Friday, March 2, 2018

II5c Thebans

I've been quietly working on this army since New Year. Except for the three Ps elements all minis are straight out of the HaT (Coates & Shine) box. I enjoyed the Cv - and as an aside there's enough in the box to provide for my Syracusan LH as well - but the foot were a chore. The poses are OK for Sp elements I guess, just uninspiring. The plastic is the softer type, so a very sharp knife was needed to trim them out.
In terms of painting I used whatever shortcut I thought I could get away with. E.g. the base varnish is also the base colour and the outliner - mix the clear varnish with burnt sienna or equivalent, then paint "black basecoat" style so the dark base is the outline. For bronze, just highlight over the base. Use flesh wash so as not to be too detailed on skin, and soft tone to pick out the skirt armour detail after clumsily using white.
It is a generous box of minis, though missing skirmishers. There's still enough "spear, standing" left to add another element, which I may do at some point. For the skirmishers I went to trusty old "Alexander's Light" and grabbed six.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Italian options - the end?

Here we see the massed morph armies of:
II/8a Bruttian: lacking 2xHd peasants.
II/b Campanian: complete
II/9 Syracusan: lacking a distinct CvGen, 1x3Ax sikels. Must not include a cv option if facing Campanians.
II/13 Samnite: complete. Must have AxGen if facing Campanians.
In a pinch I can import Athenian CvGen for the Syracusans, or even Carthaginian.

Syracusan spears complete

The three elements to left are the final 12 minis. Now for the gloating, and to decide how attached I am to a CvGen.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

All done by Christmas?

I feel as though I'm finally, finally nearing the end of my Italian project. The base-coated lads are the last 12 spearmen for Syracusans.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Italiate update

Since it's been over a month since I last posted, here's an update!

1. Goals: Syracusans, Samnites
Although Samnites aren't a given, my plan is to work towards the (a) field army for Syracusans, and (with previous 4Ax) at least 10 x 4Ax, which is the minimum for a Samnite army.

2. Kits: HaT Thebans, HaT Italian Allies - foot; and a couple of others
Syracusans are a kind of ethnic blend of Italianate and Hellenistic, and freely use mercenaries and the like. I'm using some Thebans from the big HaT kit, who will be believable Syracusan hoplites; and a couple of HaT Theban horse with shield added as Tarentine LH; and a couple of HaT slingers from the Iberians.
3. Force composition: Syracusans' (a) field army utilises all kinds of forces, none of which are Italianate 4Ax. On the other hand Samnites use 4Ax with a couple of skirmish options. So I may find I'm working in two different directions and it just won't work.

4. Progress: I already have a bolt-shooter element for the Syracusans, and could potentially use 2xCv and 4x4Sp (of Italianate style) from a couple of armies I already have. In present work I just have the two elements above for Syracusans. On the Samnite front I have 4x4Ax newly constructed, and I can add 3x4Ax from Bruttians.

In summary chugging along rather too ambitiously and very slowly!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Back to Italian Ally Italy - Samnites?

Having re-motivated myself with the Punic period solos - and a hint of Spring in the air - I unearthed that extra box of Italiot foot and a Coates&Shine Theban box and started working on more elements of 4Ax. My aim is to expand my Italiot Realms to include an option of fielding Samnites (who require up to 12 x 4Ax!) and Syracusans (who are a blend of not-hoplites and Italiate plus allies).

Monday, July 10, 2017

[DBA3.0] Solo battle: Later Carthaginians II/32a v Numidians II/40

In which Later Carthaginians (LCart) go searching for their first win, and get their ass handed to them by Numidians (Num).


  1. Home and away: LCart Ag4 rnd6=10, Num Ag1 rnd2=6. Num are defence.
  2. Terrain: results on the random terrain roll are tweaked to portray Num home ground, in that 'hill' becomes 'difficult hill' and 'boggy' becomes 'woods'. The result of four rolls is a fairly symmetrical map with woods on one end, broken ground on the other, and two lengthwise difficult hills.
    (Later pictures have a stalagmite on each hill and a treestump on the woods to remind myself they are rough going.)
  3. Deployment: LCart roll high again and deploy left, Num deploy centre.
  4. The sides: Both have rolled attacking options, so once again LCart have no El and for their part Num go heavy on the LH. No El at all! Booo!
    LCart: 1xCvGen, 1xCv, 1xIberian LH 1xNumidian LH 'traitor', 3x4Sp, 1xLigurian 4Ax, 2xIberian 4Ax, 2xPs, 1xCF in camp.
    Num: 1xCvGen, 6xLH, 4xjavelin Ps, 1xsling Ps in camp.

