Friday, 21 October 2016

Old ancient games no. 4 (plus packaging re-visited)

Celts v Greeks

The last of the games that Mark and I played back in June was another game of ancients. This was a surprise for the Celts!

As the priests of both sides performed their sacrifices...

... the sheep continued "harmlessly passing their time in the grasslands awaaaay!"

Peacefully oblivious of the human struggle that was about to play out on the broad plain below their quiet hillside home.

The Celts (above) eager to come to grips with their Greek foes (below).

So they came on, lead by their chariots and a few warbands, the bulk of the latter in the second line with their chieftain.

On the left the cavalry were the first to come to grips, albeit indecisively.

The lead warbands ran into the Greek light infantry,

while the chariots hurtled towards the hoplite phalanx—not the best of ideas!

Eventually the Celtic horsemen on the left overcame their adversaries.

The chariots found the hoplites were not at all intimidated by them and barely affected by their throwing javelins.

The Celtic front line was breaking up, so victory would need to be achieved by the warbands behind.

The chariots were soon dispersed by the hoplites.

The warbands went in!

They began to have the better of the fight.

The élite nakeds could not breakthrough,

but the victory of the 'regular' warband to their left tipped the Greek army to their breakpoint.

A tough, ebb and flow battle but, with a bit of luck on their side, the Celts were victorious!

That concludes the series of brief reports of our games from back in June.

Next game for us is the Battle of Zama, 202 BC, which we'll play tomorrow. Report to follow soon...

Packaging revisited

Back in September, I posted some photos of damage to books that I'd received by mail and the subsequent sub-standard response from the shop, of which I'm now a former customer.

By contrast, check out the photos below of a suitably packaged order from the good people at Naval & Military Press.

Securely packaged, the contents were not going anywhere,
... plus they were placed in a plastic bag, to keep them together and protected should any damage occur to the packaging.

This package contained books for which I paid a mere two to three pounds each, plus 8.35 p & p, but the packaging was far, far superior to those that had cost me ten times the price!

Chalk and cheese, really.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Ancient games from the past no. 3

Republican Romans v Samnites-Celts

After our games of Numidians v Caesarean Romans and Battle of the River Düna, the third of our games played in June gave Mark a chance to use his newly painted "Samnites in White Satin" 
 (the fourth of these games past has also been posted now).

The armies arrayed opposite one another. Samnites-Celts at top of picture, the latter to the left.

 Opposite them the Republican Romans; three legions with associated cavalry and velites.

 Urged on by their druid...
 the Celts charged at the Romans.

 A cavalry mêlée began on the Celts' lett flank,
 while the warbands charged in the centre.

 Meanwhile, the Samnite cavalry made it's way around the Roman right flank.

The central mêlée continued, neither side able to get the upper hand. Odds were against the Celts, having failed to beat the Romans with their initial charge.

The cavalry mêlée on the Roman left also continued. Here the Celts were getting the upper hand, but the Romans threw in more units, albeit weakened ones.

In the centre, the Romans were beginning to break up the Celts' warbands and to drive off the chariots.

On the Roman right a desperate attack by velites failed to stop the Samnite cavalry, so the triarii reserves were forced to turn to face the threat.

Finally the Roman cavalry were victorious on the hill. A small warband unable to turn the tables.

Reaching their break point, the Celtic army withdrew. This loss was enough to reach the break point for the entire Samnite-Celtic army.

 Just as the Samnite infantry had been preparing a counter-attack.

The Samnites in White Satin were not involved at all...!