Monday, June 24, 2013

Pyrrhic vs Early Carthaginian

An 800 point a side Field of Glory 2.0 game.  I ran my Greeks as Pyrrhic and faced Mark's Cathaginians.

The terrain was very agricultural with fields and vineyards everywhere and one steep hill on my left.  I deployed my light infantry on the hill and placed all my cavalry on my right, the centre was made up of four hoplite units and two pike blocks plus the elephants.

The battle started as I intended, but I couldn’t quite get all my forces in. 

My Greek light cavalry went down in a heap even with their general fighting in the front rank.  Nothing like rolling a three for the morale test and a one as the death role.

A bit further along and my slingers evaded successfully after getting the worse of a volley of javelins.  In the background the Carthaginians are moving more troops to their left.

On my left the Greek javelinmen tried to close with the enemy slingers.

It got interesting when some Carthaginian foot came up to support the slingers and the left most unit of Hoplites turned on them and charged them in the field.  They maybe disordered, but the Greeks had the Carthaginian foot sandwiched.

Back on the right the Greek lancers had seen off one of the units of Numidian light cavalry while the Greek heavy cavalry ignored the other unit of Numidians and started to face off against the Carthaginian cavalry which was pushing down the side of Pyrrhic infantry.

The right of the Greek centre had been chasing off the Carthaginian javelinmen and ended up engaging their heavy chariots in a bloody affair.  Pyrrhos himself joined in to help things at this crucial stage of the battle.

Pyrrhos made all the difference and the chariots were defeated after they forgot to break-off.  The main battlelines clashed at this point.

The ignored Numidian light cavalry on the right had made it round to the Pyrrhic camp by this stage, but found it fortified (and defended by a truly ancient stand of Peter Laing 15mm figures, put there for show only, but they kept the Numdians out).

The cavalry on the right is fully engaged.  Even though they had the numbers and quality it started out badly for the Greeks until they got support and finally overwhelmed the Carthaginian cavalry, effectively securing the right flank.  The Carthaginian light infantry is being chased by the Greek lancers, just out of pictures.  The Greek right wing commander had joined heavy cavalry and killed his opposite number.

On the left the Hoplites held the field while the javelinmen got into an inconclusive fight with the Carthaginian slingers.  The presence of the Hoplites secured the left of the Greek line.

In the centre it was a hard fight.  Pyrrhos had joined in but was killed, causing one of the pike blocks to fail their morale. The Hoplites and the elephants fought extremely well and broke their opponents, winning the battle, it was just a pity Pyrrhos wasn’t around to see it.  A true Pyrrhic victory!

FOG 2.0 played without any issues.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Prussian Generals

These bases finish off the commanders needed for my Napoleon’s Battles Prussian army, a corps commander and four divisional generals.  The figures are Old Glory and were a joy to paint.

I particularly like this last figure.  He's been given command of the reserve and really is not amused, wanting to be off waving his sword around with his fellow officers.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Finally got to see the movie Dune again, but oh my, how it has dated.  And so stylistic!  It was only after watching halfway through that I could relax into what my partner had referred to as a soap opera.  I have listened to the sound track (by Toto but with a central piece by Brian Eno) a lot and this made the movie very familiar even though I didn’t remember that much of it.  I had also played the boardgame a lot (the Avalon Hill one based on the book, not the one based on the movie – which I have not seen and only know about from doing my research for this post) and fondly remember much of the affected dialogue we used while playing. 

Information about the boardgame can be found here and here

Sadly I don’t have a copy and I see it sells for a premium on eBay.  At least I now have the book, just have to find the time to read it.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Terrain Sheet

I was looking through my blog reading list and saw a post about a game at the Canberra Games Society (I used to be a member).  Looking at the pictures I am thinking, hey, that terrain sheet looks familiar.  Going to my pile of wargaming photos waiting to be scanned I find pictures of the same sheet in use from what must be twenty years ago.

I’ve no recollection of what the game was, but at a guess ECW or renaissance in 15mm or possibly smaller scale.  I wasn’t playing; I just took the pictures for inspiration.

Here is the link to the recent post showing the same sheet still in use:

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Classical Greek versus Indo-Scythian

My Classical Greek army was born in the days of WRG 6th Edition – Later Hoplite Greek as the army was called by those rules.  It migrated to 7th Edition, but always performed poorly.  Apart from adding new units to be able to form Alexandrian and Successor armies, it mostly languished.  Of recent times it had only fought in DBA games.  It was with some interest and nostalgia that I chose to run them on Friday’s Field of Glory game (especially as I feel I am getting a better handle on the rules now).

