Showing posts with label WAB - Chariot Wars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WAB - Chariot Wars. Show all posts

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Nothing But a Bit More Re-Basing Going On

Nothing much with the tip of a paintbrush going on here - just a bunch of re-basing of various figures onto 40mm square Litko bases. The hardest part was removing the figures from metal washers using an X-Acto knife. Some of the figures, particularly the plastic Warlord Games EIR, were surprisingly well-bonded with super-glue. What was even more surprising was I managed to accomplish all of the removals without serious injury. Only the thumb of the hand which wielded the knife suffered a slight numbness for a while afterwards.
In the foreground are Crusader Saxon Huscarls, followed by a handful of Newline Sea Peoples, and finally Warlord Games EIR - LBMS transfers profusely used throughout. All based primarily for Hail Caesar - with which I've yet to game with any of them. The Saxons had been part of a Norman WAB army as Mercenary Dogs of War, and also later as Vikings in a couple of SAGA games. The EIR were originally based for WAB, but never got around to gaming them. Some of the EIR bases have three figures which allowed the units to be rounded to even numbers of stands. The Sea Peoples will be an additional Small unit for a Trojan army.

I find the multi-figure basing more organized, both for gaming and also storage/transport. I have a couple more re-basing projects which should be completed before an order of Perry Samurai and Choson Koreans arrive. These additional figures will be used for command stands to complete the Imjin War forces.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Newline Sea Peoples - WIP

These were graciously sent to me a couple of years ago by a TMPer who said he'd never get around to painting them. Plan to use them as a small unit in Hail Caesar some day. Here they are with the usual Minwax Tudor Satin staining.
This is how they looked with a basic block paint job prior to the staining.The well-defined sculpting, as well as the poses, really facilitates painting. They aren't bad figures, and would go well enough with Foundry.
As it may be somewhat evident, most of my current (and future?) projects are simple ones (Minwax stain over a basic paint job). Also, the figures used are ones that are already sitting around unpainted. My main goal for 2014 is to host games - Hail Caesar and Black Powder mostly - using existing figures. Thanks again for visiting, and I hope you like the posts - I certainly enjoy seeing all of your blog posts, and look forward to seeing all of your 2014 projects coming to fruition.

Monday, March 11, 2013


Well my buddy Pat L. (aka Socal Warhammer) and I just returned from England where we not only participated in the WAB GT, but also managed to see a lot of fine historical sites - and great pubs too.

More detailed info on the tournament can be found on the official WAB GT site here. Suffice to say it was an impressively run tournament by Andy Pickering and Phil Vernon. There were 32 players, including Phil, and chock full off experienced players with great armies. The period was all the way from Chariot Wars through 31 B.C. Pat placed a very respectable 7th with his three-elephant strong Seleucid army. I was lucky to end up at 24 (no doubt my early list entry with attendant gimme-points helped toward this). I made several critical (read, stupid) tactical errors in several of my games, but managed to finish with a clear win in game 5.

All of my opponents, as well as all entrants as far as I could tell, were very courteous and friendly throughout the tournament - and also after hours at the bar downstairs of the tournament area. Most of the players also went to a fine dinner at a curry house on Saturday night.

Anyway, here are photos of my five games from the tournament with my Myceanaean Trojan War army -
vs. David Pearson's Sumerians - a tie (my only actual Chariot Wars army opponent). The river was fordable at both flanks, and there was a bridge in the middle.
vs. Michael Curtis' (of 1st Corps/Curteys) Warring States Chinese - my loss (his crossbowmen on the hill - taking pot shots at one of my chariot squadrons while his heavy chariots crash into my spearmen).
vs. Dave Johnson's Classical Indians - another loss for me (he had troops armed with longbows, as well as elephants and heavy and light chariots - with bows also). My initial deployment of troops didn't help, but Dave did mention he plays WAB twice a week! Thanks for the schooling Dave.
vs. Grahame Middleton's Syracusans - the worst defeat for my army; I did some seriously dumb things which I don't even want to recall. Grahame placed 3rd overall by the way - my crushing defeat likely assisting in this. That all said, Grahame is a first class player and gentleman. I really should've done a lot better in this game - maybe I was still feeling the effects of jet lag (yeah, that's what it was).
vs. Kerry Rayner's Armenians - my only victory! Kerry played her army very well - which by the way was composed heavily of Nomadic cavalry with all the bells and whistles of the "Expert Cavalry" rule. The terrain probably hindered her a bit with her heavy cavalry, but a bad leadership roll had her allied heavy cavalry flee off the table. I had also managed to chase most of her light cavalry off with my chariots. Kerry was quite the sport as all the rest of the players. This game brightened my day though.
1st Place for the tournament went to one Martin Gibbins with his Seleucid army; Seleucid armies, by the way, were heavily represented at the event. Which reminds me that the Best Painted army went to Mario Kkonnous' splendidly painted one-off Seleucid army. His painting style made me think of fine Renaissance artwork. What is even more amazing is that he sculpted his whole army! I believe the figures will be going into production some time in the near future - keep an eye out for them.

