Saturday, 4 July 2015

Middle Imperial Romans

A week off work, and I was able to discipline myself not to start any new painting projects, but finish a couple off instead. The first is my middle imperial romans, A&A miniatures unless otherwise stated.

First the Heavy Cavalry. Based on impetus size bases:





Next the infantry, starting with a unit of Auxilia that is made up of Aventine metal and Warlord plastics. I think the figures fit well together and the plastics add a dynamic to the unit
 
The next infantry units are all A&A


 The Guardsmen above are my favourites. Next are the light cavalry



Artillery, also by A&A minis
 And finally the Heroes and Officer


The commander in chief

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Romans vs. Parthians - "To the Strongest Game"

After a long spell abroad, my good friend Nick returned recently and we were at last both free this weekend for game at "the Lodge". We were both keen to try another Ancients game, so Nick brought his Imperial Romans and I gave my Parthians their first outing.

The Parthian army consisted of 6 Cataphract units, 7 light cavalry, 2 "militia" javelin men and 3 units of light infantry slingers - all of this was shared out between 3 commands, with the front rank made up of the light troops providing a screen for the Cataphracts


This is the view of the Roman Right flank from the perspective of the Parthians. The romans had 7 Legionary units, 4 auxilia, 4 heavy cavalry and 3 light infantry. The table is 8'x5', and 150 points per side seems just about right.


Here is the Roman left flank, at the start of the game. As you can see, the parthian light cavalry advanced to steal the centre of the table.


First blood went to the romans, with their light infantry taking out a unit of light cavalry with some impressive archery

 

It wasn't long before the parthian light cavalry fell back and the legions and Cataphracts started to slog it out - here on the Roman left...



...this time from the Roman perspective,  in the centre



And on the Roman right flank


Next a close up of the action in the middle of the table. The Cataphracts, with their bonus to hit card for the melee couldn't budge the Legionaries. Likewise, as the Romans struck back, their pilums just bounced off the Cataphract armour!



This was a stubborn unit of Roman cavalry, holding off the Parthian Cataphracts, despite being disordered, then rallied, then disordered. The game went back and forth with several cohorts smashing into the flank of the parthians



In the end, the Romans lost 4 cohorts, and a unit of lights; but the Parthians lost 5 of their Cataphracts, one light horse unit, a general and had a demoralised right flank. 

The game swung back and forth for a long time, it was fast, furious and very enjoyable, but the Romans won the day! This was the longest game of TTS I have played so far, about 4 hours, but in that time we must have had 20 rounds. In keeping with tradition it seems, any newly painted army usually loses, and my Parthians were no exception. Ah, if only I could have used WRG Ireegular A Cataphract camels, Nick would have fled the field much sooner.