Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Battle of Talavera

One more set of shots before the month is out. The photos I have included today are from a game that Andrew Parr and Adam Burke played in Adams garage. The game focased on a small proportion from the Battle of Talavera (1809). Adam has made all the terrain himself which has been a ongoing project for the last nine months. He has done a fantastic job and I hope to see more of his terrain in the future.

The majority of the figures displayed are from Andrews collection and come from a wide range of manufactures, ranging from Old Glory, Foundry to Elite Miniatures. I think most of Adam figures are from the Foundry collection.


I have also included a number of Andrews friends', Evans, superbly painted 18mm AB collection.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Late Roman Vs Saxon

Today myself and John Williams played a small game of just over 2000pts. John had not played for nearly one year so we thought a small game would be good. The figures I used were from a collection I had purchased from Andrew Parr in Sydney. They were originally for an Arthurian army he had put together. But I have since re-based them and set them up as a Late Roman/ Early Byzantine Army. Most of the figures are from Old Glory, with about twenty figures from Gripping Beast and Foundry ranges. The Saxon army, played by John, are all Black Tree Design and come Leroy Simpson's collection. All the shields and flags were hand painted by Leroy. I have to admit he is bloody good at putting a beautifully painted army together.

The battle itself went for seven turns, with heavy losses on both sides. In the end the Saxons proved to strong or my Late Romans and when my General died in hand to hand combat with the Saxon Warlord, it was all to much - my troops fled from the field and left it to the Saxons.

However what I had tried out, for my Romans, was to put a priest in with my veteran unit. That single priest will cause hated of the enemy and allows you to re-roll any missed hits (he also has two attacks) quite a handy figure to have in any unit.

Saxon and Roman cavalry clash

The Roman General, Army Standard and a unit of 24 Pedes, with archers attached all painted by Andrew Parr.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Vendel Macedoians

I was requested by a good friend of mine, Scott Robertson, to up load a few more photos of the Vendel Miniatures Macedonian Argyraspids. I have painted them as the famed 'Silver Shields' who saw many a notable battle in the last years of Alexanders life and the early years of the Wars of the Successors. The figures a very easy to paint and have good detail which allows for the easy painting. I have also included a shot of a Vendel Miniatures base and one from my A&A Miniatures phalanx, just to give you a comparison in the size difference.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Alexander Sarcophagus

After recently returning from my honeymoon, to Turkey & Greece, I was ask by a number of my friends to see the photos I took of Alexanders Sarcophagus. The photos I took were taken inside the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. I won't indulge to much on the sarcophagus's history, as I'm sure most of the people who view this page will already have a good knowledge of its history. The sarcophagus was discovered 1887 at Sidon and is one of the most important works from antiquity. It however is not that of Alexander the Great but is thought it belong to Abdalonymos, the last king of Sidon. The reliefs pictured, on the six panels, show battle and hunting scenes.

The above series of shots are thought to be that of the Battle of Issus, in 333BC, which shortly after Abdalonymos was given the throne of Sidon.

This shot was taken from one of the short sides of the sarcophagus which shows a hunting scene. The figure in the centre is thought to represent that of Abdalonymos.

The above photo shows another one of the shorter sides. It shows combat between Greeks and Persians during the wars of the Diadochi. The scene is thought to represent that of the battle of Gaza, in 312BC, and is likely where the owner of the sarcophagus died.

The final relief, shown above is thought to represent the murder of Perdiccass, by his officers, after a series of defeats on the Nile River against the forces of Ptolemy. Perdiccass if the figure in the middle and on his knees. The other bearded figure to his right is thought to be that of Alexanders half brother Arrhidaios (Philip III).

Late Roman vs Sassanid Persian

The shots I have placed up are from a game played by Carlo Pagano, last year in Perth. The beautifully painted Sassanids were painted by Leroy and are from the Gripping Beast Sassanid range. The Late Romans were painted by Leroy and myself and are a mix of Gripping Beast and Foundry figures.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Spartan vs Hoplite

Yesterday we had a massive Warhammar Ancients, 3700pt, game at Leroy's house. The table was small, but for a 'up the guts' encounter that is all you really need. Leroy's Spartans comprised of only four pike, four skirmish units and one heavy cavalry unit. Where as the Allied side consisted of nine pike, five skirmish and one heavy cavalry unit. But as myself and Peter found out the Spartans are very tough to beat, even if they are out numbered two to one.

As you can see the Allied line looked impressive, but after a few turns the two middle Spartan units, including the King, broke through the centre. Our General was run of the field and the other Allied units were not long in following. Not one unit of the Spartan phalanx fell. It just proves with a saving roll of 3+ and a WS4 and T4, they are very hard to beat. Again 90% of the figures were painted by Leroy.

Most the the figures shown are 1st Corps, with other units made up of Blacktree Designs and Navigator Figures. I will put up some more photos of the Vendel Phalanx soon.

All the best


Saturday, January 20, 2007

ANZAC Mine Sweeper

These are a few pictures I took of a mine sweeper, Leroy had made for a friend of his in Canberra ACT. The ship is to be used for the Gallipoli Peninsular demo game at CANCON. The ship was built almost entirely from scratch, except for the two guns and Leroy has done a fantastic job. Leroy said he would of like to do a lot more, but due time running out for the ship to "set sail" to the new owner, he was limited to what you can see now. So I hope you like the pictures, which probably do not show a great deal of detail.

We are also having a small Hoplite vs Spartan game tomorrow, so I will post some more shots in the next couple of days.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Spartan Vs Macedonians

My favourite period in wargaming in that of the Hellenistic Period, with the fall of the Greeks at Chaeronea to the last great battle of the Macedonians phalanx at Pydna, against the rising might of Rome. The photos from the battle shown here are of the final stages of a small campaign we ran in Singleton, New South Wales. The campaign was set around 330BC with the Spartan King Agis rebelling against the Alexanders General - Antipater. The rebellion was finally crushed at the Battle of Megalopolis, by Antipater and his phalangities. The Spartans were finally enrolled in the League of Corinth, where they would not play a major roll in the Greek world for a great number of years

My figures are the Macedonians and Greek allies and Micheal Edwards fielded the Spartans and their allies. The red Macedonian pike are the figurers painted by me.Three of my pike are A&A miniatures and one is Vendal miniatures The Greeks on my side were painted by Leroy Simpson, from Townsville and all the shields are hand painted.
Eddie painted all his figures which are mainly 1st Corps with a mix of Black Tree and Foundry figures. All photos from the game were taken by Victor Perry, another Singleton wargamer.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Lord of the Rings

The first game we were keen to play this year was a game of The Lords Of the Rings for my nephew, who was staying with me for a few days. All the figures are from the collection of Leroy Simpson, who is a very good friend of mind. The figures used were Games Workshop and were painted superbly by Leroy. He has changed his basing for his Ork Army from single figure to multi-figure basing and will do the same for the other side in the near future. He has based the figures this way to allow for a faster flowing game and also I think it looks and gives a better feel to the what JR Tolkien might of visioned the battles for Middle Earth to look like.