Category Archives: Historical

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

Salute 2018 – Modern Warfare

The category of Modern Warfare at Salute 2018 featured rather fewer conventional theatres, and an unexpected surge of gangland conflicts. Also, zombies taking over the Salute exhibition hall and not-Lego tanks duking it out on a bedroom floor – can’t get more modern than those in my view.

Outskirts of a city close to the beach occupied by groups of tanks
Invasion of Copenhagen by Chelmsford Bunker
Dozens of tanks rolling up the beach
Invasion of Copenhagen by Chelmsford Bunker

Street fighting in contemporary urban environments ranged from youth gang bust ups to gangland shoot outs and zombie/monster invasions.

Urban streets and building with small gangs of miniatures
Wild in the Streets by Random Platypus
City buildings including a donut shop
Wild in the Streets by Random Platypus
Inside view of a 70s record store
Purgatory by Underestimated Games
A children's playground in a ghetto urban environment
Purgatory by Underestimated Games
Street scene with piles of garbage, some cars and groups of gang members
Rumble in the Bronx by Funky Skull Games
Multi storey brick buildings with a cigarette advert board and subway train in the foreground
Rumble in the Bronx by Funky Skull Games
City street flanked by brick buildings with improvised barricades
Turf War Z by Studio Miniatures

The most original and also perfectly executed participation game was ‘Dead Show’ by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club. The Salute hall had been painstakingly recreated in 28mm scale, including trade stands and gaming tables.

Small scale models of gaming tables and miniature trading stands in a large exhibition hall
Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club
Several scale models of gaming tables with a mix of settings
Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club
Close up of miniature gaming tables with desert and beach settings populated by tiny tanks and troops
Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club
Entrance area of the exhibition hall model being swamped by zombies
Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club

The Royal Air Force Wargaming Association brought a new family friendly and original game to the show with ‘A Brick Too Far’.

Toy floor play mat scattered with games boxes and plastic brick tanks
A Brick Too Far by Royal Air Force Wargaming Association

Salute 2018 – ACW & Wild West

One of the finest display tables at Salute 2018 was ‘Glory! From the Halls of Montezuma’ by Ian Smith & Friends. Set in the American Civil War, it portrayed Union forces attempting to take Charleston with an assault by land and sea.

Gunboat in foreground firing cannon towards a fort
Glory! From the Halls of Montezuma by Ian Smith & Friends
Lines of soldiers on the beach firing towards a fort
Glory! From the Halls of Montezuma by Ian Smith & Friends
Top down view of fort and inner courtyard with soldiers and cannon on the battlements
Glory! From the Halls of Montezuma by Ian Smith & Friends
Opposing armies marching towards a farm situated between them
Glory! From the Halls of Montezuma by Ian Smith & Friends
Regiments of infantry and skirmishers clashing amongst corn fields
Glory! From the Halls of Montezuma by Ian Smith & Friends
A column of soldiers marching past a hillside
Glory! From the Halls of Montezuma by Ian Smith & Friends
View from inland of a small town with church and regiments of soldiers clashing
Glory! From the Halls of Montezuma by Ian Smith & Friends

Stand To Games demonstrated the Forager rules set for a skirmish level engagement.

Two ranks of soldiers on open grassland
Forager by Stand To Games
Cannon emplaced next to a wagon covering advancing infantry
Forager by Stand To Games

The Hornchurch Wargames Club set up a fast play Wild West shoot out in ‘The 2:15 to Hornchurch’.

View from above into a Wild West town
The 2:15 to Hornchurch by Hornchurch Wargames Club
Train at the station of a western town
The 2:15 to Hornchurch by Hornchurch Wargames Club
Saloon and general store with horses and a wagon
The 2:15 to Hornchurch by Hornchurch Wargames Club

Peter Pig ran participation battles for the new Western wargame, utilising his 15mm range.

Open plain with rocky outcrops, cavalry, infantry and wagons
Western by Peter Pig
Opposing cavalry and infantry meeting between two buildings
Western by Peter Pig
A group of Native American tents
Western by Peter Pig

Salute 2018 – Horse & Musket to Colonial

One of the outstanding gaming tables at Salute 2018 was built by Bill Gaskin & Friends – another highlight following 2016’s Battle of Wilhelmstadt. ‘Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation’ was set in 1761 and portrayed a fictional Spanish incursion into Florida.

Wooden ships in an estuary in tropical climate
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Soldiers lining up after having landed in row boats
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Units of soldiers marching inland under their banners from the river bank
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
A cart and wagon outside a colonial house
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Red coated soldiers and irregulars marching through fields
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
View from behind a watchtower over open woodland with scattered troops
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

Some more atmospheric close up shots (no pun intended) by undeadhighelf.

Soldiers in blue uniforms shooting at soldiers in red behind a fence
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends
Three cannons belching smoke
Raid at Gaskin’s Plantation by Bill Gaskin & Friends

The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists sent Garibaldi’s Redshirts to rescue a beautifully constructed convent in the year 1860.

Convent with courtyard and church tower overlooking a village
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists
Troops in mostly red uniform jackets advancing towards small buildings
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists
View into the convent's courtyard garden from above
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists
A rustic house with red roof tiles
The Biscotti War by The League of Gentlemen Anti-Alchemists

Dalauppror presented the Battle of Stäket, which took place on 13th August 1719 during the Great Northern War and pitched Russians versus Swedes. The scenario was played out using The Pikeman’s Lament set of rules.

Costal landscape with wooden ships on shore
Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror
A small settlement and tents set up along the shore
Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror
Troops amongst blazing buildings and firing from prepared positions on either side of a river
Battle of Stäket by Dalauppror

The hypothetical ‘Battle of Freeman’s Farm’ during the American War of Independence in 1777 was staged by the Essex Warriors.

Column of troops with a cannon passing by a farmhouse
Battle of Freeman’s Farm by Essex Warriors
Lines of troops advancing over green fields
Battle of Freeman’s Farm by Essex Warriors

Further games within the wider era ranged from Napoleonic to British colonials in India.

Units of soldiers on hex terrain surrounding a small town
Battle of Aspern-Essling 1809 by The Old Guard
Massed units of troops marching towards a house
Battle of Aspern-Essling 1809 by The Old Guard
An army storming over a hill
A Napoleonic battle fought using General d’Armee rules
City walls in arid terrain manned by soldiers
Indian Mutiny Escape by The Sons of Simon de Montford