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

Achaemenid Persian Archery

I managed to stick with my Achaemenid Persians and achieve the target of finishing a unit of infantry archers and a unit of horse archers. They are all wearing Median dress and would be troops drawn from the provinces. I am generally distinguishing more elite, royal troops by using yellow head dresses and more purple in their uniforms.

For the basing to use with Field of Glory, I cut 80mm strips of thing cardboard, painted them brown and stuck the figures down with Blue Tac, which makes them easy to move around without movement trays.

Regiment of archers in three ranks with colourful uniforms and a banner

Massed archery

For the infantry, about half of the figures had all their basic colours on already, while the rest were only painted up to a single uniform colour. Now with a bit of highlighting throughout and patterns on their clothing, they can finally pass muster. These are not sparabara, which I have another regiment of that still needs to get the detailing treatment.

Front rank of archer unit

Leader with banner bearer and horn blower

Archers in formation with four files and six ranks

Formed up for the advance

The horse archers are the first of three units of 12 cavalry each I need for the army. Since the others don’t have much paint on them yet, I might continue doing base colours on them first.

Two ranks of horse archers galloping forwards

Closing with the enemy

Unit of horse archers in front of infantry regiment with a watch tower in the background

The cavalry sets off

Scouting for Carthage

Salute always gives me a little nudge to continue work on various slow burning historical army projects. One of those I have long neglected are my 20mm Carthaginians to be used with Warmaster Ancients.

I have collected and based enough troops for 1,000 points, which seems a decent size to field. Their Republican Roman rivals are still on the sprues. I had made a sporadic start with painting the low hanging fruit, i.e. some skirmishers manufactured by HaT. They weren’t really finished, as I had left the shields unadorned, and I wasn’t satisfied with their look, which had them sort of floating above their rugged looking bases.

In my latest painting drive, I decided to decorate their shields and give them a coat of Army Painter Quickshade Soft Tone, to make them look like they had marched through the desert or just crossed the Alps. I’m hoping the varnish also solves the problem of paint chipping off the bendy plastic. As a finishing touch, I added some grass tufts to break up the block bases.

Three blocks of light infantry and a stand with two command figures

Carthaginian skirmishers and commander

The figures are really best looked at from a gaming distance. I do think they will be a decent looking army once all the troops are gathered. The models by HaT are basic in terms of details and are suffering from mold lines that are nearly impossible to get rid of due to the material. In fact, all of this gives me licence not to spend much time on their paint jobs.

Three rectangular bases with four figures each of javelinmen carrying shields in white tunics

Numidian javelinmen

Three rectangular bases with four figures each of javelinmen carrying shields in red tunics

Libyan javelinmen

Three rectangular bases with four figures each of slingers in white tunics

Balearic slingers