Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Conquest of Greece Begins

Yesterday afternoon Myself, Jeff Smith, Dave Hancox and Dave Lowe played a great little game of Impetvs. The period we focus on, for building each side, was around 340BC with Athens and Macedonia struggling for control of Greece. Each side was close to 440pts (give or take a few points). The Athenian Army consisted of:
  • Five Large Hoplite units (three veteran),
  • Two Greek Cavalry units,
  • Two Scythian Horse Archers units,
  • Four Thracian Mercenary Peltasts units, and
  • Four Skirmisher units (two archer & two javelinmen).

Our Macedonian Army fielded:

  • Five Large Pezetairoi (pike) units,
  • One Large Hypaspists unit,
  • Two Thracian Peltasts units,
  • One Prodromoi Cavalry unit,
  • One Thessalian Cavalry unit,
  • One Hetairoi Cavalry unit,
  • Two Cretan Archer Skirmisher units,
  • One Rhodian Slinger unit, and
  • Two Illyrian Javelinmen Skirmisher units.

The game concluded with a Macedonian victory, however it was a very hard fought victory at that. The Hoplites proved extremely hard to defeat, especially the Elite hoplite units, who fought with a VBU of 6, where the Macedonian pike where only VBU of 4. The pike, which was able to combine three units in to a large formation and absorb numerous casualties without loosing their Impetus, was the only way to over power the classic Greek hoplite formation. 

The Light Foot (FL) Thracian units proved good solid troops for both sides and I think if combined into an army would give any army a bloody nose. They fought very well on the flanks of both sides and for the Athenians they help defeat the Macedonian cavalry and tie down two pike blocks.

The Athenian battle line, five solid units of hopilite of 24 figures each.

The Macedonian General rallies his troops

Four units of Thracian Mercenary Peltasts fighting for the Athenian side.

More Athenian Hoplites

The Macedonian pike block, five large units of 36 pike each. 

Macedonian Hetairoi Cavalry 

Macedonian Prodromoi lancer proved very solid in the first few rounds of the game but were soon shot down by the Scythian horse archers.

Caught with no where to run to the Athenian archers fought bravely before being destroyed by to combined pike blocks.

Athenian Hoplites weather a storm of javelins from Illyrian Skirmishers

Thracian Peltasts from both sides  clash.

Macedonian Pike

Thessalian Cavalry

Where did that elephant come from??

Scythian horse archers fire and then latter charge the flank of the Macedonian pike.

The Macedonian General is finally overwhelmed by the Greek cavalry and killed as he flees the battlefield.

The Scythian horse charge an expose flank, who in turn are charged and defeated.

The final few turns saw the hoplite and pike clash and fight bitterly for victory. In the end the ability of the Macedonian pike to absorb numerous casualties brought them victory.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Wargames Foundry Thracians

This will possibly be my last post for the year and today's post is of two warbands of Wargames Foundry Thracian's, which I have based for the Impetvs. The original figures were painted by Dragon Painting Service and were once in the possession of Mark Edwards, who in turn sold them to me about 10 weeks ago and stayed wrapped in bubble wrap till only three days ago. However I have since repainted the flesh (as the DPS flesh was to light), touched up the chips and re-based the lads for Impetvs. Hopefully some time in the next few days they will be fielded in battle and win victory.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Rallying the Troops at Gabiene - Antigonus Monophthalmus

Hmm what was I doing the night before Christmas........

I couple of months ago I painted two Antigonus 28mm figures for my good friend, Carlo, in Perth, however he was kind enough to offer one of the figures to me. Thanks Carlo your a champion. Then for the next few weeks I was wondering how I could base and use this fine figure. So two days ago I was struck with a thought to include 'The Great Old Man' with a couple of bodyguards and standard bearer, plus a large rock to stand on. The purpose was to create an small vignette of him rallying his broken phalanx at Gabiene. I intend to use him as a disordered marker for Impetvs or as stand alone figure. The Antigonus figure is from Gripping Beast Miniatures and the other figures from Crusader Miniatures. All were painted and based by me.

Have a great Christmas. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Dacia - Basic Impetvs

Last night myself and Jeff Smith played a nice little game of Basic Impetvs with Roman and Dacian Armies. The figures were mainly from Andrew Parr's collections, which he purchased from War Dragon, Dragon Painting Service and a couple other eBay sellers. Andrew rebased the figures for Impetvs only recently and now they have seen a little bit of war in North Queensland.

I only managed to take a few images from the game, basically the last five images on this post, all the other images were taken just before the game. One of the good things about the basic Impetvs rule set is that your armies do not have to be large and the armies are already written out for you, which means lest time wasted thinking about the composition of the army. Plus the rules are ideal for club nights with limited time. We have now played about ten games and have enjoyed the experience.

Our Dacian game played well, I (Dacians) seemed to have the upper hand in the first few rolls of the dice and managed to get the first few charges in, pushing Jeff's Romans back. However the Early Imperial Romans proved very strong with their VBU of 6 and in the end my lightly dressed Dacians fell in mass to the Roman pilum and gladius. I even thought my unit of Sarmatian cavalry would have  done a little better, but out of the ten dice I rolled no hits were scored...the story of my life.

Even though Impetvs does not require command stands we used Andrews' command bases to notate disorder.

The Dacian falx armed warriors proved though enough to stand up to the Romans, however they were too few in number.

Dacian warriors charge forward

Roman Auxiliary cavalry 

Dacian Command stands (above & below) which we used for disorder markers.

Roman Auxiliary Command stands also used as disorder markers

Warlord Games Praetorian (they did not see battle last night) 

Dacian warbands charge 

Sarmatian cavalry 

Dacian skirmishers stand their ground against Roman Auxiliaries.

With their warband about to be flanked the Dacians still put up a stiff fight but were soon hacked down.