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Saga: Aetius & Arthur

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on June 10, 2017 by Sean

I’ve gotten in some games of Saga, with the Aetius & Arthur expansion. We’ve been playing the decline of the Western Roman Empire in Britannia. My regular opponents and I have been using our Dark Ages models, since they are generic enough to pass as ca. 400 AD, though it does make a stickler like myself twitch that my Saxons have the wrong shields. Oh well!

The first model I’ve done for the new expansion is a mounted Warlord. This is a Gripping Beast Late Roman General model, mounted on a 60mm base. I wanted him to stand out from his mounted soldiers. This model can stand in as both a Roman general as well as a Briton hero, and in a pinch could stand in as a Gothic Warlord (by this point in history the forces are almost nearly wearing the same gear anyway). I modeled him riding his horse down a dilapidated Roman path, next to a Roman road marker. I based the writing on a photo of a real marker from Britain.

We played 2 battles today. The first was Saxons versus Britons with the Frozen River scenario. My Saxons were using the frozen river surface to invade the lands of the Britons. We played 6-point forces. Saxons were Warlord, 40 Warriors, and 12 bow Levy. The Britons were Warlord and 2 Companions, 10 mounted Hearthguard, 16 Warriors, and 12 bow Levy.

My Saxons slowly crossed the river and fords, while the Britons turtled up waiting. The Briton battle board really encourages defense over offense. The Saxons have no choice but to advance!

The fights were very bloody, but the Saxons forced the defenders back at great cost. Eventually, the Warlord met in combat, pushing back and forth before the Briton’s lord was cast down (at a cost of a dozen Saxons). There wasn’t much left of either army by the end. The end result was 9-6 VP’s left, a Saxon victory!

The second battle was the Campfire scenario. This time I was using the Romans, while my friend stuck with the Britons. Maybe the Romans were chastising the Britons for letting the Saxons overrun the frontier earlier, or the Britons were negotiating military support from the typically arrogant Romans. Either way, things got out of hand, and swords were drawn…

The Romans had a mounted Warlord, 4 mounted Hearthguard, 24 spear Warriors, 8 bow Warriors, and 12 spear Levy. Except for the new mounted Roman Warlord, I used the Anglo-Saxons/Saxons models, with some donated mounted Hearthguard. The Roman frontier forces of the era were mostly Germans by this point anyway, right? The Britons had a mounted Warlord, 8 mounted Hearthguard, 24 Warriors, and 12 bow Levy.

The scenario requires the armies being split up among each other, which means the units are threatened from all sides. I scattered the Roman Forces in a rough circle, while the Britons had a few tight bulwarks of units. The fight began with the Roman Warlord drawing his sword and leading his nearest unit of soldiers against the British lord, cutting him down. After that the Romans had the upper hand, especially in Saga dice.

The movements of both armies was chaotic, but the Romans quickly redressed their ranks and tried to hold back the Britons. The Levy struck down several British Hearthguard with their plumbatae (heavy darts) and some lucky combats. The Roman defensive abilities served them well. On the other side the Britons were wearing the Romans down, both holding their own lines and performing repeated charges and volleys of bow shots. The Hearthguard performed a disastrous charge, the Briton shieldwall holding and wiping them out. Oops. Eventually though the Roman Warlord rallied his forces and crushed the flank, beating back the encirclement and winning the battle. Final VP’s were 19-14, victory for the Romans!

French & Indian War tables

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on August 14, 2016 by Sean

As long as I’m posting pics of the progress of my French and Canadian forces for Muskets & Tomahawks, I figured I’d post some pics of some of my group’s recent gaming tables. most of these tables were 4’x6′ (400 points), but the second is a 4’x4′ (200 points)

The buildings used here are laser cut wooden pieces from 4ground from Warlord Games, and the trees and shrubs are a mix of suppliers. The fences are scratch built and resin prepaints. Felt pieces mark out fields and orchard boundaries.

We tried to make ‘organic’ looking frontier settlements, with at least some resemblance to a real farmstead or trading post. The better to attempt to burn down, right? Gives the games a bit more flair than too scattered and random.

These are a few pics of units during some of the games. The Canadians and Marines are from my French force (previous posts) while the Highlanders are from a friend’s British army, though I painted those as well (shown in previous posts).

The big scrum between some French Marines and Highlanders was a decisive point in one battle, with both units crushed from the sprawling melee. After the sides broke off the fight there were only a pair of Highlanders and a single fleeing Marine left. The Marine got revenge though, managing to fight off a British Officer who cowardly charged him in the back, taking the oafish Brit out of action. The losses from the fight pushed the Brits into a Morale card situation, which eventually broke the force (good thing too, since my own force was teetering on the edge as well).

The fourth pic is a 2v1 game, with mine and a friend’s French forces versus a British force. At that point in the battle, units were depleted and scattered all over.

Pour la couronne et le pays!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on August 13, 2016 by Sean

France calls on reinforcements for its forces in Muskets & Tomahawks. Pour la couronne et le pays! (“For crown and country!”).

The Compagnies Franche de la Marines unit is complete for the 200-point skirmish force.   The core of the unit is their officer, a musician with a horn, and a ensign or two in proper uniforms. The rest of the unit wear variations on the uniform and more traditional marine outfits. They have enough variety in their uniforms to show off the looser training, as well as their acclimation with life in New France. Once I add French Regular infantry units they’ll really stand out.

