Roman Fort -2

On Friday, I received another Roman Marching Camp from my pal Mike G. of Hallowed Ground Terrain.  In preparation for his release of a new line of Roman Era wargaming terrain, I painted up a second (and complete) set of what is to be released.

It is Mike’s hope that between the painting styles that historical gamers and modelers will see the versatility of the product.  Sticking with tons of historical research, this Marching Camp is painted in mid-earth tones to represent a wide range of topography throughout Europe.

As was common with many Early Imperial Roman Marching Camps, sections of earthen sod were cut from the earth to form an embankment, with exterior ravine.  The embankment was then topped by a wooden palisade.  Well here it is for your review.

This is all of the earthen sections (10), gates(4) and turns(4) that come in the set.  12 sections of fence are included (4 shown).
This is all of the earthen sections (10), gates(4) and turns(4) that come in the set. 12 sections of fence are included (4 shown).
A detail of the turns, gates and fence sections.
A detail of the turns, gates and fence sections.
A close up view of the earthen sections.
A close up view of the earthen sections.
A view a gate section with adjoining walls.  The fences are not glued into place.
A view a gate section with adjoining walls. The fences are not glued into place.
Another view of a few pieces placed together (2 earthen sections, 1 gate and 1 bent section)
Another view of a few pieces placed together (2 earthen sections, 1 gate and 1 bent section)

 

 

Roman Camp

Well as many of you know, Mike Garner is the co-host of the Historical Wargames Podcast and one of the guys behind Hallowed Ground Terrain.  Well as part of their new releases, they are producing a 15mm scale Roman Marching Fort.  Well I agreed to paint up a few pieces for his display at Historicon.   Since I have to mail it to California, I only placed a couple pieces of the fencing in place.  Well here is the first one for your review.

View without fencing (1)
View without fencing (1)
View without fencing (2)
View without fencing (2)
View of Fencing and Gateway (1).
View of Fencing and Gateway (1).

 

 

 

 

Byzantine Light Infantry

Well, I have completed a 20 man, mixed unit of Byzantine light infantry.  The unit consists of 14 unarmored spearmen which are supported by 6 unarmored bowmen.

Historically, formations such as this were referred to a ‘Phalanx’, and consisted of multiple types of troops organized with spear/pikes to the front and lighter missile troops, which included javelin-men and bowmen in support.  Well here they are, arrayed for your review.

Byzantine Light Infantry- Front View
Byzantine Light Infantry- Front View
Byzantine Light Infantry- Side View
Byzantine Light Infantry- Side View

Byzantine Psiloi Skirmishers

Paint, paint, paint.  The love and joy of the wargamer is never done.  The labor and love, sometimes combined with frustration, are feelings most of us dedicated to the hobby share in common. After a disaterous application of an old can of GW Matte Varnish Spray to a freshly painted group of shields, with beautiful LBMS shield transfers… After cussing and having to throw 10 shields into Simple Green, a few hours later I started fresh and went with a much more simple shield design and paint job. Now my 10 Byzantine Psiloi are now done.  Here they are for your review.

Byzantine Psiloi (Skirmishers)
Byzantine Psiloi (Skirmishers)

Byzantine Light Infantry Command

Just wanted to take a second and update everyone on my painting progress.  It is with major disappointment that my miniature order from England was delayed and not all of the items I needed to complete my Christian Spanish will be ready in time for me to get it all painted before The Worlds 2014 in Germany.

So I broke out my Byzantines and began working on them again.  Since I hadn’t touched them in over a year, I was disappointed that I had so few done and so many more to go before I can relax and just play practice games of WAB.

Well here is my first group of finished command, complete with a banner from Little Big Men Studios.

Light Infantry Command
Light Infantry Command
Detail of LBMS Banner.
Detail of LBMS Banner.

B.U.A. Completed

Enfilade 2014 is now just a memory.  It was a great weekend, full of fun, laughs and DBA!  In addition to all the great games that were played, there were some smoking deals offered through vendors and the NHMGS -bring and buy.

One of the gems I scored was a 1:235 scale J.R. Miniatures Medieval Castle.  Now I wanted to keep it generic enough so I could use it with as many different armies as possible as a Built Up Area (BUA) for De Bellis Antiquitatis (DBA).

Unpainted- washed and prepped.
Unpainted- washed and prepped.

So earlier today, I took a couple of hours and painted it up.  Keeping it simple, I used a combination of washes and dry brushing to get it done without taking too much time.

Completed.  Dark tones and washes.
Completed. Dark tones and washes.
3/4 top-down view.
3/4 top-down view.
Rear side view.
Rear side view.

The Greek & Macedonian Art of War

A listener to the podcast recently sent me the following email:

I am just starting to get into historical wargames and want to learn more about Ancient Greek Warfare.  I have a couple of books from Osprey, but are there less expensive books for a beginning player with only a little background to read?

In response, I would say that there are many good books on the subject of Ancient Greek Warfare, but most tend to be hardbound and at times rather pricey.  One of my favorite books is now somewhat dated, but is still an excellent read-  The Greek and Macedonian Art of War by Frank E. Adcock.  The book was part of a series originally published by the University of California Press with a listed cover price (on my copy) of $2.25.  I am sure it cost more now, but several years ago I picked up a nearly mint used copy for $1 at a used book store.

The book is rather short, just over 100 pages of text and contains no pictures or illustrations, but it is full of fundamental information regarding Hellenistic Warfare.  I suggest you try to find a copy and read it.

The Greek and Macedonian Art of War
The Greek and Macedonian Art of War

Later Greek Hoplite WAB Campaign

Warhammer Ancient Battles Campaign– A few of us were recently talking about the possibility of getting a WAB campaign off the ground and thought Mid-Later Greek Hoplite (400-250 BCE) would be a great era to wargame in.

Remember, in addition to those lists that have been included in AoA2, there have been additional City-States added in the errata. Martin Gibbins will also be adding additional City-States in the upcoming errata which I researched and submitted.  You can find the rest of these states either as part of the Official WAB Errata or here on the website under the heading of ‘What About My Greeks‘.

Campaign Map of Greece.
Campaign Map of Greece.

A Day at the Home of the WAB Corner

Last Saturday, Dean M. invited me to his home to play in his epic scenario re-fighting the Siege of Haengju.  Now Dean has already posted a detailed narrative of the painful blow by blow on his blog and you can check it out there.

But I had taken some additional pictures that show the beauty of his miniatures and the overall scope of the battle, so here they are:

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The Castle
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The Koreans defending their village and shrine.
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Another view of the Castle and it’s defenders.
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Manning the first line of defense.
Japanese Right Flank
The forces of the Japanese (right flank).
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The forces of the Japanese (left flank).
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The Japanese center.
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The Main Body of the Japanese army shifts left as it moves towards the Castle.
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Japanese Cavalry covers the right flank against any possible counter-attack.
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The extreme left flank of the Japanese battle line prepares to assault the lower defensive works.
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The Assault Begins!
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The First Assault while courageous is repelled by the determined defenders.
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Disgusted to see his troops retreating, the Japanese General orders another assault.
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The Korean defenders are unable to stop the ferocity of the Samurai who successfully breach the first defensive wall.

Ultimately the Japanese breach the upper wall and route a sizable number of the Korean defenders!  Unlike actually history, today at the home of WAB Corner, Japan is victorious!  A great day and a great game.  Thanks Dean for putting it together and James for being a sporting opponent.