Mark has painted significantly more cavalry and chariots (he has over 27 of these painted up in 28mm) so to balance up the sides a few of his chaps joined mine. Not that it made much difference....more on that in a minute.
Fortunately when we started this project we agreed a standardized approach to our basing, unit size, and even the colour of the static grass we were going to use. The end result two very serviceable armies painted to wargamer's standards and easily interchangeable.
Did I mention that we are both putting together Roman legions? Once we get into Summer next year the plan is to put out a 50 foot table in the garden and fight a really big battle.
Anyway back to the game in hand. We used Hail Caesar as this delivers the fast, frenetic and friendly game. It also helps that most of the players in the shed are familiar with the rules. Monday night saw us joined by Glen and Alastair.
I was delighted that Glen was on my side as it was his Norman cavalry that overran my Saxon wing at Hastings with some phenomenal dice rolling.
More on my Celtic Army can be found here
Onto the battle....
In the picture below you can see Mark setting out his troops, aside from a few trees the field was devoid of terrain.
The centres slowly advance...
Large numbers of chariots and cavalry....
Infantry assaults on the far wing
More troops pour forward
Here come the all action shots....
A furious cavalry engagement - these chariots are very tough
Across the field battles are raging...
Its very chaotic and great fun.
By now my right wing has been decimated, and things are not looking too hot for my tribe
The cavalry battles rage on....
More warbands enter the fray...
The opposition survey the damage they are doing to my poor tribe..
More action shots...
The centre's finally meet....
With one massive crunch...
The picture below shows the emptiness of this flank - some 10 units were destroyed here
The final slog...
It was a great learning curve for future games and the nuances of getting warbands, chariots, skirmishers and cavalry to work together will need to be tested, before these chaps meet the Romans.
Talking of Romans I'll be sharing my latest progress in the next blog post.
Absolutely brilliant looking game!ReplyDelete
A wonderful spectacle!ReplyDelete
Fabulous effort. It all looks brilliantReplyDelete
Fantastic! Can't wait for the Romans, though!ReplyDelete
Thank you - are you coming back to the Shed soon?Delete
That really does look good, it will be a treat to see them joined by the Legions.ReplyDelete
Thank you - Next blog post will record progress on the RomansDelete
That's a lot of Gauls you have there.
Thank you - perhaps too manyDelete
It was a great game and lovely to see the fruits of the huge amount of work you and Mark have put in. Sadly I think a lot of the credit for my success might have to go to the dice...can I buy those orange dice off of you??? :)ReplyDelete
No you cannot buy the dice - I will be using the Orange ones next ;-)Delete
What an absolutely incredible table and game!ReplyDelete
Impressive mass of troops there, well done!ReplyDelete
Really an epic looking game. Nicely done! When you get to fighting Romans, you should try out the new Tactica II rules. They easily facilitate lots of troops and have mechanisms to simulate the toughness of Roman Legions.ReplyDelete
Lovely spectacle.Ive been putting together an Ancient British force sadly it cant match your efforts. Its really strange how the Brits have become dare I say it popular. t must be the chariots. Well doneReplyDelete
I cannot but add to the chorus: that looks bloody fantastic! Congrats to you all.ReplyDelete
Truly amazing all those lovely figures Top jobReplyDelete