A hearty congrats to all the winners, as well as to Andy and Phil for hosting such a great event. The Mansfield Games venue was also first class - plenty of table space upstairs and a built-in pub below with a friendly serving lass. Something missing from this side of the pond, I think.

I would also like to thank fellow blogger Paul (aka Scrivsland) for his hospitality at the tournament and also a couple of nights afterward when he hosted a fantastic Bolt Action game for Pat, me and Stuart of Great Escape Games. Please visit Scrivs' blog for a great AAR and photos of this fun game.

Exhausting as it was, our visit to England was rewarding. We saw many interesting sites like Old Sarum, Stonehenge and several castles.We also visited the Royal Armouries at Leeds and the Bovington Tank Museum. We even managed to pay a visit to The Foundry - and when I say pay, I mean Pat bought another 3K WAB army to paint. Pat had to redistribute his haul of lead so he didn't exceed the weight limitations for his checked luggage. Thanks again to Neil at The Foundry for taking the time to show us around and also giving us some great deals.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Imrie/Risley 54mm Assyrian Archer

"Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!" - Isaiah 10:5.  Another old 54mm figure that has been repainted - this one an Imrie/Risley Assyrian archer. The figure was repainted, but the horse was left with most of its original paint and only given highlights. The horse's mane and tail weren't even highlighted with dry-brushing - guess I've learned a bit with 28mm figures.
The figure was modified a bit by having the original scale armor cut with a knife to look more like lamellar armor.
The pteruges were made from putty, as the original figure lacked these.
The helmet has had the bare metal polished and coated with a protective finish.
I'm glad I kept this figure for all these years. Maranatha!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Changun and a Mycenaean

I added another Black Cat Bases dog model representing Changun to an earlier completed Crocodile Games Mycenaean. I added a Green Stuff curled tail for the Changun figure. I think it's actually listed as a jackal on the website, but the form is pretty close to Changun. The model is a bit oversized as Changun was medium sized Jindo, but I think he fits well with the Crocodile Games figure. Also, as I reminisce, Changun had a big heart and full of life - so it is indeed a fitting representation of him.
At the moment I have very little to no desire to paint or game. The thought of building a Korean Imjim War army, in memory of Changun, has crossed my mind, but will wait until I feel sure I can complete the project. I still think of Changun everyday and miss him very much. Warmest regards to all, Dean

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Crocodile Games Mycenaean - A Dedication

This figure is dedicated to Changun. It is a Crocodile Games Mycenaean that will be the Army Standard for my favorite WAB army.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hail Caesar Playtest - The Sack of Troy VII

I finally got to playtest a Hail Caesar game using troops I specifically wanted to use with these rules. Thanks to Pat Lowinger and Mike Butcher - two hardcore WAB types, the game went off quite smoothly and enjoyably. Mike has been working on Fort Lewis for a few weeks while supporting the annual ROTC camp. He actually drove out here all the way from Wisconsin! It's been tough on him since the government is only paying him enough money to eat chow in the mess hall!  Anyway, on to the game - Mike has never played Hail Caesar before and Pat has played it before but always tries to include rules from all the other game he's played. Still, I had a great time GMing the game with these two seasoned gamers. Here are a few shots I managed to snap as I was living up to the Iliad and partaking of wine. In fact, I only started to take pictures midway through the game when Pat reminded me about it.
The rules are close enough to Black Powder for familiarity, but there are many nuances to make them different. For one, shooting isn't as big a deal as it is in Black Powder. Supporting units for Hand to Hand Combat are very important in Hail Caesar. In fact, even small units of skirmishers made significant impact on some rounds of combat as supports. As with Black Powder, the flow of the game is not only fast, but very smooth. We called the game after enough troops had been broken off the table. I think it was a Greek victory, but I'm not really too sure. Anyway, here are the two generals, Pat on the left who ran the Trojans and Mike on the right who ran the Greeks.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Trojan War Set Up - Using Hail Caesar

