Archive for December 2016

Iron dwarves painting update   Leave a comment

The models have been painted with metal colour and then faces painted with dwarf flesh then a face wash applied.  The bases coloured with codex grey and dark brown.  Next a dark tone strong wash applied to the base.  Spear shafts painted black.  

Posted December 31, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Painting update: Mordor catapult orcs and troll crew.   Leave a comment

Posted December 30, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Painting update: Iron Hill Dwarves   Leave a comment

They were quite tricky to put together but hopefully will be worth it.

Posted December 24, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Saturday 17th December   Leave a comment

Mike, Alex, Phil and Darryl played some SHORTER Christmas games.  First up was Nations the dice game.  Mike won but it was actually closer than expected with Darryl just behind and Phil just behind him.  After all that it came down to just one VP.  

Next up was a few rounds of Deception.  Again Mike proved the only murderer to get away through clever unexpected use of Hotel cutlery.

Finally we played a couple of games of Lord of the Rings journey to Mordor the dice game.  Phil won the advanced game with just one half of a Nazgul free Mordor box remaining.  

Lots of fun and Happy Christmas to all.

Posted December 18, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Painting update: Mordor Troll with Catapult and crew   Leave a comment

Posted December 18, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Painting update : Medieval Knights richly caparisoned!   Leave a comment

Completed the Medieval Knights project.  Quite pleased with how they turned out so might get two more another time.

Posted December 18, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Painting update   Leave a comment

Making progress with Knights and starting a new project.

Posted December 11, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

The Battle of Ctesiphon: 3rd December 2016; To the Strongest   1 comment

Mike, Michael and Phil refought our what if version of the famous Battle.  It is 363 AD and Julian and the Romans have crossed the Tigris and are attacking the forces arrayed before Ctesiphon.  However in our version the Persians have support from the advance cavalry guard of the Royal Army.

 

 

As night falls the position perhaps is looking a little better for the Romans after rescuing the situation on the right flank.  However the elephants remain undaunted and the VP total of 12 vs 8 counts against them.  So a narrow victory is awarded to the Persians.  They have stalled the Roman advance and will retire now to the City Walls.  For Julian with the Persian Royal army rapidly advancing and no siege equipment of his own to match the high walls he will now have to retire away from the City  in search of his Armenian re-enforcements.

Posted December 6, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

Painting update: Knights   Leave a comment

Still slowly working Knights.

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Posted December 6, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

Upcoming: The Battle of Ctesiphon 363AD; To the Strongest   1 comment

Julian turned down offers of help from allies, confident that a great victory at Ctesiphon would lead to the conquest of Persia (Image courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen).

Preparations are in place now for the Battle of Ctesiphon in 363 AD.  Julian the sole Emperor of All Rome has prepared retribution for the Persians for years and has now reached sight of the walls of Ctesiphon.  However his cousin has failed to arrive with the expected reinforcements from Armenia.

Facing him is the Army defending the capital deployed for battle ready across the Tigris led by the Spahbod Merena.  Clearly a strong force has been left behind by Shapur II the King of Persia to defend his capital.  Elephants with Howdah’s and fearsome Cataphracts  cause the ground to tremble as they advance, supported by large amounts of the dreaded Persian Cavalrymen in full armour on half-barded horses.  Behind them the Citizen Levy arrayed en-masse with sundry archers add considerable numbers to the force.  Whilst all around clouds of dust and stinging arrows create confusion caused by hordes of light cavalrymen.  All this strikes fear into the hot,  hungry and thirsty Romans who have already fought a long campaign to get thus far only to be daunted by the sight of the high walls and strong defensive position of Ctesiphon.

Julian, fearless as ever realising he needs to seize the moment forces his Romans across the Tigris and gives battle aiming to strike before the King of Persia can arrive with even more  reinforcements.

