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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.

TTFN & KBO

26 comments:

  1. Handsome armies and a first game. This is a satisfying bridge to cross.

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    1. Thank you Jonathan it was great to get them on the table. More cavalry will be in the painting blocks when I have finished the Napoleonic French Swiss battalion I am working on.

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  2. It was a splendid sight, a whole new army taking the field. It was a intriguing game, both sides feeling for weaknesses until the Ostrogoths struck decisively! Then there was no steming the tide of battle overwhelming the Byzantines. Sadly though I did not get to slay the general as I predicted...

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    1. Thank you. Perhaps they would have done better with the General in play?

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  3. Lovely looking armies, very impressive, looks like it was a really good game, with all that you can't ask for much more.

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    1. Thank you Donnie, it was a fine game and not the walk over it looked.

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  4. What a spectacle. The men are terrific but there is also a wealth of painting in all those varied horses. Makes me want to paint Goths. I'll get there eventually.
    Stephen

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  5. Very nice to see the collection in action Phil... stunning looking figures, wonderful colour choices! A fine specticle in all, inspiring us all to try harder! πŸ‘

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    1. Thank you Paul most kind. We all need inspiration glad to be of service.

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  6. A splendid looking game Phil…
    Your work on both these armies is exquisite… If you ever run out of storage space I am more than happy to look after them for you… 😁

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thank you Aly. Storage is becoming an increasing problem, though it does keep the butterfly in check.

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  7. Phil, you prove that ancient armies look good and Byzantine look even better. Nice that the game was exciting, those Goths, always causing trouble.

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  8. Nice to get these to the table … beautiful.

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  9. Two of my favourite armies which I will never get, lovely Phil.

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  10. Very impressive on all levels there Phil:)!

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    1. Thank you for the continued encouragement Steve.

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  11. What a spectacle. I love that you are already planning more troops on the table for next time...that is normally what I am thinking after the first half of any game is over.

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  12. Thank Matt much appreciated. The Byzantines certainly need more cavalry to fend off those Goths

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  13. That is a fantastic collection Phil!

    Christopher

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  14. Brilliant, inspiring and just how wargaming armies should look in my view. Keep up the great work.
    All the best Airhead

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  15. Thank you that is most kind and appreciated.

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