Monday, 8 April 2019

Mancetter to Salute! Part I



Here are some lovely photos that chum Ian Notter took of our To the Strongest! Battle of Mancetter 61CE game. The shot above catches the back of the laager, warriors, slingers, Roman skirmishers, Auxilia line, legionary line and flanking horse.


Here's a wide shot. You can see that the British line is wider than the defile between the two forests, and the size of the hill which was perhaps 20cm high. 

The British had 12' of light troops and 12' of warriors, 2' of chariots and 4' of laager. The Romans had 4' of lights, 7' of auxiliaries, 4' of legionaries and 2' of cavalry. I might revisit this battle another year if I can get a few more units of warriors painted. :-) 


Above the shots show the forests. These attracted a lot of praise; they were assembled by the simple expedient of sticking ALL the trees that Ian and I own together, in close proximity to each other. The tall trees that people particularly liked, come from Debris of War.


Another show-stealing element was the flock of sheep in the foreground. From 1stCorps, and painted by chum Shaun McTague, these aroused more interest than the 900 freshly-flocked Celts. :-/


Above, druid offer a much-needed sacrifice. Below, a downhill shot, taken from behind the Roman lines. You can just make out the British women in the distant laager.



The British warrior units are three ranks deep, bolstered by heroes. These turned out to be quite formidable of which more, in part II, tomorrow!


And finally, here's a photo of me grinning like a loon, nicked from Antonio Dimichele.  As you can see, I had a VERY good time!

33 comments:

David said...

A fine effort there Simon. Will it be at Partizan perhaps?

Jonathan Freitag said...

A spectacle stunning beyond words...

Steve J. said...

Simply stunning! The sheep and the sacrifice really add to the whole, as do the woods.

BigRedBat said...

Thanks chaps!

David- yes I might well take it to t'other Partizan and quite probably to SELWG. Still giving it some thought.

Paul´s Bods said...

Looks stunning...like the Shirt btw :-)

Marco Ortalda said...

Fantastic table! my compliments

Michal Kucharski DwarfCrypt said...

That's more than excellent~!

TamsinP said...

It was a great looking game Simon. Good to catch up, if only briefly. :)

Friends Of General Haig said...

A fabulous looking game, Simon. I love that slope. So often the brilliant ideas seem so simple! It was great to meet you in person.

Rob Young said...

It was an imporessive host.

Carlo said...

Absolutely wonderful looking game Simon. Really a great load of figures and the table looks simply stunning!

marinergrim said...

Splendid to see a large game in what appears to have been a small game show. Terrific - well done. Inspires me to get more Republicans done.

Biblicrafts Miniatures said...

Wow! Epic battle!! Great figures!!

BigRedBat said...

Thanks all!

Phil Robinson said...

Spectacularly epic, hope to see it at P2

Prufrock said...

Looks fantastic, BRB!

Gonsalvo said...

Looks awesome. And I thought I was a megalomaniac when it came to games; not even in the same league, LOL!

BigRedBat said...

Thanks all! Phil, yes quite possibly. Peter; I fully commit! ;-)

Paul Scrivens-Smith said...

As ever a brilliant display of gaming.

dvdstr said...

Amazing Simon. Thanks Ian for the photos.
Dave

Happy Wanderer said...

...all my superlatives have already been used by the other comments.

Totally epic Simon.

Great stuff.

BigRedBat said...

Thanks again chaps!

Ray Rousell said...

A terrific looking game, Simon, just sorry we only got to chat on the way out!

BigRedBat said...

There's never enough time at Salute, Ray. :-(

Phil said...

Outstanding pictures, so many eye candies!

BigRedBat said...

Merci Phil!

ICM said...

Simon, this was a great day. Any defeat for Rome is a good day anyway, but this was just such a pleasure. Fantastic armies! Great company! And druids!

Curt said...

What a beautiful looking game Simon, bravo! I love the table-wide slope. Really reinforces the formidable defensive position.

BigLee said...

It was a wonderful looking game and seemed (rightly) to be attracting a lot of attention. Good to see you again, albeit briefly.

tim said...

Gadzooks! That's a spectacular looking battle!

BigRedBat said...

Thanks again chaps! I'm already planning the next one. :-)

caveadsum1471 said...

It was a fantastic looking game,lots of great details! One of the best games at Salute!
Best Iain

BigRedBat said...

Thanks Ian!