The Game

Round 1

Num PIP3 axis 4=shift left, to left.
Reserving the right and centre, the left flank moves then Ps seize the heights!
LCart PIP1 axis 5=shift left, rotates to right.
All Ax wheel right. They are solid Ax and move 2BW.

Round 2

NUM PIP3 axis 1, remain left.
The centre LH race forward to join the left in a daring sweep! (Farthest element is now out of command, and the hill is threatening to block command to other LH.)

LCart PIP3 axis 5=shift left, to centre.
While reserve Ps (in woods) edge round to prevent a full encirclement, Ax rush the difficult ground, and reserve LH covers their flank.

Round 3

Num PIP3 axis 4=shift left, rotates to right.
The right flank is unleashed, Ps making extra moves to gain the right-flank heights!
LCart PIP6 axis 5=shift left, to left flank.
Skirmishing Ps race forward to the heights, Sp march slowly forward. Cv and LH move out, LH making one extra move. Command is becoming a problem.

Round 4

Num PIP2 axis 1=remain right.
LH cover the possibility of a thrust down the flank, and the 'traitor' menacing the Ps flanks.
LCart PIP5 axis4=shift left, rotates right.
The Ax are thrown up the heights into battle, gaining a lock, and one 4Sp is marched over rightward.
Melee 1: 4Ax rnd2+3 v locked Ps rnd6+2+1uphill-1locked=5:8. Recoil destroys locking Ax!
Melee 2: 4Ax rnd6+3-1flanked c Ps rnd4+2+1uphill=8:7, Ps recoil. (And looking at the photo, I notice they did not do that!)

Round 5

Num PIP2 axis6=shift right, rotates to left.
CvGen moves left, LH swing on 4Ax, 
Melee: LH rnd2+2 v 4Ax rnd6+3, LH flee (but are halted by friendly flank contact)
LCart PIP4 axis 6=shift right, rotates left.
Cv, CvGen and Ps all challenge for control of the left!
Melee 1: Cv are forced to recoil by pesky LH, exposing Ps to a double flanking.
Melee 2: Ps thus exposed is duly destroyed!
Melee 3: CvGen, flanked, manages an unsatisfactory recoil on the LH.

Round 6

Num PIP3 axis 6=shift right, to centre.
CvGen moves to centre enabling command over the hill, Ps lock on 4Ax on hill.

Melee: Ps rnd3+2+1uphill v 4Ax rnd3+3-1flanked=6:5, 4Ax destroyed!
LCart PIP3 axis 1=remain left.
CvGen closes, bringing traitor LH up on his right and 2x4Sp advance to cover heights.
Melee: CvGen rnd5+4-1 flanked v LH rnd3+2-1flanked=8:4, LH destroyed. At last!

Round 7

Num PIP2 axis 5=shift left, to left flank.
LH (the one in command line of sight) swing and charge!
Melee: LH rnd1+2 v 4Ax rnd3+3=3:6, LH flee again! (And once again halt on friendly flank contact.)
LCart PIP4 axis 1=remain left.
2x4Sp ascend heights and their fellow 4Sp reserve shift left. The reserve LH is pulled to centre. (This could have been a decisive punch through to trap the Num CvGen, axis dice said otherwise. A race forward would leave most of the LCart army out of command, so a more prudent advance makes sense.)

Round 8

Num PIP5 axis 2=remain left. 
Ps and LH team up to tackle 4Ax. With spare PIPs far-left LH sweep round to enter reserve Ps' ZOC.
Melee: Ps rnd2+2 v 4Ax rnd3+3-1flanked=4:5, Ps and LH recoil.

LCart PIP1 axis3, remain left.
Reserve 4Sp closes. A little.

Round 9

Num PIP3 axis 6=shift right, to centre.
Pull back!
LCart PIP5 axis 5=shift left, rotates right.
Reserve Ps in woods tackles the LH in its ZOC while 4Ax and Iberian LH attack the now-isolated LH, and traitor LH shift to cover.
Melee 1: Ps rnd4+2 v LH rnd2+2=6:4, LH recoil.
Melee 2: 4Ax rnd2+3 v LH rnd3+2-1flanked=5:4, LH recoil.

Round 10

Num PIP6 axis 5=shift left, to left. 
Two disengaged LH sweep round to attack and lock the traitor LH, while remaining elements cover.
Melee: LH rnd6+2 v traitor LH rnd4+2-1flanked=8:5. Traitor destroyed, 

game over, Numidians win 4:1.