I have finished another four of the medieval demons produced by Antediluvian Miniatures. This lot is carrying handgonnes, a sort of cannon on a stick that originated as early as the 13th century. In game terms, where appropriate blackpowder weapons might be missing, I’ll use the crossbow rules to represent them.
The Middle Ages were strange times and I am sure as hell glad not to have lived through them. In fact, I am surprised how anyone could have lived through them.
Alongside their medieval demonic legions, Antediluvian Miniatures also created other obscure entities from the illuminated manuscripts of yesteryear.The imp is a miniature devil of sorts, hence I painted him in a diabolical red.
The black goat that walks like a man seemed like an even easier colour choice, but I decided to add some white markings for interest, and because they give it a slightly skeletal look. I did do a lot of image research on black goats that day.
The rocket cat, which really is an incendiary cat that was supposed to light fires in besieged towns, was painted pure black to act as a contrast to the bright tongue of fire and pot on its back. Also, a black cat seemed to fit with the theme, and I was feeling too lazy to paint patterns on such a small figure.
The set also comes with a classic witch on a broom which will make a nice hedge wizard. I am just not happy with sticking her on a plastic flying base, so need to come up with a scenic base solution to keep her in the air first.
I pledged for the Medieval Demons by Antediluvian Miniatures in 2017 and just made a start by painting up the first group. The sculpts are crisp and the white metal castings are very clean so I highly recommend this range.
Based on drawings of demons in medieval manuscripts, I intend to field these as the retinue of a powerful Daemon Prince of Tzeentch using Saga 2 rules or against actual historical fighters of the era.
With their faces leering from various body parts, colourful skin tons and bird like features, such medieval depictions of the forces of hell must have had a big influence on the Changer of the Ways in Warhammer lore.
Simon Miller and the Wargames Holiday Centre brought this staggering array of phalanxes, cavalry and elephants to Salute to refight the Battle of Raphia in 217 BC. Thanks to undeadhighelf for the close up shots. Photos of the battle lines clashing can be found here on Simon’s blog.
The Society of Ancients had the Battle of Kadesh as the theme for their game, reminding me to finish off my Hittite army at some point.
The Battle of Hastings was played out in 15mm using the Mortem Et Gloriam rules.
The School of History from the University of Edinburgh used Lion Rampant to fight the Battle of Lodi Vecchio in 1239.
For the Ancient and Medieval eras less caught my eye at Salute 2016 than in previous years, but amongst those was my favourite of the show – The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror. A lot more photos on their own site, so I suggest you head over.
The Battle of Magnesia 190 BC by the Society of Ancients was played out using the Lost Battle rules. Wonderful armies for my favourite period in history, unfortunately I didn’t manage to return to the table later to take more detail shots.
I haven’t done any historical wargaming for years now since there are just too many projects to keep juggling at the same time. I have been eyeing up Saga however since I am more likely to finish a skirmishing force, or in some cases already have enough to field one. The original Dark Ages setting wasn’t an era I had much interest in, but with The Crescent and the Cross we are getting closer, at least geographically. I might be able to adjust some of the rules for my Sassanids for example. More likely, I’ll hang in long enough for a new expansion that covers a period I already have forces for.
In the meantime, I used the opportunity to ogle the many Saga tables at Salute 2015.
4Ground had a large sales stand and impressive new ranges on show. The table below tempted me to get some of their products, but the whole setup will set you back a couple hundred quid. Also, I have nowhere to store them.
Antiquity was represented by a large participation game created by Simon Miller, depicting a Roman civil war battle at Cremona in 69 AD and using the “To the Strongest!” set of rules.
The theme of this year’s Salute was Agincourt as it is the 600th anniversary of the battle. While there were several games with different takes on the recreation of the event, unfortunately there was no large display. The nicest presentation in my opinion was the below board by Ancient & Modern/Donnington Miniatures.
Another medieval setting in “De Montfort Must Die”, a participation game by Wargames Illustrated. Here the players had to hunt down a rebel leader near Evesham in 1265.
A micro-board using larger scale knights set in the siege works at Harfleur provided the battleground in the below game for Anno Domini.
Stockholm 1392 was the setting for Dalauppror’s “God’s Friends and the Whole World’s Enemies” in which the Swedish populace tried to fend off plundering German mercenaries and pirates.