In addition to Field of Glory II – Medieval I also purchased Field of Glory II Ancients (FoG II). In addition, I acquired all of the add-ons for other periods other than just the classical. My test battle for FoG II was between Greeks and Spartans – two very similar armies and a good way to test the system. In fact, when I buy new tabletop ancient rules, I always liked to test them with Greeks first.
The slideshow below shows the battle progress.
As far as the game goes, it is very similar to FoG II Medieval and slipping between the two systems is fairly straightforward. There are many gamers worldwide playing FoG II so if you are in an opponent poor area, that is one of the advantages of FoG II from Slitherine. I acquired mine through my Steam account.
I have been having a lot of fun with both sets and have managed more wargames so far this year with FoG II than I had with all wargame rules last year!
These have been around for a few years and have been seen at various shows around the UK. I have not seen them however except for the odd mention in the wargame press. I have been thinking of an American Civil War project and decided that it would be in 6mm, given the lack of space I have here for wargaming in.
My preferred 6mm ACW figures would have been either Heroics and Ros, Rapier, Adler or Baccus 6mm. However H&R have had their figures off catalogue for some time now (expect for the WW2 and Modern Infantry) for a number of reasons and due to the plague, Baccus have been controlling the amount of customers they can service by having their online shipping cart, online for brief periods, and the periods away from my payday.
Enter Commission Figurines. I had heard them mentioned before and then one of the guys at the Virtual Wargames Club mentioned that he had seen some at a show so, as they make both MDF figures and buildings, and as I am always looking for a building or two, I thought I would try them out. Catalogue downloaded, read (about 3 minutes), reread, and then an order was typed up and emailed off. A reply came back with confirmation of supply, and a price. I confirmed I wanted to go ahead, PayPal invoice arrives and then after a few days (I guess while Walt “lasered” some bits of MDF) a package was dispatched to the Philippines. Fast forward about 6 weeks and a card from PhilPost was left at my gate, so I duly trundled off in trike to the Post Office to collect a light weight box with the following contents:
6mm Entrenchments – Mixed
La Belle Alliance
La Haye Saint
6mm Rail Fence Pack
6mm House Pack
Infantry in Kepi, Blanket Roll, Marching
Infantry in Kepi, Firing Line (16 command figures, 56 infantrymen)
Artillery in Kepi (3 Rifled guns & 3 Smoothbore guns, 4 crews, 2 x 6 horse limbers, 2 officers)
Generals (6 poses in hat, same 6 poses in kepi) @
Heavy (Thracian) Cavalry
I was very happy with the service, the speed of delivery given the current position of the of the world and the international movement of mail, goods and parcels.
Firstly the buildings. They are simply lovely and will look the business when assembled, painted and placed on the tabletop. The only really challenging part, well, really two challenging parts:
I have not worked with MDF before so am considering glues and construction techniques
There were no assembly instructions with the buildings. With La Belle Alliance and La Haye Sainte, not problem, but more of a challenge with the 6mm house pack
The figures themselves are nicely produced as well, and reminiscent of very small flats that were first used in wargames. I will need to learn a new painting technique for these but hey, a change is a good as a holiday. I am champing at the bit to start working of them (both buildings and figures) but am resisting starting while I think my way through the process, try some dry fits and work out glues (superglue, PVA, hot glue gun, etc).
Photos of some of the received items below.
Roman Auxiliary Cavalry (Thracian). Separate shields in the centre
MDF Romans – fat fingers for size comparison
Roman Auxiliaries. Thinking to maybe use these as sub-Roman Britons
American Civil War kepi wearing infantry firing. The little round things are drums for the drummers
Kepi wearing ACW Infantry
ACW Artillery and limbers – two limbers, four crew strips and 6 guns in total
PHLPOST appears to be rebranding itself from the old to something newer. And given that I moved to Angeles City just over a month ago, and notified the Society of Ancients of my new address just over 2 months ago, it was a happy surprise today when the September/October issue of Slingshot found its way across the front fence (we don’t really have a letterbox here).
Waiting for a break from the work day to settle in to a good read of this issue. Topics in it include”
Every Man’s Hand – a ruleset for historical medieval jousts – the real ones not the Hollywood type
Garamantes – a DBMM Army List fine-tuned
Going Back to Gaugamela – refighting that battle using l’Art de la Guerre
The Sound of Battle – a general’s ability to communicate through sound signals
An Armati List for Cyrus the Great
Counting the Enemy – how big was the Caledonian army at Mons Graupius?
Telamon in Anaheim – Battle of Telemon using DBA rules
T’angoed! – the T’ang military machine and a recreation in 15mm
Warfare in Antiquity – the King’s College conference from 2019
plus the usual Guardroom, book and rules reviews and figure reviews
Plenty of entertaining reading is this issue and kudos to the new look PHLPOST for tracking me down and delivering so quickly. With Slingshot in one hand and a single malt in the other I can well feel that the world is slowly returning to something like normal, at least here in the exotic East!
