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Greeks vs. Gauls

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on November 8, 2009 by Sean

These are a few shots from this week’s Field of Glory game. It was my Lacodamion Spartan army versus my friend’s Gaul army. Technically not ‘true’ to history, but Gaulic tribes did invade Greece from the north on occasion. His army list came from the Rome Triumphant book, about 400 or so years after my Classical Greek list from Immortal Fire.  We’ve played these armies together several times, and it’s always a fun time.

In typical fashion, he lined up his huge battlegroups of medium and heavy Gaulic foot across from my relatively thin Greek hoplite line, seperated by skirmishers and assorted cavalry. After a good amount of manuever and delaying action (and some good shooting on my part) we connected all along the line. My line weathered the impact of all that Gaulic foot, and held. After sustained melee, my Greeks came out ahead, breaking 6 battlegroups. Armored Spear against Protected Swordsmen is a rough fight.

My friend’s Gauls are well-painted. He (like alot of players) uses wood stain to shade his paint jobs on the miniatures. It does a great job of adding detail at 15mm scale. I’ve never gotten into it though. I at most use a thin black wash to shade. The Gauls seen on unfinished bases are because he is converting a fair amount of Medium foot to Heavy foot.

Better pics of my Greeks are in some older posts here.

For Lacodamion! 2

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on August 11, 2009 by Sean


More pics of the Greeks.

Greeks didn’t come naturally to cavalry, Greece being a hilly, dry country. Only Thessaly developed extensive use of horse in war, since it was a more open region fit for raising horses. Early periods favored foot soldiers like Hoplites almost exculsively.

The archers are lightly armed and unarmored skirmishers. In-game they don’t accomlish much other than harrassment, but sometimes they surprise you.

For Lacodamion!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on August 11, 2009 by Sean

A selection of my Lacodamion army from Field of Glory. It uses the Late Classical Greek army list, corresponding to the Persian War (ca. 480 BC).

Lacodaemon (aka Laconia) was the area of the Pelloponese ruled by the city-state of Sparta. The army has a large group of Spartan Citizen Hoplites, some of the finest foot soldiers of the ancient world. Alongside them are the perioikoi, subject Greeks who were under the rule of Sparta, and allied Tegean and Aechanean Hoplites from the region, as well as cavalry and psiloi skirmishers.

The miniatures are 15mm, based 4 to a stand for Hoplites. The generals and officers are based differently to make them stand out on the table. The majority of the Hoplites during this time period are well armored, with helment, cuiress, skirt, greaves, and hoplon shield. In later periods (such as the Pellopenesian Wars) the general level of armor declined.