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The Roman World – Playing the Period

    For the Senate and People of Rome! “Ancients” was never really my thing. I’d dabbled in it – in university I had a 15mm Early Republican Roman army, and used it to fight a campaign set in Sicily during the First Punic War. It just never took off, and I abandoned ancients for

The Battle of the Samara, 57BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm Due to popular request we returned to Gaul this week, for another grudge map between Caesar’s Romans and the locals. While our last one was set down in modern Switzerland, this one was in northern France, or rather Gaul, near the Gallic oppidum of Somarobriva (Amiens).We fought this

The Battle of Burgiens, 58BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm This week – a day of non-stop rain – Campbell and I braved the elements and made it to the club, where we fought a small Ancients game, using my Gauls and Caesarean Romans. This was Campbell’s first foray into the Gallic Wars, and his first proper experience

Disaster on the Axona, 57BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm I’d been meaning to play an Ancient game for a while now, especially after I’d finished expanding my Marian Roman army. So, when Ken Pearce offered a battle using his Gauls I jumped at the chance.  So, battle was duly joined on a fairly open plain in the valley

The Battle of Aliartos, 86 BC

The Roman World,  To the Strongest,  28mm This week we were off to Greece, to try out a new set of Ancient rules. To the Strongest are certainly different. For starters players don’t use tape measures or dice. Instead the tabletop is divided into unobtrusive squares, and cards are drawn to decide activation and to

The Battle of Orchomenos, 88BC

The Roman World, Crusader Ancient Rules, 28mm While I have a couple of Ancient armies (Late Republican Roman and Mithraditic Pontic) this isn’t really a major period for me. Its one I return to now and then when I want something different. Well, Orkney wargamer Joe had been wanting to play an Ancients game for

The Battle of Bilios, 86BC

The Roman World , Hail Caesar, 28mm This game was set loosely in The Mithraditic Wars of 89-81 BC, and pitted a Late Republican Roman army of two legions against a mixed bag of Mithraditic troops. This really was a mixed bag – while the core of the Mithraditic Pontic army consisted of phalangites in

The Battle of Chrisophilae, 86 BC

The Roman World, Hail Caesar, 28mm The day after my Napoleonic game my attic wargaming den in Orkney was pressed into service again. The excuse was a visit from my friend Chris Henry, who brought his Successor army to bolter my growing collection of Hellenistic troops. The scene was set for a fictitious battle set

The Relief of Paronakos, 178 BC

The Roman World, Hail Caesar, 28mm I’ve got to say, I’m not really an Ancients player. However, I found myself talked into taking part in this huge game, and it inspired me to finally paint that Roman army I’ve had languishing in the lead pile for several years. Actually, that’s not strictly true. I swapped

Plethora, 336 BC

The Roman World, Hail Caesar, 28mm I haven’t played an Ancient game for as long as I can remember – it must be at least a decade or more. Usually they don’t excite me that much – all that hacking and pushing, with no gunpowder. Still, I was invited to take part in this small