Heroics and Ros 6mm Greeks for yet another Ancient project. I am still waiting on the delivery from Rapier Miniatures, but I fear these are the first order to the Philippines to go astray as it has been over 6 months now Update (May 1st) – I just received an email from Stefan at Rapier (not bad, about one hour after posting this) to note that the parcel was sent but they will send again. Brilliant service guys – thank you.
The Rapier Greeks duly arrived and the original parcel was received back at Rapier in the UK a few days after a replacement order was sent to me. Ah the vagaries of PhilPost. I digress however.
Last year I had also read a fair bit of Greek history, both land battles and naval, and had decided, with all those 6mm Greeks, along with a couple of fleet packs of Navwar’s 1/1200 ancient ships and a copy of GMT’s Galley, to refight the Peloponnesian War, both on land and sea, as a project.
Enter the plague! Several months of listless inactivity followed by a home move out of Metro Manila to a province and I had achieved absolutely nothing. In my defense, there was a good deal of work pressure at the same time as quarantine lockdowns and what-not (yes, I know, an excuse not a reason).
Tonight, sitting in the new residence (temporary for about 6 months while the final Thomo’s Hole is being constructed) and it occurred to me that to get rolling on this project, I could use my Commands and Colors (C&C) set. I have all six expansions from the Ancient C&C, although I had not placed the Spartan expansion figure stickers on the blocks for that yet. I started that tonight.
I now have a project, doable in short order — refighting the classical Greek world using C&C. I have the blocks, I have the reference material and best of all, I don’t need much space or to paint anything. When I get up to the Peloponnesian War I will probably consider breaking out War Galley as well. However, for the time being, it’s lock shields and advance!
There have been a lot of tweets recently, wargame based, dealing with ancient history and ancient wargaming. Most (if not all) have been Eurocentric. I can understand this as the largest market for wargame figures and for the consumption of Ancient History, have been Europeans – be they in Europe, the UK, the US and Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
The wargame figures and related publications cover Europe, and the Middle East across to India (think Alexander the Great). Even Central and South America gets a look in with Aztec, Maya and Inca, although I suspect that is mainly because Aztec and Inca were conquered at the time by European freebooters.
The coverage of Asian warfare and Ancient History, with a few exceptions, is lagging far behind that of Europe and the Near East. The Japanese, Mongol, Korean and Chinese armies were the first of the Far East armies to start to be covered, in part because there was enough accessible information in English to provide information to the figure manufacturer and wargamer. The effect of cinema must also bear some responsibility here as well along with the achievements of some of those Asian nations.
Other areas have lagged behind. Burmese, Thai and Khmer armies have been researched and modelled at least in 15mm scale (in part, perhaps because of the Khmer maiden guard). Cham and recently Sumatran and Javanese.
Sitting here in the Philippines for the past 6 years I have slowly been acquiring some information about the pre-Jesuit Philippines. This has not been easy to acquire. One reason given has been the lack of written history, and/or the inability to write it down. The Laguna Copperplate Inscription (Filipino: Inskripsyon sa Binatbat na Tanso ng Laguna) from about 1200 years ago certainly belies the ability to write things down here.
In December 2014 I hunted through the National Bookstore for some information. Alas, I am still searching for a good reference work, preferably in English, my Tagalog is not up to anything that complicated yet, covering the pre-Jesuit Philippines. There were, it seems quite a few kingdoms, sultanates etc. across the archipelago in the past, with influences from India, China, Arab, Malay and of course, local.
A rich history I am sure, and one with much trading, political skullduggery, feats of arms and such but so little written about it. A history that likely touched the Indonesian Archipelago as well.
Any references gladly accepted – and lets remember that Ancient History is worldwide!
In my preferred wargame scale of 6mm, as far as I am aware, Baccus 6mm, and Heroics and Ros only model Samurai. Rapier Miniatures make Mongols and Irregular at least cover more areas, namely, Samurai, Chinese, Mongol, Tibetan, Burmese, and Khmer. Koreans, Sumatrans, Javanese are in short supply.
Landwaster has been an annual competition on the DBA calendar in Australia for a number of years now. Mercifully for the plague-infested world, it comes along late in the year and as most of Australia seems to have a lid on the plague currently (touch wood and whistle), this year Landwaster is on. Unlike previous years, this year it is moving temporarily from Canberra to Goulburn on Sunday 22nd November 2020 at the Goulburn Workers Club, 1 McKell Pl Goulburn NSW.
David Lawrence, the organiser, noted:
Landwaster is a happening thing and we have had an initial rush of entrants – but we still have room for more. The doors to the club will open at 10:00AM and the first game will kick off at 10:30AM.
There will be a charge of $10 per entry to cover the hall hire and trophies.
He further notes, that with regards to meeting a COVID safe environment for the DBA games:
… for the present environment all players must use their own army, terrain, dice and measuring sticks. For this reason I am not offering up my stable of armies or terrain.
