Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Great Night Of SAGA

Last Friday night we played two great little six point games of SAGA with a few of the lads at the club...Dave Hancox, Dave Lowes, Myself, Jeff and Harrison Smith. Jeff supplied the fantastic figures, Irish, Welsh and Anglo-Saxon and Viking as well as Himself and his son Harrison running the games. Great fun with some fantastic lads. 

Irish war hounds ran well for the first turn destroying a unit of six Welsh mounted warriors...but were beaten back on the next turn.

Irish warriors

Dave, his son and grandson pondering their next moves

Anglo-Saxons levy

Viking Warlord

Irish and Welsh battleboard

The Welsh Warlord striking down one of my Irish warriors

Welsh Huscals 

Welsh mounted warriors riding down my Irish lads...the Welsh proved deadly opponents.

Harrison giving a few tips to Dave on how to beat my Irish

Another unit of my Irish ridden down by  Welsh ponies 

And again....I hate the not really I love the Welsh just my dice rolling was bad.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Egyptian Army Command Stand

Just when you think your latest army is completed and there is nothing else to paint....'BAM' another idea jumps into your head...for me I need to do a nice little command stand to finally complete my  Egyptian Army for either the Anglo-Egyptian War or for the Sudan. These fine lads are a great mix of some Back and Beyond and Gringo40's figures. The chicken is from a 'Fram Yard' set I purchased a few years ago from Architects of War. I like to think these three are talking about their service in Mexico back in '64' with Maximilian.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rebased Scythian Light Cavalry - Tin Soldier

Since my return from PNG I have been slowly rebasing 100 odd Scythian warriors (foot and mounted) from WAB bases to Impetvs....a mammoth tasks but now almost completed. So far I have rebased four elements of heavy cavalry (CP), four elements of foot archers (S), one element of foot (FL) and finally ten elements of light cavalry (CL). Next on the table will be five elements of heavy cavalry with bow (CM) and another three light cavalry to to complete the army. It should look impressive once completed and will then be looking for the nearest Macedonian Army to crush. 

All the figures are again from the very nice Tin Soldier Scythian range and come in a variety of poses with three different head variants. The figures were all painted by Leroy Simpson about eight years ago, played with twice and then packed away in a cupboard until a few weeks ago. So hopefully they will all see battle again soon. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Little Basic Impetvs Competition - North Queensland Style

Four players, four armies, two tables, two battles and only one winner. That was how we spent our Sunday afternoon today, Myself, Jeff Smith, Terry Moran and Dave Hancox played a very small Basic Impetvs competition, with only the four of us. Jeff played a Samnite Army, Dave - Seleucid, Terry - Classical Indian and I - Bactrian. All very well rounded armies however as for many of us the game just came do to the roll of the dice. Jeff eventually cleaned up the game with two wins and 18 points. Terry came a close second with 16 points...those Classical Indians were tough. Dave followed up in third place with 15 points and I received the wooden spoon with a miserable 7 points...poor Bactrians they are fine army.

Scythian's playing the roll of my Bactrian CP

Classical Indian light Infantry

Bactrian Phalangites

Lovely basing by Scott Robertson for the Bactrian pike lads.

Indian General 

Another nasty Elephant

The dreaded longbow

And nasty chariots 

Jeff's Samnites and Dave's Seleucids clash

The Samnite light infantry were very versatile and damn hard to defeat....might have grab an army of them as well?

Dave's Seleucide pike

Samnite light infantry vs Seleucid lights

You would think the Bactrian heavy cavalry would roll straight over these guys...nope not with my rolling. It was the other way round this afternoon.

Tough nut to crack the old elephant against pike....I think I rolled poor on this occasion as well

Round two saw Seleucids against Bactrian and Classical Indian against Samnites.

A formidable array of cavalry (at the start)

Indians vs Samnites was a tough game for both Jeff and Terry. In the end Jeff took the lead with a 9 to 6 victory.