Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Gathering Storm...

As regular visitors to the blog will know, I'm currently working on a project with my gaming buddy Steve to paint up some armies for the Second Punic War. My Republican Romans have been steadily appearing in previous posts. Currently I have some triarii on the go, as I wait for my cavalry to arrive from Relic Miniatures. Rather than rob a bank I elected to have them delivered by surface mail, and they are taking their sweet time.

A couple of people have commented that they would like to see how Steve's Carthaginians are coming along, so with his permission I'm sharing the progress of his army so far. As you can see, the army is looking brilliant, and I'm quite intimidated. Both of us are playing mind games with the basing - I'm using desert bases to indicate that my army are fighting on Carthaginian home turf, while Steve has made it clear that his army is rampaging around Italy. The broken column is a nice touch.

I can't wait to see our armies clash on the table! Nice work Steve.

Oh, and I did manage to finish a general from Crusader Miniatures this week, so I'll finish this post with an image of the Roman general gazing with foreboding at the advancing Carthaginian hordes. 'At least there are no Celts', he says.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Roman Republican Army So Far

Back to school this week, but I managed to get another two bases of hastati finished from a box of Agema legionaries.

I'm eagerly awaiting a delivery from Relic Miniatures with some cavalry, but this is what my Project Zama army is looking like so far.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Triarii for the red legion

Yup, another unit of Agema legionaries completed for Project Zama.

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Couple of Kickstarters Arrive

It has been a great week for the arrival of Kickstarters. First up a massive heavy parcel from the Plastic Soldier Company arrived, containing their new game The Great War. I'm very excited about this and looking forward to getting it on the table. I've only had time to have a quick glance at the contents so far, but the quality of all the components is absolutely top notch. Lots of lovely 15mm PSC figures, hefty map boards and terrain features.... This is going to be fun.

If this wasn't exciting enough, I also received a big box of loveliness from Chad Ellis, the Generalissimo of Your Move Games. This was a kickstarter I backed about a year ago for the historical Battleground game. If you haven't heard of it, the concept is the game is played like a miniatures game using cards that depict units of troops viewed from above. I don't know what I think of the rules yet, but I backed it as a way of getting some sizeable armies to play games like Impetus, Sword and Spear and Hail Caesar, all in a couple of packs of cards.

So here is the haul in its entirety: a set of the Alexander vs Persia game with reinforcements, two sets of the 2nd Punic War game with reinforcements, a big pack of cut-out terrain, Chad's other games Hill 218 and Sector 219, some extra scenarios and some special large unit cards. Phew! It's like Christmas. And the best thing is that I paid for it all so long ago that the Duchess has forgiven me.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

More Principes for Zama

Not much to add to the title of the post really... I've started a second legion with red shields for Project Zama. Figures are Agema, as usual, with a few of their metal character figures thrown in. I particularly like the figure who has just thrown his pilum and is watching it in flight. Lovely mini.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

In Praise of Facebook

Every fortnight for the past 6 months I've been getting together with a few blokes on Wednesday nights to play games. I have finally achieved what I've wanted for years - a regular games club where I'm not teaching and supplying everything (as is usually the case at the school club). Instead, I look forward to our club - Odin's Night - as a chance to hang out with a great bunch of gentleman gamers and play relaxed games of SAGA, Battle Group and whatever else takes our fancy.

Why the title of this post? Odin's Night came about through Facebook. Last year I decided to make a concerted push to try to get a games club happening. Frankly, I really needed it for my mental health, so with the full support of the Duchess I started looking at the practicalities. The first problem was finding a venue. I investigated a couple of local halls, but found myself suddenly looking at considerable expense and the need for public liability insurance. Sod that.

Meanwhile, I put a couple of posts up on Facebook asking who was interested in a regular gaming club. Straightway I had a couple of former students, now friends, reply. What I wasn't expecting though was that I had two colleagues from work approach me to tell me their partners were into these sorts of games but didn't have anyone to play with. Could they come along?

After a false start trying to use a local gaming venue that suddenly closed down, we also found a home. The nice people at Good Games at Chatswood were happy for us to use a table or two on Wednesday nights for free.

Since then we haven't looked back. We have a solid core group of five or so, with another couple of blokes who come along when they can. So my suggestion to you if you don't have any regular gaming buddies is to put a message out to your friends on Facebook and see what turns up.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Res ad triarios venerunt

I'm steadily chipping away at my Agema Republican Romans.

In the legion of the middle Republic, the third line was made up of the triarii, the most experienced and mature citizens. Ideally, they weren't supposed to fight, but according to Polybius formed a bulwark at the rear of the legion, kneeling and presenting their spears. The Romans even had a saying 'it has come down to the triarii', meaning that a situation was desperate.

Anyway, clearly the triarii won't be needed in any game I play, so here they are lounging around behind their shields watching my principes and hastati sweep all before them.

I've also finished three bases of velites. One nice feature of the Agema figures is that the parts from the legionaries and velites boxes are fully interchangeable, so I was able to vary some of the poses.