Saturday, 17 January 2015

Ptolemaic Civil War

On Tuesday, we played Ptolemaic Egyptians fighting one another as they continue their slide into degeneracy. The date is 116 BC. Aferwards, we decided that one army was fighting for one of the Cleopatras, and the other for a Ptolemy. It didn't matter which ones...
The first photo shows the right wing of Cleopatra's army, well stocked with cavalry and loads of peltasts ready to infest a town. Simon played the right half of this army.
The phalanx from the same army: all heavily equipped, although the morale of some of them is rather suspect. The usual expendables are out front.
The left flank of Cleopatra's supporters: a real mixture. Gordon in command here.
The relatively weak left wing of the Ptolemy supporters. Unfortunately for me, this is the bit I'm running...
Our central phalanx (Billy) overlaps the opposition somewhat to our right.
Graham is in command of our right.
A long side shot of both armies; Cleo to the left, her brother/cousin/husband or whatever to the right.
The action begins on my flank. My job is to keep all of that weight off the flank of our advancing phalanx, which we hope will win the battle for us.
A close-up of all that lot coming over the hill in my general direction.
The phalanxes do what phalanxes do.
I throw units forward with reckless abandon. I'm not usually as insane as this, but I reckon the best way for me to slow down Simon's lot is to cause a giant traffic jam.
The phalanxes close in on each other. We have an overlap to our right; they have one to our left. I am just going to have to hope that it takes them a while to kill our lone elephant unit on this wing.
Graham is doing quite well on our far right flank, grinding down the opposition a unit at a time.
How it all looks at this point.
My forces are disintegrating.
Badly. Or well, depending on which member of the House of Ptolemy you might be...
A close-up of Simon's advance.
Clash of the phalanxes. Which we are losing badly.
Graham is now advancing at our right.
A full table shot shows the moment of decision.
I sacrifice my light horse to keep the traffic jammed.

And then our army ran away. it's actually quite good fun to play a game you don't really care about - after all, who is bothered about which degenerate inbred scumbag does what to whom? In campaign terms, all it does is lead to further loss of power for Egypt as their armies clash in a needless bout of bloodletting. To the East, Parthia waxes mighty, and to the northwest the legions seem to be gathering...

Next up: nasty Romans in their province of Macedonia are attacked by Illyrian-type tribes in a mood for loot (114 BC). This isn't a period I know that much about, but it turns out that the tribes gave Rome a really hard time for several generations after the demise of the Macedonian state; this will be the first of several such troublesome encounters to come.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Last Legion of 2014

These guys have been finished for a while now; I just had to base them. However, taking photos of them had to wait until this weekend. By the time I get home on weekdays, it's dark again here in not so sunny Scotland. Anyway, here goes:
Eighty figures, a mounted legate and five dead 'uns - my standard legion composition.
Figs again mostly by Companion Miniatures, with man on horse by Navigator. Shield designs courtesy of Little Big Men.
My final tally of painted 28mm for 2014 was 711 foot figures; 110 mounted; and seven nellies. I don't think I'll come close to that this year!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

More photos of Gauls and Romans

Some more photos of the big game, courtesy of Graham, taken from the Gallic perspective:
Graham's own figures coming to attack him. These comprised the propraetorean command I was running.
Side shot of Graham's command at the start of the battle.
Another shot of them, this time advancing on the estate (and Graham's warband).
Vicious skirmish melee in the estate. Graham's warband waits patiently for the Velites to be cleared.
Graham's cavalry.
The combat on the other side of the field. Romans with their Numidian auxiliaries to the left, brave freedom fighters of Gaul on the right.
The main infantry lines as seen from Graham's position at the right rear of the Gallic army.
This is how the Roman legions' breakthrough looked to the Gauls. Just as well they had their own cavalry coming through behind the Romans!
A rather grand infantry struggle.
A closer look at the attack of the Allobroges warbands at the centre right of the coalition's army.
Nasty evil Balearic slingers with Numidian friends threatening the sons of Gaul. Well, much more than just threatening - those slingers were horrific.
A close-up of the nastiest troops on the field.