The Battle is to be fought in 15mm using two strong 270 point armies using the To the Strongest Rules.  Both armies are equally strong.   Julian has the pride of the Imperial army with him including a unit of veteran legionaries.  The Spahbod has clearly received some advance reinforcements from the Royal Army in the form of strong cavalry units for our refight

battle_of_frygium_27_july_363_by_amelian

The Roman Forces
Senior General: Emperor Flavius Claudianus Julianus General, attached, mounted, Great Leader
Equites Alares Scholae Cavalry, Javelin, veteran
Equites Alares Scholae Cavalry, Javelin, veteran
General General, detached, mounted
Legionarii Palatina Legionaries, extra bow, shock, veteran
Legionarii Legionaries, extra bow, shock
Lanciarii Light infantry, javelin, veteran
Legio Sagittarri Bowmen, veteran
Auxiliarii Sagittarii or Funditores Light Infantry archers or slingers
Artillery Ballistarii
Camp
General General, detached, mounted
Legionarii Legionaries, extra bow, shock
Legionarii Legionaries, extra bow, shock
Auxiliarii Sagittarii or Funditores Light Infantry archers or slingers
Lanciarii Light infantry, javelin, veteran
Auxiliarii Palatina Auxiliaries, veteran, extra bow
General General, detached, mounted
Legionarii Legionaries, extra bow, shock
Auxiliarii Palatina Auxiliaries, veteran, extra bow
Auxiliarii Palatina Auxiliaries, veteran, extra bow
Auxiliarii Sagittarii or Funditores Light Infantry archers or slingers
Auxiliarii Sagittarii or Funditores Light Infantry archers or slingers
   
General General, detached, mounted
Equites Clibanarri Cataphracts, Lance, veteran
Equites Clibanarri Cataphracts, Lance, veteran
Equites Cavalry, Javelin
Equites Illyricani, Dalmatae or Scutarii Light Cavalry, Javelin
Equites Sagittarii Light Cavalry, Bow
General, Prefect of Cavalry General, attached, mounted, heroic
Equites Contarii Veteran Cavalry Lance
Equites Cavalry, Javelin
Equites Illyricani, Dalmatae or Scutarii Light Cavalry, Javelin
Equites Sagittarii Light Cavalry, Bow
The Persian Forces
Spahbod Merena General, Mounted, Attached, Senior
Zhayedan Guard Cataphracts, veteran
Indian War Elephants Escorted veteran
Kamandaran Bowmen
Paighan Shieldwall, raw, deep, extra bow
Light Infantry Archers Light Infantry Bow
Camp
General, Papak General, Mounted, Attached, Heroic
Savaran Guard Cavalry, Lance extra bow, veteran
Indian War Elephants Escorted veteran
Kamandaran Bowmen
Paighan Shieldwall, raw, deep, extra bow
Paighan Shieldwall, raw, deep, extra bow
Light Infantry Archers Light Infantry Bow
 
Sassanid Cavalry  
General, Peroz, Chief of Cavalry General, Mounted, Attached, Heroic
Pushtigaban Cataphracts, lance
Pushtigaban Cataphracts, lance
Pushtigaban Cataphracts, lance
Savaran Guard Cavalry, Lance extra bow, veteran
Horse Archers Light Cavalry, Bow
Horse Archers Light Cavalry, Bow
Horse Archers Light Cavalry, Bow
Hunnic Horse Archers Light Cavalry, Bow, veteran
Hunnic Horse Archers Light Cavalry, Bow, veteran
General Friyek General, Mounted, Attached, Heroic
Savaran Guard Cavalry, Lance extra bow, veteran
Savaran Guard Cavalry, Lance extra bow, veteran
Savaran Guard Cavalry, Lance extra bow, veteran
Savaran Guard Cavalry, Lance extra bow, veteran
Horse Archers Light Cavalry, Bow
Horse Archers Light Cavalry, Bow
Horse Archers Light Cavalry, Bow

 

Posted December 1, 2016 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

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