Sunday, May 24, 2009

Elite Miniatures Early Napoleonic Russian Jagers - Painted by Ben Fiene

OK I'm back again after two weeks away - sorry about that but work sometimes has to come first. Anyway the images I have placed up today were painted and photographed by Ben Fiene, a customer of mind. The figures are from the Elite Miniature range which I cast here at home. They are the classic Peter Morbey style - well animated and designed for table top gaming. However now days they are finding it hard to compete with some of the great figures now available on the market. But when painted well, as Ben has shown here, they make for a great little army. The figures seen are Russian Jagers from the Early Napoleonic Russian range and I will have to thank Ben sending the fine images through and allowing me to place them up on the blog.

Code -R21 Jager standing firing

Code - R22 Jager kneeling loading

Code - R43 Jager officer

Code - R45 Jager hornist

Thursday, May 7, 2009

More Images from the Samurai Game as Promised

This was a great little game we played on the May Day long weekend at my house. Some how I talked Leroy into bringing over his entire collection of Samurai, plus his scratch built castle, for the game. However I did not play so the game was between Leroy one one side and Peter Power on the other. Both sides were fairly even with roughly 3100pts per side. However Leroy was down a unit of infantry - which I think he has just finished painting only today - the man is a painting machine. The rule system we followed was the good old Warhammer Ancients and used the Samurai listing at the back of the book. But we had to make a few adjustments to cater for the later period we were playing. For the handguns rules we borrowed from the Age of Chivalry booklet and also did the same for the small navel artillery piece. For the Samurai longbow we used the stats for the English longbow rules, giving then a +4 in strength when hitting armour, thus a -1 for the saving throw. I'm not sure if that was the right thing to do but it worked OK for the game. But anyway enjoy the rest of the images, I will be away for the rest of the month and will not be playing any games during that period. So I do apologise.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Samurai Vs Samurai - WAB

Sorry but I have only had time to put a few of the images up. I will write up a little blurb on the game in the next few days and put up some more images for you. The collection is from Leroy Simpsons fantastic Samurai Army. All figures are Perry Miniatures except one unit of Old Glory figures.



Monday, May 4, 2009

Ancient Chinese Vs Roman/Parthian - WAB

Over the years, like most wargamers, you always wonder about the what if''s and how you can change history on the gaming table. Well I have always wondered how those 10 000 Romans soldier, captured by the Partians in 53 BC, went against the Chinese - that is 'IF' they ever fought against each other. So anyway myself and John decided to give it a go. Each Army consisted of just over 2000pts each. John was of course the Chines and I played the combined Partian/Roman army. To make my army work I had to combine two army lists. One, the Parthians, I used the Nomadic Horse Army list and the other was from the 'Spartacus' supplement, as I wanted to make the army as close to the real period as possible. So all the infantry were Late Republican and the Parthians provided all the cavalry. In total four infantry units of 20, two mounted archer units of 12 and one Noble cavalry unit of 10. How did they go against the Chinese? Well i think they would have gone OK if my Army General had not failed his leadership test and caused most of the units around him to flee. Up until then I had John worried. But I do recommend giving it a go it certainly makes for an interesting game, however I think next time we play the armies will be double in size.

A unit Nomadic Horse archers move forward to cover the advance of the four Roman Cohorts.

Parthian noble cavalry (looking a bit like Sassanid Persians)

Chinese crossbowmen. Very deadly if you allow them to hit you. I avoided them like the plague and I think John only got one shot off before a Roman Cohort routed them from the field.

Chinese Cavalry - they fight well but the unit was too small and was soon defeated.

Nomadic Horse ans easily defeat Chinese light horse - weapon skill is higher for the Partians.

The Chariots are very hard to defeat or kill with missile fire. These guys had heavy armour, which gave them a +2 saving roll. However my boys did manage to stand up to the impact round and after. If you can afford it make you units drilled, so that if you roll well your troops will step aside and let the chariots through.