Wednesday 31 May 2023

Last 48 hours of the Early Summer Sale in the BigRedBatShop

It's the final 48 hours of my early summer sale of various to the Strongest!-related products, including the rules, army lists, various wobbly-edged bases, chits, magnetic basing materials and terrain. Discounts vary from a modest 10% to a mighty 50%.

Get them while you can! You can find all the Sale products here.

Thursday 25 May 2023

Ipsus at Partizan- the close-ups!

Chum Ian Notter shot some great images of our huge "To the Strongest!" Ipsus game at Partizan, which was a slightly extended version of the Saltue game. All the photos will enlarge if you click on them. Above the pike phalanxes clash; the Antigonids are in the foreground and to the right. One of my favourite image of the whole battle; almost abstract!


Above are some of the allied phalanxes. They are screened by Asiatic archers- I need a whole lot more of these. Below, Thracian light horse skirmishing. I need more of these, too. :-)

Above are some of Demetrius' cavalry squadrons. These performed well on the day, wiping out the opposing wing and turning onto the flank of the phalanx which was (fortunately) protected by elephants. Below is a shot of the remainder of the cavalry wing; you may be able to make out Demetrius in front, with his kontos.

Above is part of the Antigonid phalanx; most of these minis are new, this year. The argyraspides are on the left of the image. That's Antigonus and his litter beyond the phalanx. The elephant screens are deployed in the foreground- each side had one, 20' in all. Below is a better view of the "no man's land" between the two phalanxes. Most of the lights and elephants shown here were to perish during the course of the morning session.

Above, the phalanxes clash. To the rear can be seen part of the Allied elephant reserve and (below) in front of them some Thracians from Lysimachus'contingent.

Elephant screens were able to withdraw behind the phalanx (as above) by some mechanism that, alas, the ancient authors alas do not describe. Presumably intervals were left that were later closed up.

Below, hoplites advance to the fray, screened by lights. They did a pretty good gob of resisting the pike phalanxes- honours were broadly even.

Above, a late-in-game shot from behind Antigonid lines. The Antigonids did really well, wiping out both Allied wings and then breaking the centre of the Allied line, winning a convincing victory and reversing history!

Huge thanks to Ian for the photos, and for all his help with basing. I'd also like to thank all those who helped to run the game (particularly Andrew and Andy), played in it or helped with the set up and knock down, which were considerable exercises, as you can imagine! Partizan is a splendid event, very well organised and a whole lot of fun. the highlight of the gaming year, in fact.

In other news, I've put a number of products on sale for the next few days, including the To the Strongest! and For King and Parliament rules, the army lists (which I'm really proud of, there are hundreds and they represent great value), chits and lots of bases and basing products. Get them while they are hot!

Friday 19 May 2023

Ipsus at Partizan

Hello all, I'll be at Partizan in Newark-on-Trent on Sunday- the award-winning To the Strongest! Salute game, as above, but slightly larger. If you wan to drop by for a chat, please do! Better still, if you'd like to play in the huge game- now with over 3K minis- please drop me an email and I'll book you in!

Wednesday 17 May 2023

Thessalians for Partizan

I'm dashing around basing a few final things for Sunday's huge Ipsus game at Partizan in Newart-upon-Trent. Above are two new squadrons of Thessalian cavalry in their famous rhomboids, freshly wood-glued to their bases. They have been assembled from my "reserves" (storage boxes of painted minis sourced from eBay) and represent the work of at least three different painters, but they came together well with a little overpainting and retouching. I'll be grouting tonight, dry brushing tomorrow and Ian will flock later in the day.

In total, I've managed to base an additional sixty cavalry figures for the big game on Sunday, which now involves a tad over 3,000 miniatures. If you'd like to play at Partizan, in what must be one of the largest ancient games ever run at a show, please drop me an email. 

If you want to buy anything from the BigRedBatShop for collection at Partizan, feel free to order, and drop me an email- I'll refund postage, bring it with and add some free extra chits or whatnot.

In other news there's a date for a TtS! tournament in Glasgow, below.  I'm assured that the recent event was a blast, please contact Dave Soutar at the address below, to reserve a place.

Monday 15 May 2023

Preparing for Partizan


I'm busy getting stuff ready for a slightly extended version of the big Salute Ipsus game, next Sunday at Partizan. This means adding some more units and tweaking the scenario. Mostly I need extra cavalry cavalry units; I'm doing whatever I can finish in time- some Greeks (actually Thebans) above and some Scythians below. They are just off to Ian for flocking, need tufts, too. There are also numerous Persians and Thessalians at other stages in the process.

I'm gradually re-modelling all my cavalry into units of 18 heavy and 10 lights. Much more grouting and flocking to follow!

If you are coming to Partizan on Sunday and would like to play in the big game, please drop me a line.

Wednesday 3 May 2023

The Circle of (Basing) Life

A year ago, I decided to reorganise my small wing of Persians into larger regiments, and asked Redzed to paint another dozen for me. I've finally gotten around to finishing the job, but needed to tackle the sad business of stripping the existing minis from their old (but sadly attractive and very serviceable) bases. Above is a photo of them in the process of debasing; the old bases have been soaked for 24 hours in water. Once softened, I gingerly pulled the minis off them, and salvaged the valuable tufts and even the magnets that were glued into the base. Thrifty, neh!

Here they are, glued onto their new bases, more densely packed than  previously and in two ranks, instead of one. You may be able to make out the holes into which I fit my magnets. Once the wood glue has dried, I'll grout, flock and tuft and the circle of (basing) life will be complete. Until the next time...