Well, I hope this game gets off the ground tomorrow - my buddy Pat wants to try out his Ancient naval rules he so diligently drafted this past week; after the game I hosted last Friday. Incidentally, I couldn't make today's Truants game due to some other commitments. I did however manage to set up the table for the Trojan War game. It's a basic set up with Greeks and Trojans, each with three "divisions" of various types of units facing off each other over an open plain.
I plan to use very basic stats for the several types of units - formed infantry, archer skirmishers, javelin skirmishers and chariotry. Only the Myrmidons have a special rule - "Tough Fighters" as well as being "Stubborn." I added the 6 Dendra guys for the heck of it as a Tiny unit too - I may give them some special armor save though. Here are some shots of the divisions and units.
Again, this will only be a playtest to feel out the rules. Once I feel comfortable with them, I'll likely come up with a more interesting scenario. Maye one where different allies can join in after so many turns, or if a certain unit is broken. Something along the lines of Memnon and his Ethiopians (or Cissians, according to some sources), and Penthesilea and her Amazons coming on later in the game if Hector or enough Trojans are killed.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rounding Out Ancient Armies/Units

Added another unit to a WAB Campanian army - bringing the points up to 3,000. It is a small unit of 12 Warriors with light armor, large shield and throwing spear. This is actually a previously painted unit that I was going to use as Veterans in a Carthaginian army. Along with the unit are standards for the two Hoplite and Aetolian peltast units, as well as the Army Standard.
Next are the command figures to finish up the Hittite, Sherdan and Philistine units for Hail Caesar. The figures were given to me by fellow-TMPer Cheriton - who also traded me a bunch of Foundry Napoleonics earlier in the year. He answered my TMP trade request for some Biblical command figures. The Sherdan guy is a Black Tree Design figure and the Philistine leader and musician are Newline. The two figures in scale coats are unidentified figures. I added different legs to them to add height - the figures the legs came from are also unidentified. The head of one of them is from another BTD Sherdan with the disk on the helmet removed. The axe-wielding arm is also from an unidentified figure.
Here are the two mishmashed figures prior to painting.
Although the BTD guy is a bit larger than the Old Glory figures, and the Newline a little smaller, they look okay in the units as command figures.
I should be able to host a Hail Caesar playtest soon. On the home front, my oldest boy flies out for Air Force basic training tomorrow morning. He just graduated from high school with honors (including Presidential Scholar) a couple of weeks ago. After basic, he will immediately begin his technical school (what the Air Force calls their advanced individual training) - he is due to graduate that course end of March 2013. He will have a two week break during Christmas - will we surely miss him until we see him again.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Old Glory Biblicals - Completed

Here are six units for Hail Caesar - of course, they can also be used for other rules, but I want to give Hail Caesar a try. Five of the units actually still need a figure each; the Sherdan bag came with an extra figure - which sometimes happens with Old Glory.
Two units of Philistines:
Two units of Sherdan mercs:
Two units of Anatolian spearmen:
I also picked up some Front Rank Guard Lancers from a TMP sale.  Plan to paint them up as Dutch Lancers - might even give them a basecoat of red spray paint.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Old Glory Biblicals - WIP

Pulled a marathon and painted up the three bags of OG Biblicals today. These are the Anatolian Spearmen, Philistine and Sherden packs. Here they are freshly stained with Minwax.
They were given a very basic (if not crude) paint job prior to the staining. They are broken down into six separate units.
They'll be given a finish of Testors Dullcote once dried; plan to base them on 40mm squares - four figures per..

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Redoubt Dendra Dudes

Well, these six have been sitting around for awhile; I ordered them from Miniature Service Center when they were clearing out their stock of Redoubt several years ago. I had intended to use them as chariot warriors, and may still do, but for now they are palace guards. I replaced their lead spear shafts with brass rod - sturdier for gaming. I also carved off their shield strap and Green Stuff'd the left pauldron where the strap had been. Painting was straight-forward as I decided to give them uniform colors - they were then given a Minwax Tudor Satin stain. The bronze is a mixture of Vallejo Bronze & Copper (about 50:50) some gold and silver added as highlights before the stain.
Here they around the hearth protecting the king and his ladies.
And halting an uninvited Herakles and friends at the door.
Now cornering Medusa - they soon turned to stone.
Happy Mother's Day. I need to call my brother later today in Hawaii, my 80 year old mom had flu-like symptoms and was taken to the hospital late night their time.