Monday, 11 June 2018

Battle of Thermopolopolis 480BC.

Last night we saw a magnificent attack,a magnificent defence and a magnificent game.
Paul couldn't make it,so it fell to Dave and I to command the Persians,whilst Brian and Graham commanded the Greeks.


Top photo is the scenario,bottom is the table before any movement.

The game got off to a cracking start,with the Spartans(Graham) moving swiftly towards the waiting Immortals-we had bows,the Greeks did not,so Graham's tactic was to cut out the number of shots I could get at him(clever,and realistic ie Marathon!!)

On the other flank,Dave is attacking Brian's position with his Cardaces infantry and Axemen!
The Thebans had been put behind the wall because their troops were untried and I had given them a low fighting value and morale-Dave didn't know this,but was soon to find out!!


Top photo shows the even fight between Brian's Corinthians and Dave's Cardaces inf. bottom photo shows the Spartans attacking the Greek mercenaries-again an even match,and what a tussle!! Neither side could claim an advantage at this stage,and then...........................

A shout of victory(accompanied by a sort of jiggy "dad dance") from Dave heralded a break through against the Thebans,however Brian is moving his reserve Anthenians to block the Axemen!!-this is really going to be tight.

From the other flank,there was a cry of despair,as a combination of Spartans and Athenians manage to start a push back against the Immortals-so I instigated a forward move by my reserves,but I think I have left a bit too late-woe is me????

Yes!! woe is definitely me!!-look at the state of the Immortals-running for their little lead lives!!
The flank is lost,so it's up to Dave to save the day-send in the Royal Bodyguard!!!!!


Top photo shows Dave's use of his reserves,to finally break the resolve of the Thebans and Athenians-bottom photo shows the Royal Bodyguard smashing into the remnants of Brian's Corinthians and Athenians-hurrah!!-it was decided that,even though my flank had been destroyed by the Spartans(and their Athenian allies) the Greek position was untenable,and the Persians were the "masters" of the field!!

One last shot showing the magnificent Spartan/Athenian line,and the "running-away" Immortals.
We won't be playing for a couple of weeks,mainly due to me going off to sunny Corfu,so we'll have to catch up on a Waterloo game and a game for our sadly missed friend Tommy,when I get back.














































Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Game preview/Greeks vs Persians.

I have been painting (in-between sore eyes) furiously over the past two weeks,the 100 Greek Hoplites that I had ordered from Warrior Miniatures,and having finished them,I naturally had to have them on the board,and so the game of Thermopolopolis was born!!!


The scenario and table,as the "lads" will see it on Sunday.

Athenian reserve,with Spartans to their left and Thebans to their right-off picture,further right are the Corinthians.

A view from the Spartan-held far left flank,looking towards the advancing Greek Mercenaries and the Persian Immortals.

The rest of the Spartan contingent-looking menacing(as usual!)

The Persian centre and King's Bodyguard.

If he's needed,it means the Persian army is in a bit of bother!!!

Don't three hedgehogs look triple cute????

Roll on Sunday.


















































Monday, 4 June 2018

Battle of the Strongholds.

Because my eyes are not feeling too good today,I will just print some photo's of the game we had last night,which featured Romans attacking two Alpini strongholds,and it also gave me the chance to use my Warrior Miniatures Testudos-hurrah!!


Scenario and table,before any movement.

Testudos ready to pounce!

"Pounced!!"

Opened out and fighting the defenders.

I am attacking Brian's auxiliaries,on the Roman right flank.

The "ding-dong" cavalry battle on the Roman left flank.

The Romans(Paul's command) have captured,for a while, the stronghold!!

But have failed to capture this one!!

In the centre,the Romans are contesting every inch!!


End-of-the-game shot!The Romans failed to capture the strongholds and were being given a right old lesson in Fighting,from the Alpini.-well done lads,roll on next Sunday!

Aren't two hedgehogs double cute???














































































Monday, 28 May 2018

Msete's Kraal 1879.

Last night we fought this very interesting and fast-paced game involving British forces against the mighty Zulu army.

This is the scenario,Paul,Graham and Dave were the Zulu commanders,and Brian and I were the hapless British commanders!!
On the first move,Brian had to make a decision,as he was in charge of the relief column,either to keep going and rescue the soldier being held in the kraal,fall back to the relative safety of the camp,or occupy the hill on his left flank.............................

The decision was partly made for him,as his Sikali Horse and his NNC,took one look at the advancing Zulu horde and "bolted"-never to be seen again!!-so he retired back to the camp!!

Whilst Brian's troops are making their way back to the camp,shouting "sod you private Spottyface!", Dave is attacking the West face of the camp,and taking a right old "pasting" for his audacity-hurrah!!

Both companies,and the artillery are now joining in the fun-this is a walk in the park for the British(you just know what's coming don't you?)
In the background you can see that Graham's right horn is attacking the East face of the camp,and Brian is putting up a stout defence,but is coming under serious pressure from superior numbers!!

Oh dear!! and it's getting worse-Paul has decided,at last, to start moving the Chest in the direction of the South face of the camp!! -"why us?-'cos we're here lad,there's nobody else!!"

OMG! despite brave resistance,the Zulus have broken into the camp,and Paul's chest is attacking in earnest,the South face-Brian is fighting for his little leaden life,on the east face,but all is not lost-we can always sing a rousing chorus of "men of Harlech!!"-that'll teach them!!!!

Coffee time,and despite what I put in the drinks,things are still looking grim!!-Paul is even bringing up the Zulu reserve!!

"I wish to report a disastrous engagement with the enemy,who attacked in overwhelming numbers.........................."
This final shot shows it all!!
Well done lads another great game(if you were Zulu Commanders!) roll on next Sunday.

Aren't hedgehogs cute??







































Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Preview Zulu game for Sunday 27.5.2018.

This Sunday coming I have planned a grand Zulu game,so thought I would share the scenario and a few photographs to whet your appetite.........................


Scenario and notes to the British commanders(2)

Table before any Zulus are on it!!


Top photo shows the rescue column approaching the kraal,bottom photo shows the view from the kraal.

The Zulus have arrived!!!-left horn is making its way to their designated position,as is the right horn,centre and reserves!!!!-this is going to be bloody!

Chest,awaiting orders to attack,but not before the horns are in position!

The right horn-doesn't the rescue column look vulnerable????

This is all your fault,private Spottyface!!!!
Roll on Sunday.