This 9-man unit can be fielded as Regulars (gaining the Firing Line rule), thus a pic of them in line formation, or as Irregulars (gaining Scout), thus a pic in a skirmish screen.

Joining the French are a unit of allied Indians, in this case members of the Ottawa tribe. These miniatures were from Warlord Games Woodland Indians set. They got nice individual poses, as well as personal war paint.

Only a few more until the 200-point force is done.

Field of Glory: Armored Might

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on August 2, 2016 by Sean

With a renewed interest in Field Of Glory at my FLGS, I’ve returned to my Hundred Years War English force. It’s fun to get back to 15mm and all the heraldry for the army. Old posts feature the rest of the army; these battlegroups constitute the final units for the army, except for the camp and commanders. Like almost all of the rest of the army, they are from Old Glory 15’s miniature line.

The English force is designed to represent the army that fought the French at Crecy in 1346. The commanders will be Edward III, King of England; Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince; and Thomas de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick. Those will follow soon.

These pics are the English Knights and the dismounted Men-at-Arms.

The Knights were fun to do, following the heraldry of the lords who actually fought at Crecy. A good mix of color, though the English seemed to favor red, white, black, blue, and yellow. They of course fly a banner of St. George. Doing checkers on 15mm models was not easy, but they came out pretty nice.

The dismounted Men-at-Arms are similarly armored and marked. All the 4-base battlegroups have a standard, including the standard of Edward III, The Black Prince, St. George, and the one here, the banner of Thomas de Beauchamp, the army’s Marshal at Crecy. This gives the army more color and variety, plus makes it easier to tell battlegroups apart on the table.

Muskets & Tomahawks, eh?

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on July 8, 2016 by Sean

More work on the French force for Muskets & Tomahawks. The force is about halfway done, painted between other projects.

The first pic is a Canadian militia unit. They have a nice look, with their buckskin clothes and mix of colors to make them all individuals. They’ll get expanded later with more members and a second unit for larger games.

The Compagnies Franches de la Marines members are the second pic. I painted them with a majority of white coats and blue trousers, as well as the ubiquitous sock cap. I wanted their more professional demeanor to be obvious, in contrast to the militia. However, being stationed in the wilds of the north they have adapted, so show a little bit of variation in the unit (a couple members wear buckskin coats instead of the white Marine uniform). The member with the tricorner hat is the unit’s leader. The pair facing left show off the back detail, with their various bags and powder satchels. It’s funny how relatively simple minies can get complicated with 3 bags and their straps on every guy.

Next up the rest of the Marines unit, as well as the Canadian Officer and the Natives.

 

O Canada!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on June 26, 2016 by Sean

 

I’ve dipped my toe into Muskets & Tomahawks. Previously I painted up an English army of Highlanders for a client. Having played a few games, I’ve enjoyed it enough to give it a try. The small size of the forces involved certainly helped, since the 200-point force I’m working on has only 21 models.

I decided to go with a French colonial force from Montreal or Quebec during the French Indian War (1754-63). The band includes a Canadian Officer, 8 Compagnie Franches de la Marine, 6 Canadian Militia, and 6 Natives (probably Huron or Odawa). I can expand with another Militia unit and some additional members if I want to get to 300 points.

These pics are the Canadian Militia I’ve finished so far. The models are from Wargames Factory’s Black Powder Colonial Militia Men box. They have a lot of nice detail, with fringed buckskin coats and leggings and all sorts of bags. They wear stocking caps associated with the French costume (the leader of the unit wears a round brimmed hat). I kept most colors neutral to reflect the wilderness lifestyle, though a few dashes of color help avoid monotony.

I’ll add a note on their bases. I wanted them to look like they were in the wilderness rather than open ground. With that in mind I used 3 different flocks to create a mix of colors and textures, all on top of patches of rocky ground and scattered rocks. A few models will have craggy bits of cork, resembling tree stumps, while others have broken toothpicks that scale down to fallen trees.

Next up are the Compagnie Franches de la Marine, who will be very visually distinct from the militia’s fur traders and trappers.

Saga: Gods and Monsters

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on June 15, 2016 by Sean

I’ve been doing a few odd projects between larger ones for various clients (and myself, to prevent burnout). Some examples are a few characters for Saga: Dark Ages.

The first is an Irish (really, very Celtic) Warlord/Priest for a client’s Irish warband. He’s aggressively naked, ready to go on his rampage. Unafraid of the enemy, his only adornment, aside from the fancy hood, is warpaint. I sourced the imagery from various places, but favored spirals, swirls, and random symbols. I went for an asymmetric approach to make it more interesting. Beside him he has a trusty Irish wolfhound. His druidic weapons are bloody sickles. The miniature is from Warlord Games, from the same set as the Irish priests from the previous Saga: Celtic Lore post.

The second pic is a Welsh bannerman from my own Welsh warband. He will carry one of the force’s standards, or just ‘count as’ just for visual flavor. His banner is much less showy than the other Welsh standard, so he might be a Warrior instead of a Hearthguard. I painted the banner based on contemporary art styles. The minie is from the Gripping Beast Defenders of the Faith set. I like the idea of a local monk joining up with the warband for some proper religious fun (he might even be a brother or cousin of the Warlord).