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Wednesday 21 February 2024

New Army Syndrome

Yes it struck my Early Byzantine force the other day although the new unit I had painted dId itself proud. However it was not enough to stem the Ostrogoths attack.
We used Neil Thomas Ancient and Medieval rules as planned but as we had not played for a while we used them straight out of tin without our house rules to keep things simple.
A photo montage to show the course of the engagement follows.
The Byzantines arrayed for battle.
After a cautious start the Ostrogoths cavalry engage their opposite numbers.
The combat continues for several turns neither side giving way.
Over on the flank the opposing light cavalry conduct there almost private contest, the Moors galloping up and back again throwing their javelins while the Huns reply with their bows.
Meanwhile both sides infantry are content to stand by while their archers to exchange missiles
The far right Byzantine cavalry are eventually bested and the victorious Ostrogoths slam into the flank of the other unit.
Although assailed on both the flank and their front the Byzantines bravely fight on but numbers begin to tell and they too are put to flight. The Huns seeing the destruction of the Byzantine cavalry also quit the field leaving the Byzantine infantry at the mercy of the maruading Ostrogoths cavalry.
They too fight on tenaciously but they know it will be to no avail as they are heavily outnumbered now. They put down their swords and surrender to the mercy of the enemy.
It was good to get the army out on the table for the first time, I now need to get on with some more cavalry.


Friday 16 February 2024

The General

I have painted this Aventine Miniatures figure up for the upcoming game next week, although generals aren't represented on the table in the Neil Thomas rules we like to have them. We have house rules for them which you can find in the side bar.
We will see how he fares next week, until then.