Sunday, 16 October 2016

Siege of Lachish - 701 BC

Our most recent Command & Colours outing afforded another opportunity to field my Hittite city walls.  As it was a siege I had to supplement them from my box of wooden blocks.  Still the ensemble looked pretty impressive.
 The black pipe cleaners marked the edges of the Assyrian ramp - built in order to negate the stout walls.
 Graham and Tom led the Assyrians.  Most of the figures are actual Assyrians but the siege engines are represented by Roman artillery
 As the Assyrians blundered forward the Caananites - led by John - managed to set alight both siege engines - the rotters!
 The Caananite figures were actually mostly Egyptians.  Close enough?
 After losing the siege engines the Assyrians made several more assaults...
 ...but the Caananites saw them all off.
Eventually the Assyrians conceded - a walkover for the Caananites this time but I'd like to try this scenario again.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Leopard 2 - the truth at last

Thank you to all those who commented on my previous post.

When I was casting around to see what kits were available in 1/48 scale for my Little Cold Wars forces I did see a Leopard 2 but sadly is was the relatively recent version with the pointy turret armour.  As the LCW doesn't progress much past 1979 I wanted the early slab-sided version.  But hang on - didn't I see a kit of a tank I always think of as a Leopard 2 clone?

Why yes indeed.  The Type 90 may be deficient in roadwheel numbers and has several other detail differences but as my earlier photos show, when spayed green and wearing black crosses it certainly looks the part!

Oh, and they were only about £6 each...

And that sound you can hear is the wailing and gnashing teeth of  'proper' wargamers.  Bless 'em.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Leopard 2

Sorry posts have been a bit thin of late.  Recent modelling accomplishments are also rather scarce but include this brace of 1/48ish scale Leopard 2.
Hull down in a dip thoughtfully provided by Zoe the dog.

It would be very easy to pick fault with these models - a very obvious fault in fact.  Let's see who spots it first...
Added 1525 28.09.16:  I should point out that these are early L2s, with the slab-sided turrets rather than the pointier A5 versions.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Pteria 547BC

On Wednesday I ran another display of pointy sticks.  This particular battle saw King Croesus of Lydia (he who was not short of a few bob) invading the territory of upstart rival Persia under Cyrus II.
Prior to making war on Persia Croesus had invested heavily in a prophecy from the Oracle at Delphi.  But more of that later.
Before the game I looked up the battle in my 1930 edition of Heredotus and was entertained to see that Croesus was warned by a wise Lydian by the name of Sandanis about attacking the Persians:  "Thou art about oh! king, to make war against men who wear leathern trousers, and have all their other garments of leather..."  Not the image of Persians that I had!
 The man himself at the head of the Lydian army.  Though they may look a bit like Assyrians.
 The field of battle.  John and Martin commanded the Persians while Tim C, Tom and Graham led the Lydians.
The Lydian right - with actual heavy cavalry!
 Cyrus II.  Listen carefully and you can hear the squeak of those leather trousers...
 The Persian left fielded a cheeky chariot - so surely a breakthrough was guaranteed?
 Opening moves.  The Lydian cavalry advanced and made a nice line.
 After initial Lydian success the Persian left got stuck in and drove off the heavy cavalry, killing the Lydian assistant commander.
 The victorious Persian cavalry doing some synchronized pointy stick waving.
 In the centre things were getting interesting.  Croesus had led the centre in an attack...
 ...but it was driven off with losses all round.  Even Croesus's bodyguard unit was eliminated.
 By now the Persians were well in the lead and needed only one more banner to secure a victory... they surrounded an isolated Lydian unit and attacked it with four of their own!
 The Lydian unit fought bravely and forced a couple of the Persian units to run away...
...but by now the end was never in doubt.  A 6-2 victory for the Persians and Cryus - now know as Cyrus the Great.

Back in 547BC the battle was bloody but indecisive so Croesus marched off back to Sardis, his capital and there paid off his army all the time thinking "I'll have another go next year."  What he hadn't reckoned with was that Cyrus would follow him home.  The rotter.

And the Delphic prophecy? "If King Croesus should cross the Halys River, a great empire will fall."  One did.  Sadly his own.