Sunday, 30 August 2015

Equites quarti clibanarii Parthi


These superb cataphractoi were painted by Shaun Redzed Watson, who very kindly sold them to me last year. I have rebased them and named them after one of the units from the Eastern empire, the Fourth Parthian Clibanarii. We don't know exactly how clibanarii differed from cataphractoi. In my armies, the eastern clibanarii will ride half-armoured horses, 'cos that's how the minis came!


The basing is a bit of a departure for me; instead of the normal 3 bases for  a units, I have divided them into 2, so that they can either form a deep wedge or a line as I choose. 

I am really delighted with them!  It is very likely they will be on the table next Sunday at Partizan for the very large game that I'm putting on with James Morris, Steve Jones, Scrivs and Mog. If you are coming to Partizan and fancy playing, please drop me a line!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Sanctus Germanus

Saint Germanus was the Bishop of Auxerre who visited Britannia in the 5th Century to combat an outbreak of Pelagian heresy. Whilst there he supposedly led the Britons to defeat a large Saxon and Pictish raid in what is sometimes referred to as the Alleluia Victory.

I have re based these lovely figures painted by Shaun Watson (Redzed) as a command stand for a projected Arthurian-era Romano-British force. I believe the minis  are Westwind, and the stand itself is half round, designed to be placed in front of a unit as an attached general in TtS! terms.

It would be fun to have a mini campaign with a fervent continental bishop wandering around Britain, suppressing heresy and battling foreign invaders.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Equites Dalmatae Passerentiaci


The Equites Dalmatae Passerentiaci are a unit from the command of the Magister Equitum in Gaul. On his Notitia site Luke Ueda-Sarson suggests that Passerentiaci refers to a place, perhaps Passaro in Epirus - it might just possibly be a nickname "sparrows." Shaun Watson (Redzed) painted these for me, lovely jobs, except I hand-painted the shield designs based on Luke's page.

These chaps will be veteran light cavalry with javelin in TtS! terms and will likely get their first outing at Partizan in two weeks, when I am planning a big Late Roman game with various chums.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Schola scutariorum prima


This unit of late Roman guard cavalry were superbly painted by Shaun Watson (Redzed); I merely had to apply shield transfers and base. Most of the minis are Gripping Beast, and very nice minis they are, too. This is the first of four new Late Roman cavalry units for a planned game at the Wargames Holiday Centre in November.


Sunday, 16 August 2015

Equites Romanes


This is a unit of Aventine Roman Equites that Shaun Watson (Redzed) painted for me, that I've finally finished basing. They are lovely models that will guard the right wing of my Polybian legions. Now I need to get some more Italians allies painted up for the other wing. 


In other news, over the last few weeks I've uploaded another bunch of army lists for To the Strongest!

  • Philistines in the Cradle of Civilization booklet
  • Early Achaemenid Persians to the Kingdoms of the East booklet
  • Camillan Romans to Rise of Rome booklet
  • Scots Irish in the Rome's Empire booklet
  • Early Bulgars to the Late Antiquity booklet
  • Nikephorian Byzantines to the Early Medieval booklet
  • Norse and Medieval Irish, Arab Conquest, Ummayad Caliphate, Teutonic Knights, Sengoko Samurai and Ikko-Ikki, to the Later Medieval booklet

They can be downloaded for free from the BigRedBatshop. I'm on a bit of a roll with the Medievals and expect to publish the various Medieval Russian lists this week.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Fun at the Wargames Holiday Centre



I have another weekend of To the Strongest! gaming at the Wargames Holiday Centre near Basingstoke on the weekend of  6th to 8th November.  The games I anticipate running include:


  • Thapsus - Caesar vs. Pompey and Juba in North Africa
  • Megalopolis - Antipater’s Macedonians attempt to seize a mountain pass from the Spartans; this game reduced us to tears of laughter, back in May.
  • On the road to Ravenna - Late Romans, Roman deserters, Goths and Huns battle it out in Northern Italy
  • Zela - Caesar chastens Pharnaces’ Pontics; or not, as the case may be…
  • Athens and Sparta – will Athenian numbers triumph over Spartan prowess and drill?
  • Take the High Road - the Romans intercept a raiding Pictish army


There will be as many minis of as my car will carry - and I have a very big car!  :-)  We usually have three or four games set up at a time and people get to play most or all of them over the course of the weekend. If you've not played before I can instruct and give you a rule book to take away at the end.

We usually stay in the local Hilton which is very nice and surprisingly cheap.  A fine time will be had by all!

If you are interested drop me a line, or contact Mark Freeth here.

Best, Simon