Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Western Franks Vs Norse

This next game was played on the following day, Sunday. Andrew Parr was in command of the Western Frank Army and the Norse Army was under the joint command of myself and Peter Hall. Both armies were fairly large, however the Franks were to out number the Norse by over 400 pts (a mistake of mine when writing up the army lists).

The Western Frank Army 4354pts

The Frank Army consisted of - 2 x Mounted Milities units (one with Dux and Standard Bearer and the other with a Bishop), 1 x light cavalry unit (Pueri), 6 x Dismounted Milities units, 1 x Mercenary Sergeants (crossbow), 2 x Liberi bowmen and 1 x Viking light infantry unit.

The Norse hoard surges forward 3973pts

The Norse Army consisted of -3 x Hirdmen units (one with the Kunnungr, the other with a Godi and three berserkers per unit), 4 x Bondi units (with a Hersir per unit), 1 x Jomsviking light infantry unit and 2 x Bondi bowmen units.

Dismounted Milities advance undercover of a unit of Liberi bowmen

Peter's and my plan was to try and break the enemy formations by leading with our best units and thier berserkers, try to destroy at least two central units and crush Andrews centre, while trying to avoid his powerful cavalry arm.

A unit of Bondi and Dismounted Milities lock shieldwalls

But like most great plans we had a few flaws and Andrew's positioning and great tactical skill countered nearly all of our moves.

Norman Light cavalry out flank the Viking line and move into their rear.

However in one of the last combats of the game there was a battle between both the Army Commanders and Andrew Dux was cleaved in two by a two handed battle axe, wielded by our Konnungr. Unfortunately none of Andrews troops even flinch at his lost and our Konnungr's unit was soon overwhelmed from shear weight in numbers. Our King fell and our troops withdrew from the field. Andrew was to win again - two days in row (next time Andrew we will have you).

Shieldwalls clash

All the Norman and a good number of the Vikings were painted by Leroy Simpson. The remaining figures were painted by myself, Scott Robertson and Mark Fry a number of years ago (about ten).

The Konnungr and his bodyguards charge a unit of Dismounted Milities

Monday, May 28, 2007

Punic Wars - (WAB)

Last weekend Andrew Parr flew up from Sydney to play a couple of games with the boys from Townsville. The first game we put on was a battle between the forces of Republic of Rome and Carthage. Andrew and Peter Hall played the Romans and Myself and Leroy were to try and master the Carthaginians forces. The armies deployed both totaled of 3700pts each and were both from Leroy Simpson's collection.

Roman Republican Army

The Romans fielded 2 x Triarius units, 3 x Princeps units, 3 x Hastatus units, 2 x Raw Hastatus, 2 x velites units, 1 x Syracusian skirmisher unit and 2 x Roman cavalry units.

The Carthaginian Army

Carthage fielded 1x Veteran infantry unit, 1 x Italian infantry unit, 1 x Celtiberian Scutarii unit, 1 x Gallic Veteran unit, 4 x Gallic Warrior units, 2 x skirmisher units, 1 x Balearic slinger unit, 3 x Elephants (more then allowed but wanted to make the game a little more interesting), 1 x Gallic Noble cavalry unit and 1 x Punic Heavy cavalry unit.

A Gallic warband with a elephant in support prepares to charge, while the Italian Infantry clash (and later get destroyed) with a Hastatus unit.

With the Carthaginian army looking so fierce and having won the imitative, our Gallic allies, almost to the unit failed to hold their ground and surged forward. This in turn forced the rest of our non-warband units to move forward with them. However we never really had a plan on our side and were just keen to get to grips with the Romans and spill a little blood.

Roman and Carthaginian cavalry units charge in - this was one of our only victories.

This however was not the net result as we were up against a veteran of many a battles - Andrew Parr. He unlike us had a well though out plan and we fell for the trap.

A&A Miniatures Carthaginian Command stand (figures painted by Leroy Simpson)

The Roman line advances

Our forces ended up being split in two and to true form he destroyed our units one after the other, our elephants were non-effective and our General ran. So in the end it was the Romans who split our blood and I think we only destroyed one of his units - what a slaughter.

A&A Carthaginian Heavy cavalry (shields and figures hand painted by Leroy)

A&A Miniatures Spanish allied troops

1st Corps Raw Hastati

Sunday, May 13, 2007

World War Two - Sydney gamers

A good friend of mine, Spyros Staikos and his brother George, are mad keen on WW2. They have been playing various rules set for a number of years and have also been putting on some great games. Most of the games they have been playing were played at home in his garage with easy access to figures, terrain and most importantly refreshments.

The photos were sent to me by Spyros some time ago and so I apologise for the lateness of putting them on the blog.

It looks like they have some fantastic games, with some well built terrain and painted figures to set it all off nicely.

The Struggle For Greece - 2

Before I went away we played the second battle from our 'Struggle for Greece' campaign. This time the forces arranged against each our were the John Williams Thebes' vs the combined forces of Leroy Simpson's' Spartans and Peter Hall Athenians.

Leroy's' small Spartan Army (all 1st Corps figures)

John's force consisted just 2200pts and with this small force he was to try and battle the combined totals of 3700pts, from the allied side.

The Athenian Army (1st Corps miniatures)

In the first number of turns John forces were able to inflict a minor defeat on the Athenians and forced their General, with a number of other units, to retreat. However just before Peter's troops were about to leave the table he was some how able to rally them. His units then turned back on to Johns over stretched forces and destroyed one of his hoplite units. This was the turning point for John. His over stretched line was to be pressed hard on both flanks. The Athenians on the left and the Spartan forces on the right. His Army soon broke and was force to leave the field. However this was not end of his Army. John withdrew back into the mountains to regroup and enlist more mercenary to carry on the war.

Spartan Command stand (all Blacktree Design and painted by John Williams)

Thebian hoplites clash with Spartan hoplites (Blacktree vs 1st Corps)

Ciudad Rodrigo (Peninsula Campaign Game)

Last month Andrew Parr and Adam Burke played another battle from their Napoleonic Peninsular campaign. This time their forces met at the fortress town of Ciudad Rodrigo, which controlled one of the two main routes between Spain and Portugal. Wellington laid siege to the town in 1812 and it fell without to much difficulty. In Andrews' and Adams' game the situation was a little different. The fortress had already fallen, to the English and it was now the turn of the French to try and retake the town.

From what I have been told (from Adam) Andrew suffered a major defeat (by two Portuguese battalions), first time for the French in this game and were forced to retreat.

The British forces are from Adams' and Andrews' collections

The French troops are Andrews' collection and most of the line infantry battalions are Elite Miniatures.

The terrain is fantastic and looks great, which is Adams' on going project and has inspired me to start rebuilding my terrain.

Just another short note Matthew Williamson from 'The Australia Napoleonic Society' is putting on another convention in September. If your are keen to attend have a look at the local club web page for further details