All posts tagged “ancient wargaming

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Can wargaming ever be justified?

Please read below our club response to the decision of the so called “right-reverend”Hugh Dispenser , Vicar and custodian of Morgansdown Church Hall, to decline our application for club residency on “pacifist” grounds…. Dear “Vicar”, The fundamental principle underlying all justifications of wargaming, from the… Read More

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Lessons from the tabletop #eat defeat

The flanking attack is a staple of Wargames victory. An enemy may be strong frontally but few armies can withstand a concerted attack from their unguarded flank. The is true of the L’art de la Guerre system when the defender’s factors are reduced to zero… Read More

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Wargames miniatures- how much longer?

‪“… every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”‬ ‪George Orwell, 1984‬… Read More

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D.B.A., LADG, Impetvs options

God we love our jargon. Do you think any casual reader understands what the title refers to. The more organised gamer may use the same figures in sabots that allow him/her/zim to utilise the same figures but real men just collect more and more metal. And now, I’ve even got back into painting and basing ( and tackling the lead bedroom floor in the process)


The problem is of course how to base your miniatures if you don’t stick to one set of rules. It may not be a perfect answer but I use either 40mm squares or 80mm wide “Impetvs” bases. These bases cover the main , most popular systems. The squares are fine for L’art de la Guerre and the original De Bellis Antiquitatis. The larger bases can be used for Big Base DBA ( more to come on this one), Impetvs and Kings of War. I do really like the bigger bases but I still love LADG so I’m not rebasing everything.




Four big bases 80mm by 40mm- French blades or Henry Tudor’s mercenaries at a pinch (above)


Neopolitans guards above and Papal spearmen below


Syrian cavalry repainted by the legendary Keith Mc Glynn ( below)


Scottish blades below


Gascon Knights for the Hundred Year’s War below


Last of this week’s reorganisation- mounted medieval crossbowmen


As you can see, it’s been a productive week but there remains more to finish off. I would dearly love to collect enogh bases that I wouldn’t need to mix and match between boxes but I don’t think the rafters would take the strain. Truly inspired by a mini campaign Mike Lane and I played last week

 So stay tuned- this last figure was a painted sample I sent for at least twenty years ago- I’ve finally found a use for him as a general! there is always hope for that odd figure!

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Anniversary Ambush

Which city finally fell on the 29th May? It may have been 1453 but it still upsets the Greek members of the Tercio! What better way of marking the anniversary by creating your own mini dioramas of the fall of Eastern Christendom?Of course they would… Read More

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War-gods of Slimbridge

Three months have passed since my last tournament, so it was with some trepidation that we entered the lair of the Beast, the Tudor Arms, Slimbridge, for a three round L’art de la Guerre competition. 120 points  gives you a decent sized game that can… Read More

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Kings of War – One man army

The perfect wargame? A game that looks the part and captures the drama of battle. Armies that are collectable and rules that are understandable. A set of rules that are good fun to play. Is this possible? Are the toy soldier general’s searching in vane.… Read More

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Caputt Porci- The West in Danger

Constantius, Emperor of the East, may have been feeling quite pleased with his victories but the West was in a state of despair. Their loss against the usurper had forced a change in Ravenna. No more would they rely on allies, the West would be… Read More