Friday, 19 December 2014

To the Strongest! Facebook Site

I have just set up a Facebook site for the rules, where I'll let people know all the latest developments, especially new army lists as they become available.  It can be found at:


In other news I have reorganised all the army lists so far into five separate "booklets" and an index. I will add more booklets over time, and some booklets will be later be subdivided.  So far I have:
  • Kingdoms of the East
  • Rise of Rome
  • Rome's Empire
  • Late Antiquity
  • Medieval
All of the booklets and the index are available for free download from the BigRedBatShop.  

I've added a half-a-dozen new lists over the last week (including Ptolemaics, Saxons and Normans), and expect to post some more shortly (Goths, Huns, Vandals etc).

Can I say a huge thank you to everyone who has bought a set of To the Strongest!  I am very pleased to say that I have sold a whole lot more sets than I had expected to by this stage, which is why I'm working so hard to get the most important lists published.  If there is a particular list you are after, please post in comments and I'll try to prioritise it.

I hope to have time to play a game, myself, in the first week of January; something a little different...

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Men at work..

Over the next few days I'll be giving the BigRedBatCave a much-needed makeover.  Please bear with me whilst I do so!

If you have any difficulty viewing any part of the screen, please drop me an email or add a line in "comments".

Thanks, Simon

Monday, 8 December 2014

Gratianenses WIP


I'm a little up against it, but had time to grab a couple of WIPs shot of my new Auxilia Palatina unit, which was mostly painted by Shaun Watson. I really like the animated poses of these Black Tree minis. Proper photos in a few days time.  Below, the bases are grouted ready for painting.


Regarding To the Strongest!, I am currently working on Alexander and the Successors, and have a couple of new lists available for free download from the BigRedBatShop (Rise of Macedon, Alexandrian Imperial).  

You might also like to look at one of the things that has been slowing me down, recently!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Leones to Gratianenses

Last night I repainted the shields on the "Leones Iuniores" as the Gratienses, as discussed in a previous post.  I also took the opportunity to reduce the width of the rawhide edgings and to weather them.  Here is the before...


And here is the after...


I'm pleased that they look sufficiently different to warrant inclusion in my Late Roman army.  Proper photos to follow when they are based.

On the "To the Strongest!" rules front, I have added several new armies to the free spreadsheet of army lists, including Germans, Dacians, Sarmatians and a "Rise of Macedon" list for the Armies of Phillip II and Alexander.  It can be found here.  I am pleased to report that the rules are selling well!

Monday, 1 December 2014

More fun with the Notitia

I've been looking at Luke Ueda-Sarson's excellent Notitia Dignitatum site, which is the site for the Late Roman shield design alficionado.

The good news is that there is a similar design to my other unit.  I hesitate to copy images from the site due to copyright, but the Gratianenses have a very similar shield design to what I thought were the Leones Iuniores.  It turns out that, due to the failings of a copyist back in days of yore, the names of some of the units most likely have the wrong names.  My Leones Iuniores are, in fact, probably the Leones Seniores. The Gratienses probably aren't the Gratienses, either, but someone else!  It is all fearfully complicated.  However it means I can retain both units, and can probably "fix" all of the shields in an evening's work. Tomorrow evening's work!  

Saturday, 29 November 2014

You wait years for one Leones Iuniores to come along, and then two arrive at once!

Whilst I was finishing the rules, my very own Spanish ulcer started playing up very badly, and I've not painted any ancients for a month.

Now, however, I'm slowly recovering and am going to base some lovely figures I bought off Shaun Watson earlier this year.  First, though, I want to repaint most of the helmets in steel, and weather the shields, so I have mounted them on temporary bases to facilitate this.


Shaun's unit are the Leones Iuniores.  But, I hear you say, surely BigRedBat already owns a unit of Leones Iuniores? (below)


Shaun's are so much better painted than the above unit that I painted myself, however, I just couldn't resist them.  I'll have two, and probably sell mine later on.  Or just maybe, there is another unit with a similar shield in the Notitia... I do recall some similar shield designs.  I shall have to take a look at Luke Ueda Sarson's excellent Notitia resource.

To celebrate their unpacking I have loaded a free, illustrated Late Roman Army List for my To the Strongest! rules into my shop.  It can be downloaded from here.  

Friday, 28 November 2014

To the Strongest is released!


Over the last few days I have written about the mechanics of the rules; today I'll talk briefly about what's contained within them.

The rules come in the form of a 68 page PDF, illustrated with many photographs of beautifully painted figures (including many by leading painters) and of games, small and large. Diagrams They can be printed off or run from a tablet, such as an Ipad. When run on a tablet, the many hyper-links enable players to navigate swiftly to the appropriate section of the rules.  

I've just launched the rules in my new eShop, the BigRedBatShop, as the modest price of £9.99! They can be found here, where you can also download a number of free army lists:


Next week I will get some army lists out, and hopefully have time to play a game, myself!