Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Republican Romans Rebased again

The remnants of the Newline Designs 20mm Republican Roman Hastati and Principes. I gathered the painted figures and sorted them into what would be on each base as you will see this is based on the same pose filled out with command figures. 

The previous post showed the usual basing format of 12 figures arranged in 2 ranks on an 80mm frontage. For Lost Battles this represents average legionaries (ALE) in this system veteran units represent half as many men and usually half the frontage (40mm in my adopted basing scheme) except for veteran legionaries (VLE) who with half as many men as an average unit still occupy the same 80mm frontage (they offset this with a triple movement ability). In this way I have simply spread out 6 figures across the 80mm base, the more confident legionaries not needing to huddle together as much. Also its easy enough to place 2 veteran legionary bases to form a average one if necessary or for another gaming system:  

Work has begun on the Triarii which will have a mix of average and veteran bases and the Heroquest mission is completed which will get a post at some point. I'm currently a bit all over with my projects wanting to really get cracking through the ancients rebasing, which all need a few extra figures to square the numbers, I came across some primed Napoleonic Austrians which I have started to paint up although I feel adrift when it comes to my Napoleonic project! The overall plan is to continue with rebasing, Triarii is well underway needing only a few command figures, following with various contingents for the Punic wars.   

Romans Advancing with Pila:

Romans Standing:

Sunday, 3 July 2022

Hastati & Princepes Re-based

It was such a great relief to get a large chunk of the Newline Designs 20mm Romans rebased. These were just a straight up removal and rebase and there are more awaiting rebasing but require some extra figures painted to make up the units. With a large amount done it required a larger photoshoot so the post is very picture heavy! This is again where the Geek Villain fleece mat has come into its own simply by draping it over some books and boxes. Hills should be no problem to set up for a game.

I was thinking of mixing armour types more within the units but decided against it, there is the odd base that has a mix however I went with the usual convention of Hastatii in pectoral armour and Princepes in chainmail. This was influenced also by some interesting articles and podcasts from Ancient Warfare magazine. A very interesting and valid point was made that when Polybius was describing the Manipular Legion to his audience he was describing the "ideal" legion. In practice the legions raised would depend on many factors from the generals raising it or where it was raised for example. So in essence no two Roman armies would be the same, which is great for artistic licence or theming. In the legions raised here the officers have opted to group as many similarly equipped warriors as possible with the odd poorer equipped warrior with a good fighting reputation allowed into the Princepes, or could it be that the turnout has allowed the Hastatii to have a better than average equipment?  

In all there are 12 bases done, so for Lost Battles each will represent a unit of average legionaries, with that system there's no distinction between the Hastati or Princepes, units occupy a sector of the battlefield and the tactical movement is abstracted out you just have a sense of how worn out the battle line becomes. Very much like in Army level Napoleonic games where a brigade or division in the basic unit so smaller formation changes are assumed to be done by the sub commanders, the same logic can be applied to the ancient period. 

I'm also hoping to try out Strength & Honour which I received recently, again a unit represents a very large formation so there's no reason to worry about the Hastati/Princepes/Trairii line relief you would command legions not maniples and would have to trust the unit commanders to keep things right!  In my part finished homebrew rules (which progress on rare occasions) I did plan to have the three lines represented, but with most of the rules that appeal to me line relief is handled abstractly, so I'm starting to rethink my position on that one! 

So hopefully I'll get through the rest of the Hastati and Princepes soon, for the most part these will be made up into 6 figure bases which will be explained more thoroughly once posted. Once cleared I will hopefully get the Triarii figures sorted which only need a few command figures added to make up the numbers. 

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Tarantines Rebased

Another Straight up rebase since these were painted not too long ago relatively speaking. Also I incorporated some Tarantines that were donated to me by Elliott, admin of the Newline Designs painters group. He also painted the general which I based. These additional figures are beautifully painted and I'm very chuffed with them. Thank you Ell please check out his page!

This is finally the last rebase that was part of last Novembers mass cavalry rebase! I think the next thing will be some Rebased Romans, 12 bases done so far with more on the way which need additional figures painted for them. I think I will work on the light infantry rebase after that with Celtic and Iberian close order troops to be sorted. Furthermore there are 3 scythed chariots prepped awaiting assembly and painting along with the on going Heroquest side mission interspacing them all. Between everything gaming is being side-lined to say the least but part of that is having time to set up and game a battle while painting can be done here and there. Hopefully later on in the year the opportunity will present itself. I'm interested in trying out Strength & Honour, I picked up the rules and enthused about a future mid Republican Rome which will better reflect my collection although trying out the late Republic is not unfeasible currently.    


Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Gallic Cavalry Rebased

The Newline Designs 20mm Gallic cavalry rebased, medium and heavy, the heavy cavalry could have done with a bit of a spruce up and the medium cavalry's shields could have been decorated more, but decided against it they'll do for me! 

Slowly working through the Heroquest stuff, a large chunk of legionaries have been rebased with more getting worked on and I still need to write up the post on the rebased Tarrantine cavalry.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Numidian Cavalry Rebased

These Newline Designs 20mm Numidians have just had a straight rebase without any adjustments to the paint work. However the Numidian command figures which were once based together as noble cavalry have been distributed among the other bases as unit leaders to mix in a bit of variety.

Work slowly rumbles on on the Heroquest mission eventually I will do a post on the various miniatures painted. Also in the background my Punic wars era Romans are starting to get rebased. Still there are a few more posts to write up for stuff rebased ages ago.


New Skythians

A quick look at the new 20mm Skythian's from Newline Designs at the time of writing there are currently 3 codes foot archers, foot javelinmen and the horse archers on the top row of the picture below. However there are a few more codes coming out shortly and I got a few hasty snaps of the raw metal figures to give people an idea of what they are like.

First is the light cavalry Javelinmen, they use the same horse poses as the Archers. There are 3 varieties of riders and they came with wickershields and bowcase as well as javelins (however I use bristles). 

Secondly there are also some medium/heavy Skythian cavalry with an armoured horse and 3 better armoured rider poses. Again shields, weapons and bowcase come with this code. Further variety can be achieved by swapping the horse poses between the heavy and light codes. 

Overall a very welcome addition to the 20mm ancient world, especially since Skythians feature in many army lists as mercenaries.


Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Death of Ptolemy VI

The unit of Hellenistic Mercenaries from the previous post was inspired by a illustration by Seán Ó’ Brógáin featured in Ancient Warfare Magazine X. 2. Since I was snapping the mercenaries I thought I would grab some elephants and cavalry to emulate the illustration further. I was quite pleased with the Geek Villian rocky grass fleece cloth and it worked well with the sky sections. 

A reminder that PARADE GROUND 20mm is also on