The usual suspects as sponsors for the tournament have been rounded up and are:
Brian Hall of Hall of Ancient Warriors will be providing the first place trophy
Ray Compton of Essex Miniatures Australia will be providing discount vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Mick Sellman of Mick’s Metal Models will be providing an army as the Magister Militum Prize
Dean Bedlington of Olympian Games will be providing prize vouchers for the Executioner Award, Mithradates Trophy and Last Place
Barry Scarlett of Leadbears Tufts will also be providing a voucher for all of the above awards.
There s a limit of 20 entries to maintain suitable social distancing so the entries will be recorded based on email timestamps and capping the entries at 20.
Come and join them for the premiere DBA event of the ACT and surrounds (I will, alas, be watching from afar, from the Philippines). David goes on to note that “for the Canberra gamers – remember it is only 1 hour up the road. For Sydney based players I have cut your drive by an hour.”
Come on, sign up and play. After months of lockdowns and quarantine, blow the dust of the armies and have some face-to-face games again.
These also have been complete for a few years, having been completed when I was living in Singapore. As with the Numidians, I thought it was a good idea to show these off as well. I did in fact finish painting this army in March 2014 in Singapore.
The DBA interpretation of the Roman Army from this time assumes that the Camillan reforms to the Roman Army changed around the time of Rome’s battles with Pyrrhus of Epirus and the army appeared as described by Polybius. The army remained in this form until the reforms of Gaius Marius.
While there are significant differences between the organisation of the Marian Army as compared with the Polybian Romans, when I get around to finishing the Singapore project I started in 2012, which essentially was to put together a Punic Wars set, I will be able to use items from the other armies to produce a Marian Roman army from the Polybian troops then coupled with the previously mentioned Numidians, re-fight some battles from the Jugurthine War (112–106 BCE).
In addition, I have a bag full of pike men here as well, so when the plague passes, a small order to Baccus6mm could see an Epirot army built as well.
General and bodyguard
Equites – or cavalry if your Latin is not up to it
These have been complete for a few years now but I thought that as I was showing off new 6mm armies, I should show off a few older ones as well. Today, it is the turn of the Numidians.
The Numidians/Moors are recorded from the time of the Punic Wars to just after the Heraclian Dynasty in the East and the start of the Twenty Years’ Anarchy in Byzantium.
The Numidians were renowned as the best light cavalry in the period around the Punic Wars and are one of the easiest armies to paint, consisting of a plain tunic of unbleached material, a plain hide shield (undecorated as near as I can find), flesh and hair. Job done, a true four colour paint job!
The Numidians and Moors rode ponies, generally without bridles or saddles controlling their ponies with their knees. They were usually light troops and performed excellent service for both the Carthaginians and the Romans.
These make a great army for a campaign set as they were both allies and enemies to the Carthaginians as well as to the Romans. If I grab a few more I can even manage the civil war between Jugurtha and Adherbal in 112 BCE.
The figures are from Baccus 6mm Miniatures. I finished painting these back in 2011 when living in Singapore (goodness, has it been that long?). They are part of a set known in Thomo’s Hole as the Singapore Project. The army was constructed for the previous version of the DBA rules as are the rest of that set. DBA Version 3 was released in 2014.
The Command base as Cavalry. There is a Light Horse command as well
I finally finished these over the last couple of days, the Anglo-Saxons for DBA as part of the Bloodaxe Project. The post that took the original idea and then set it all in motion is the Dark Age Campaign Set – the Figures needed and Dark Age Campaign Set – the Figures ordered. Noticing how long ago it was I purchased the figures, it has been a year to get one of the six armies complete. If I keep at the same rate, I will have it all finished by Christmas 2026.
These troops represent the Anglo-Saxons from about 701 CE onward, about the time the Anglo-Saxons adopted shield wall tactics in battle until the time of Knut.
The army as painted covers the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia, East Anglia and Northumbria as well as some minor states.
These kingdoms were the ones that bore brunt of the Viking invasions and later struggle for control of England.
For those looking for the inspiration for this period, there are many books, both fiction and non-fiction around the period as well as coverage with fictional and semi-fictional TV series coming to mind. The Last Kingdom, set in the time of Alfred’s England and the Vikings, set just a little earlier are two that come to mind.
In wargame terms and for the DBA wargame rules, the army is III/24b Anglo-Saxon Army 701-1016 AD. The army as painted can also be used (morphed) into the Anglo-Saxons of 617 to 700 CE, when the infantry behaved more like warbands.
The great fyrd – poorer or older retired warriors
The members of the shield wall – spearmen fighting closely packed
The general or king in company with his hird – the best warriors in the shieldwall armed in part with big axes
Archers or scouts – for annoying the enemy and ranging ahead of the warriors to avoid ambushes
The rest of the hird, the best warriors in the shieldwall armed in part with big axes