which are archers)

The first picture is of my Praetorian cavalry

The next two are conversions of foundry late Romans as cataphractarii

Here is a shot of the whole army:

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Dismounted Cavalryman 28mm

Dismounted Roman Cavalry - this is the Help for Heroes figure from Aventine

Aventine Roman Cavalry

During the last 7 days I have been indulging myself with these Aventine Roman Cavalry. Lovely figures. At first I thought he horses were a tad small, but I guess the Romans used ponies?

Shield transfers are, as always, Little Big Man

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Extreme Painting

It always amazes me to see people mount figures individually to paint. For years now I have been hot gluing onto 12 inch sticks! Here are some photos:

Undercoated black (halfords spray)

Drybrushed Citadel Chainmail

Starting to add colours

Shield and transfers added

Based, and first clumps of grit added

At total of 72 figures (4 units of 18) painted in one weekend!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

My Aventine Romans

Thought it was about time I posted some pics of these lovely figures I have been painting