Sunday afternoon gaming

Socially distanced gaming outdoors in the glorious sunshine. Bit windy though, which means the terrain needs to be heavier.

Patrician Romans against Nikephorian Byzantine.

The battle turned into the normal Byzantine game of bloodless manoeuvre – why risk expensive well trained troops if you don’t have too. I had placed a large, difficult hill, which served its purpose in that by the end of the game I had one of my four commands bottling up two of his in a narrow defile worked well – unfortunately my other three commands still didn’t feel confident about taking on his remaining command – I had no rough terrain troops to contest the other edge of the difficult hill against his Ps(S), so was reduced to trying to kill them by shooting them off the hill, my Cv(S) didn’t fancy a frontal fight against his Kn(X), my Bw(X/O) didn’t fancy a frontal fight against his Bd(O), and I didn’t have enough PIPs to bring the Art(O) up fast enough.  Need to restructure the commands and PIP allocation for the army.

The Byzantine redepoyment starts as the Romans advance to clear the hill.
The Byzantines continue their redeployment (except for the infantry, who are on a work to rule.

Club suspended

Obviously the club is suspended at the moment, due to Covid restrictions. As soon as we are able to restart meetings, we will do so. Initially, we may have to chose 6 people who can meet and take turns to play, depending on the regs.

No club this week

This week being the 11th of October.

Apparently there is a jumble sale, we have just found out.  So the hut will be full of jumble…

Still still here…

Wow – haven’t posted anything on here for absolutely ages, but we do still meet as a club every Wednesday night, as advertised.  Come along if you are interested.

I should probably add a contact us form while I’m at it – I’ll see what I can do.

Still here

Haven’t posted anything for ages I realise, mainly because I have been away on business a lot recently, but we are still here and meeting every Wednesday.


Another great game of Maurice last night, although not sure if Dave would agree with that.
Really enjoying the rules and the constraints imposed by the cards: I did a big assault to try and break his line at one point and found my assault getting more and more desperate as I threw in more and more units to keep the pressure on him but was running out of cards. Finally broke through the infantry but had a hole in my line, he had cavalry opposite and I had no cards left so I had to stop and draw more before I could bring up my reserves. Fortunately Dave didn’t exploit the gap and used the move to protect his flank but I think if he had I would have lost the game.
The card mechanism gives it a great tempo and forces you to cope like a
real general and also gives those pause that battles seem to have while nothing happens.
All in all a set of rules I am really loving. And the 6mm figures are looking better than I thought.

Ming Chinese

Chinese this week…

I’ve had a generic chinese army for several years. I think it has done service as Sui, Tang, ShaTao Turkish, CATs, CACs, Yuan and even Later Hsung-Nu at times. Anyway, I decided to take it to this year’s Warfare competition as a Ming army in the ‘Wrath of Khan’ section. It’s a solid army but usually suffers in Book 4 against the late European KnS/BdS/BwS monsters. ‘Wrath of Khan’ was fairly tightly themed – it looked like there would be mostly armies with CvS/LhS, in which something with heavy infantry might do quite well……

First the BwX. These are from the Outpost Ching/Manchu range. Quite nice figures in brigandine armour. The shields are scratch built from plastic – probably too big, but I wanted 2Sp/2Bw on the base (as single based BwX) and narrow shields looked wimpy.


Next the Halberders (BdO).  I like these guys- lots of movement- but the figures are big and it is hard to squeeze four on a base. I replaced the supplied halberds with something more substantial. The blades are made from 0.9mm bore syringe needles, flattened and curved with pliers and then filed down. You have to file the points down or they can cut large gashes in your fingers….


These are the Outpost swordsmen (BdF). The shields are transfers from LBM – I think the flower is from one of the Byzantine sheets. These are fairly versatile figures that often double as generic eastern auxillia.


