Wednesday 31 December 2008

New Year Resolutiuons

1. Finish the Pictish minis I promised myself I'd finish by the end of December, by the end of January.
2. 2009 is declared "Year of the Early Imperial Roman Auxiliary"
3. ...except that I also have to finish the Celtic army
4. Develop a set of rules with Ian that enable me to use my 24-man units
5. Run a Roman Campaign
6. Buy less minis than I paint... LOL!

Happy New Year All! Simon

Monday 8 December 2008


These is a photo that I've had lurking for a while; my first 2 units of Greek Thureophoroi, beautifully painted by the very able Nick S. The figures are mostly Foundry peltasts, although the command stands are from Crusader Miniatures Rank and File Range. The shields are all Old Glory (my first ever OG purchases); I replaced the Crusader shields, because I wanted distinctive shield rims, which are very characteristic of Thureophoroi.

My concept is that they are regulars (hence the all white shields); I'm planning two further units of scruffier Thureophoroi, and I'd ideally like to expand all four units to 24s, which is my favoured unit size for infantry. Thureophoroi are such a common troop type, I'm astonished that it took so long for someone to make them in bigger 28mm!

Thursday 4 December 2008

My First Phalanx!

This is a photo I took of my first phalanx. I painted about 2/3 of the figures, but 24 of the nicest minis at the front were painted by Andy Bryant.

The beauty of the dust cloud is that it makes the unit look bigger than it is; there are around 60 minis in the units, but they look like around 80 (most of the pikes protruding from the clouds don't have figures attached).

I'm part way towards a second phalanx but they are in a queue behind a whole lot of Romans.

Saturday 8 November 2008

This is where I'll be putting pictures of my models and documenting the campaigns of the Micro Wargaming Club of which I'm a member.


These pictures are from our last major battle, set in North Africa around 46BC, between two Roman armies, one Caesarean and the other Pompeian including a huge Numidian allied contingent including no less than 8 elephants.

Most of our battles tend to be very close but on this occasion, as at Thapsus, things went very pearshaped for the Pompeians from the outset.