The army is based on the hoplite, heavy foot armed with spear.  It was hard to get a photo showing them all.

This is my left wing as deployed with slingers, Cretan archers and javelin armed skirmishers to the fore backed by Thracian foot and light horse.

On the right was positioned more archers and javelinmen, backed by another unit of light horse and in the background the Sacred Band of elite hoplites and behind them the Thessalian heavy cavalry.

Action commenced immediately on the left as a mass of enemy light horse rode down the poor javelinmen who had discovered the fields to their front (now rear) were no protection at all.  The Thracian horse fought valiantly against the mounted bowmen, but it turned out they were swordsmen too and things were looking bleak.
The money shot – the Greek phalanx as it advances in the centre.
Right on the money – the Greek commander inspires his troops.
Thracians to the rescue!  The Thracian horse recovered and it was all over for their opponents when the Thracian foot hit them in the flank.  The left flank is stabilised, somewhat – the enemy light horse who had crushed the javelinmen went on to rout the Cretan archers who had failed to keep a suitable distance between themselves and the enemy.  The victorious horsearchers then went on to loot the Greek camp, but did little to affect the battle after that.
On the right there was a long battle between the Greek light horse and the opposing Scythians until they were able to bring up a second unit and take the Greeks in the flank.  However this was also indecisive as the Greek archers were secure in the vineyard and the Greek heavy cavalry were able to contain the enemy light horse even though they couldn’t catch them.
Back in the centre ... POOF!  This unit of hoplites collapsed in one round which was not expected.
As we can see in this view from the Scythian centre they had more of these killer cataphracts and elephants too.
On the left the Thracians continued their march to glory, overrunning the Indian foot.
Revenge!  Drilled hoplites take the over confident cataphracts in the flank – they had failed to turn to meet this threat and paid for it.
Finally the Greek main battleline gets engaged.  It is hard going.  The pond, proudly captured by the Greek rightwing javelinmen (their only achievement), interfered with the Greeks closing to fight and they weren’t able to initially use their superior numbers.
The Thracians, after an initial surprise – arrows can hurt – destroy the Indian archers and go on to take the enemy camp.  The slingers got in a lucky shot against the reforming cataphracts and they routed.  The other Indian archers kept up a mighty barrage, but failed to charge when they had the chance.
All over.  Another unit of Hoplite breaks before the combined weight of cataphracts and elephants, but note the victorious Greeks in the background.
A very exciting game with lots of action covering the whole table with just about every unit engaged.  It was a bloody affair and both armies reached their limits very close to the same time. 
It was wonderful to see my Tin Soldier Greeks in all their glory.  Having started collecting them in the 1980s they are truly ancient.
The Indo-Scythians are from Mark’s collection along with the terrain.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Miscellaneous 1/72 WW2 Plus HAT Russian Tank Riders

In making my selection of the just completed and posted Zvedza models in the local wargaming shop, Tactics, I came across these figures from HAT that I thought would make potential weapons crew.  Two have already gone to serve the AA gun.

In going through my spares collection I found a number of Russian and German models not completed (in many cases not started) and I aim to finish these before buying any more 1/72 scale WW2 stuff.  I also need to work out a flexible Crossfire, Blitzkrieg Commander and Megablitz OOB to guide my collection and will be using the ones supplied with Spearhead as the basis.  This will mean a base will represent a squad/gun, company or battalion.

Zvedza Russian 45mm Anti-Tank gun 1/72 scale

This is the third Zvedza model completed and very happy I am too with the quality again of this model.  I probably should not have gone with the cast base, but didn’t want to lose some of the moulded detail.  Extra crew are Esci.







Zvedza Russian 37mm Anti-Aircraft gun 1/72 scale

This is the second model of theirs I have done.  I am amazed at the high quality of the piece – its detail and how it fits together.  It was a bit fiddly, but the end result, secured by PVA glue, is worth it.





The extra crew are from Esci, Atlantic and HAT.




Zvedza German 20mm Flak38 Anti-Aircraft gun 1/72 scale – Completed

I love a finished model - apart from the statisfaction of completing something, you get closure and the magic as the model "comes alive".  The extra crew are from the second Airfix Afrika Corps set with the addition of long pants built up from texture paint.  There is one Hinchcliffe metal figure and one young lieutenant from the Airfix Luftwaffe set.