BdF and BdO together…


Shot Inferior: the main reason for taking the Ming. I’d never used shot before, but they looked like a killer high-factor troop – ideal for dispensing with elephants and KnS…


Lastly some handgunners (PsS). I decided not to take PsS with the Ming (too many better goodies) but I use these in the Yuan version of the army. The figures are from Grumpy miniatures that I picked up from East Riding miniatures many years ago.


Lancers (KnF) and mounted swordsmen (CvO) from Outpost.


A general with some heavy cavalry (CvS). These are from the Outpost Turkish ranges.



Massed CvS and some unarmoured (CvO) horses above.


Heavy cataphracts. These usually are fielded in the Sui/Tang versions of the army, though I think the figures on the general’s element are from the Toullier Korean range.

Below are my favourite unit – Red lancers from the Outpost Turkish range again. These boys generally fight as Chinese CvS and usually do well…


Light horse – the first are Mongols from the Manchu range, the second are MoHo from the Tang range.

11_Mongols 13_MoHo2

More Grumpy miniatures below. I much preferred the mounted to the infantry – most of which I still haven’t painted up. The Ming heavy cavalry are nice though- I love the little flags they have on their hats! The halberd armed CavO are also nice. I like  the halberd – it gives a nice way to differentiate troops clearly on the table – CvS with a lance, CvO without.




Lastly the camp. For Warfare I wasn’t taking fortified baggage, but I made this lot for the Tang (who usually do). The tents are from Baueda, the wagon laager is mostly from Hallmark (supplied by Magister Militum) and the banners are LBM transfers. The baggage guards and the officer are probably from the Outpost Tang range.  It represents 6 x BgO surrounded by 7TF. The wagon laager obviously works since I don’t think the baggage has ever been sacked….




Well that’s it. If I find time I’ll write up how they got on at Warfare…






Classical Indians

OK, so longer than a week since my last post…

I was playing Toby on Wednesday and had dug out some of my indian figures for him to use in a Later Muslim Indian army. I hadn’t used the Indians in about three years. Under the old DBM lists the chariots were rated as iKnS  – which made them very powerful. The new DBMM lists have them as iKnX or iCvS which is far less attractive. Although the army is pretty powerful frontally, there are hedgerows that can outmanoeuvre it and any competent opponent can rip it apart fairly quickly. It is pretty though….


All the figures are Xyston – probably my favourite manufacturer. The figures are superb- lots of detail, and with lots of variety in each pack. Sticking on shields/spears increases the variety of poses even further. The archers in the pic above are Mountain Indians, as are the tribesmen to their right. Solid figures who reappear in many guises when needed (especially the tribesmen who morph between  PkF/Ax/BdF etc). The hordes to the rear were constructed from various leftover figures , including quite a few Athenian rowers!


The cavalry look especially pretty and I like the way the banner turned out (based on an illustration of the god Hanuman that I found on the web). Unfortunately as irregular CvI, they are good for little more than guarding the baggage.


I had fun painting the chariots – probably got a bit carried away with a bit too much colour. Mind you, having seen some of the painted lorries on modern Indian motorways, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were painted as gaudy as this.


I also rather liked the general’s ‘Grumpy Elephant’ banner. Hopefully the massed chariots at least look intimidating to any likely opponent..


Elephants, got to have a lot of elephants in any Indian army…. These  have three crew on top and bowmen/swordsmen below- definitely El Superior. The Xyston elephants are quite nice, but have long trunks and won’t quite fit on a 40mm square base  – hence the diagonal pose.



A general’s elephant with the parasol..


More infantry. The archers on the left are the more typical indian type (with fewer clothes). The shielded infantry are irregular BdI – shields decorated with various Harrapan/Indian symbols gleaned from Omniglot.


Lastly, a close up of those irregular Blades flanked by some clubmen (iBdX) and guardsmen (BdO). Behind the lads with the big choppers are the Maiden Guard…

That’s it for now. I’m currently trying to finish up my Han Chinese army ready for 2014. Also re-vamping my Carolingians. Will post pics in the nearish future.