|Two units of Comitatenses with supporting Sagitarii archers - Gripping Beast figures.|
It has been a funny period for me since the demise of WAB. At our local club we had played Warhammer Ancient Battles for many years and thoroughly enjoyed the games, even though there have often been many vagaries with the results, heroic leaders and their devastating effects on combat etc. We enjoyed the games however more often that not we came down to 10.20 pm on the clock and the great rush for a charge and a result took over.
"Winning draw i think mate". Countered by "You have to be bloody joking!!". All in good spirits ...and that's just the way it was.
|Sassanid Saravan cavalry - in layman terms for the aged...Clibanarii with lance and bow!|
We have played Clash of Empires at the club. WAB V2.0 as some put it. Very good system but I have been looking for something a little different.
|Sassanid Militia on opportunity...though I am sure that they hope the "opportunity" never presents itself!|
Last year at Cancon, our national wargaming show put on by the CGS every Australia Day long weekend, I caught up with good mate Matt Williamson (Bluewillow) who was playing in an Impetus Tournament along with several other 28mm Ancient luminaries such as Chris K, Richard T etc. What struck me initially was the size of the bases and the ability to craft together more than a group of soldiers on 20mm square bases.
Looking at the games being played convinced me that this was the way to go. With cash in hand I hurried off and grabbed the rules plus the supplements from good mate Ian at War and Peace and we were off.
At least that what I thought...
|Roman cavalry to the flank - Equites and Illyricanii.|
The biggest task for me this year has been the publishing of the Colonial Sudan rules inspired by the games of Peter Gilder many years ago at the WHC. It has been a large task as I have felt that to do a half-hearted job getting them out and fully playable would be a disservice to the early memories and inspiration drawn from those series of Wargames World that I first read as a young teenager many moons ago.
These are however, nearing publication as the final proof reading is taking place as I type.
|CP Saravan - the cataphract style "Super Heavy Cavalry" as Phil Barker would have put it. Quite potent and resilient|
mounted troops though no bow option available in Impetus for them so some troops may need to be re-horsed!
|Those T supporting archers can be very, very effective against mounted who refuse to engage to the front.|
At the same time some players at the club who had normally played DBM, DBMMM, DBMMMM (maybe one M too far!), FOG etc. were looking for something different and started to dabble in Impetus as well. The dabble has become a full blown playing of the game at the NWS, albeit in 15mm.
|One of the Roman Commanders NOT to be disgraced and needing to flee the battle with his broken unit. |
The rest of the chaps did rather better though!
So taking to the shelves, grabbing figures that hadn't seen the light of day for many years, the conversion took place. Many cuts, scrapes, superglued and pva'ed fingers later I had produced 450 points of Late Rom,ans and Sassanids to play a battle in 28mm at the club last night with Geoff Marshall.
|Pivotal moment as the Cataphracts of both sides clash...Romans prevailed after a bloody stoush!|
Though we got a few things wrong (inches instead of 2cm for 28mm...made a difference for fire and movement - first game in 28mm though so can be forgiven) the game was great fun.
|Persian horse archers skirmish with their Roman enemies from the heights.|
The Romans pressed well initially on the right and had early success however the heavier Sassanid cavalry took its toll against their lighter armed opponents. On the left the Roman attacked aggressively with the cavalry wing and were shot to pieces, In the centre the cataphract battle decided the battle with the Persians breaking after they were swept from the field. Excellent game played to a tactical conclusion in just over 2 hours including breaks. Very enjoyable indeed and well played Geoff.
Already there has been some interest from other chaps at the club and the boys will get another outing in a few weeks. In the meantime some more basing and painting beckons.