Salute 2019 – Ancients & Medieval

Kicking off my Salute 2019 photo reports are the Ancients & Medieval eras. Despite a lot of space staying empty on the showroom floor this year and the crowds seeming decidedly smaller, there were a number of nice participation games for this period. Thanks to undeadhighelf for providing additional pictures of these.

The South London Warlords put on an epic battle in an alternative history setting to determine who would triumph in a clash between ‘The Pilum and the Pike’. I love a good testudo nearly as much as I love a good phalanx.

Imperial Roman army fighting against Macedonians

The Pilum and the Pike by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Imperial Roman army fighting against Macedonians

The Pilum and the Pike by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Imperial Roman army fighting against Macedonians

The Pilum and the Pike by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Imperial Roman army fighting against Macedonians

The Pilum and the Pike by South London Warlords at Salute 2019

Boudicca’s revolt was the background for the battle of Mancetter 61 CE. Two mighty armies of Iceni and Romans faced each other in this climactic encounter with victory promised To the Strongest!

Boudicca's Iceni facing the Roman army

Mancetter 61 CE for To the Strongest! at Salute 2019

Boudicca's Iceni facing the Roman army

Mancetter 61 CE for To the Strongest! at Salute 2019

Boudicca's Iceni facing the Roman army

Mancetter 61 CE for To the Strongest! at Salute 2019

Boudicca's Iceni facing the Roman army

Mancetter 61 CE for To the Strongest! at Salute 2019

The Society of Ancients recreated the ‘Battle at the Harzhorn’, pitting Romans against Germanic tribes in the 3rd century. The site of this ancient battle was discovered in 2008 and is still being excavated, revealing a treasure trove of new information about the era.

Romans versus Germanic tribes

Battle at the Harzhorn by Society of Ancients at Salute 2019

Romans versus Germanic tribes

Battle at the Harzhorn by Society of Ancients at Salute 2019

Romans versus Germanic tribes

Battle at the Harzhorn by Society of Ancients at Salute 2019

‘Alexander: Conquest Fulfilled’ was the title of another hypothetical battle which saw the great Macedonian general lead his army on an invasion into China.

Alexander the Great invades China

Alexander: Conquest Fulfilled for Warhammer Ancient Battles at Salute 2019

Alexander the Great invades China

Alexander: Conquest Fulfilled for Warhammer Ancient Battles at Salute 2019

The University of Edinburgh and Supreme Littleness Designs staged ‘Raiders of the Crusader Keep’. Based on medieval sources and archeological discoveries, it allowed to take part in fighting through a 13th century crusader castle at Byblos.

Fighting in a crusader castle

Raiders of the Crusader Keep by Edinburgh University at Salute 2019

Fighting in a crusader castle

Raiders of the Crusader Keep by Edinburgh University at Salute 2019

Well before the beginning of recorded history, the Wargames Association of Reading led on a ‘Mammoth Hunt’ while simultaneously having to fight off rival tribes and hungry sabre tooth tigers.

Hunting mammoths

Mammoth Hunt by Wargames Association of Reading at Salute 2019

Jumping ahead to 1421, the Lance and Longbow Society fought the ‘Battle of Bauge’, which was a confrontation between an English versus a French and Scottish army.

15th century warfare in Normandy

Battle of Bauge by Lance and Longbow Society at Salute 2019

15th century warfare in Normandy

Battle of Bauge by Lance and Longbow Society at Salute 2019

15th century warfare in Normandy

Battle of Bauge by Lance and Longbow Society at Salute 2019

15th century warfare in Normandy

Battle of Bauge by Lance and Longbow Society at Salute 2019

Fire and Brimstone

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.

Four multicoloured demons with horns carrying primitive firearms

Hellish firepower

A red skinned and a green skinned demon standing back to back

Covering your six six six

Two demons with faces covering their bodies aiming guns in opposite directions

Who wants some more?

Imps, Goats & Rocket Cats

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.

A black cat with a fire pot on its back, a black goat walking on its hind legs and a small red devil with wings amongst medieval house ruins

[Benny Hill theme tune playing]

The imp is a miniature devil of sorts, hence I painted him in a diabolical red.

Small satanic creature with red skin, wings and horns

The devil is gonna getcha

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.

Black goat with white markings walking on its hind legs in a medieval building

Satan’s goat

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.

Black cat with an earthen put strapped to its back that spouts flames

Bad luck is sure to follow this black cat

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.

Medieval Demons

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.

Four humanoid figures with horned heads and colourful skin in front of medieval buildings

The foot soldiers of hell

Two devil like figures with yellow and brown skin and fur

Horns and fangs are devilish trademarks

Back view of the creatures with one sporting a face in place of his buttocks

Faces sprout from unexpected places

Two green, red, brown and blue demonic creatures

Damnation coms in many shades

Back view of the horned servants of hell

Clawed hands and feet will tear into sinners

Salute 2017 – Ancients & Medieval

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.

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

Battle of Raphia by Simon Miller

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.

Archers and chariots clashing on a desert table

Battle of Kadesh by Society of Ancients

Egyptian chariots and archers in front of tomb complex

Battle of Kadesh by Society of Ancients

Hittite chariot squadrons in the distance

Battle of Kadesh by Society of Ancients

Taking their cue from a musical, the always original Tin Soldiers of Antwerp had the three houses of Rome clash across a hippodrome, bath house and amphitheatre.

A Not So Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp

A Not So Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp

The Battle of Hastings was played out in 15mm using the Mortem Et Gloriam rules.

Wargames table with ranks of small scale miniatures

Battle of Hastings by Donnington Miniatures

Close up of cavalry riding uphill against a line of spearman

Battle of Hastings by Donnington Miniatures

The School of History from the University of Edinburgh used Lion Rampant to fight the Battle of Lodi Vecchio in 1239.

Medieval troops skirmishing amongst ruined town houses

Battle of Lodi Vecchio by the School of History from the University of Edinburgh

Salute 2016 – Ancients & Medieval

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.

Wargaming table showing a beach with Viking longships close to a village

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

Close-up view of two Viking longships manned by warriors with shields and spears

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

Several lines of infantry advancing past a camp of tents

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

Galloping cavalry emerging from between trees

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

Cavalry passing through a small settlement on the coastline with a longship under construction

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

View over huts across the bay onto longships in the distance

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

Standee explaining historical background and rules used for the game

The Battle of Foteviken 1134 by Dalauppror

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.

Wargaming table with battle lines of cavalry and infantry advancing towards each other over a wide open fields with scattered trees

Battle of Magnesia 190 BC by Society of Ancients

View of the Seleucid army with chariots, skirmishers, infantry and cavalry

Battle of Magnesia 190 BC by Society of Ancients

Overlooking the table from behind the Seleucid army including phalanxes and a war elephant

Battle of Magnesia 190 BC by Society of Ancients