Category Archives: Historical

Salute 2019 – Horse & Musket

On to the riot of colours and massed ranks of the age dominated by horses, muskets and black powder. There was a strong showing for this period again at Salute 2019, combining beautifully painted armies and terrain. Photos by myself and undeadhighelf.

One of the largest and best displays came courtesy of the Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club and the Battle of Aughrim 1691 during the Williamite Wars in Ireland.

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019
The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019
The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019
The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019
The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019
The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland
Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The Friends of General Haig fought the Battle of Lützen 1632 between the Swedish and the Holy Roman Empire, which saw the death of Gustavus Adolfus (historically, not sure if he had a better fate during this recreation).

Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire
Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019
Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire
Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019
Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire
Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019

The Old Guard fought a battle during the Napoleonic Wars, as one would expect from their name, using the Command & Colours rules set.

Battle in the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019
Battle in the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019
Battle in the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019

Dalauppror presented the Battle of Dänholm during the Siege of Stralsund 1807 which won this year’s Robert Bothwell Memorial Award for Best Historical Game at Salute.

The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish
Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019
The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish
Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019
The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish
Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019

More games from this period were fought by the Gravesend Gamers Guild, Tin Soldiers of Antwerp, Wargamer Poland and Loughton Strike Force.

Late English Civil War skirmish
Skirmish at Staplethorpe by Gravesend Gamers Guild at Salute 2019
Late English Civil War skirmish
Skirmish at Staplethorpe by Gravesend Gamers Guild at Salute 2019
Belgian revolutionaries versus Dutch troops in Brussels
Once Upon a Time There Was a Revolution by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp at Salute 2019
17th century battle using By Fire & Sword rules
Muskovites versus Ottomans by Wargamer Poland at Salute 2019
Napoleon's last victorious battle
Battle of Ligny by Loughton Strike Force at Salute 2019

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