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This army showcase is a little bit different in that it is only a 500 point army rather than 1,000. Fantastic Battles scale perfectly well for smaller armies and this army of Wyld Elves is about as small as it gets. It has focused on a small number of elite, resolute units supported by the full cadre of character types. All miniatures are 3D printed figures from Excellent Miniatures.
Always watching, the Wyld Elves of the far north are seldom seen unless they choose to be. Longing for nothing more than to dance in mountain meadows lit by the midnight sun, they are never-the-less ruthless and resolute warriors when summoned to war. The fleet-footedness of Wyld Elves is their racial trope, represented by the fast trait (+1 to their movement value).
From left to right are the she-elves commanding this small army: Hjartardottir the army warlord on her white stag, a Huldra magic-user, a captain and a rogue. In most small games, players take just a warlord and a captain; taking so many Wyld Elf characters will make this army very flexible and easy to command, but at the expense of additional units.
Moving swiftly and ignoring terrain that would hamper more conventional cavaly, the strongest Wyld Elves ride to war mounted on proud stags.
Most Wyld Elves are skilled archers and slingers. They muster in small skirmishing companies fighting from woods and excelling in hit and run tactics.
Attuned to the natural world, Wyld Elves often call upon their friends among the giant eagles to soar above their armies providing assistance from the air.
I would recommend Baccus, but another viable option would be Rapier Miniatures.
Excellent battle report and lovely miniatures. I’ve always been fascinated by the Parthians ever since the first Rome Total War game came out!
Haha! Yes, it is funny how inspiration gets crosspollinated. I’ve no real interest in the new Troy Total War computer game, but it’s an understatement to say I’ve been hankering to get my Minoans on the table ever since the computer game came out!
My first honest reaction is….AAARGH! Despite the temptation of 6mm, I went for 15mm for the big three Successor kingdoms (Macedonia, Seleucid and Ptolemaic) as Forged in Battle had just offered a great kickstarter for that very period. And I was happy with that. Then along comes comes your post, showing magnificent figures, and demonstrating the advantages of 6mm. Cavalry in wedges, a true elephant corps, masses of deep pike phalanxes. Really makes you feel like you’re commanding an army. I am now trying desperately not to head to Baccus’ website…
The Forged in Battle stuff does look great. However, as you say, I love the mass effect of smaller scales. I’ve played loads of 15mm in the past, but for big battles, I am a firm believer in 6mm or 10mm these days.
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That is really inspired. Great stuff!
Those look great Tony! … and of course every unit in that last battle report uses one of your bases as well.
Thanks Nic, Hopefully one for my Xmas list 😊
These look really interesting. Is there a planned release date yet ?
There is no precise date. Playtesters in multiple countries have been playing lots of test games to find any balance/points cost issues. Its more important that we iron these out than we meet an arbitrary deadline. That said, I am aiming at ‘winter’. So… November-December is likely.
Hello Nic! Sounds like a cool system. I’ve played a lot of Irregular Wars, and I really like the system a lot. The only part I dislike is the resolve/hp tracking for multiple bases. Have you seen any particularly clever ways players keep track of resolve other than wound counters or pencil and paper? It’s been fun following the development!
Hi! I’ve seen various different wound tracking systems, but all involve small dice, counters, tracking wheels or the like. Some people have little pins sticking up from the corner of a base, and place little beads on the pin when Resolve is lost. As you can see in the pictures, we just use the same hit counters that we use for everything.
Great looking game Ian. Those are some lovely figures!
Those are rather smashing looking Latins!
The next of my showcases comes in the form of the Ziggurat Dwarves. These are all from Cibo’s Little Dudes in Switzerland – most are from his range of Evil Dwarves, but some pieces are regular dwarves and the flying carpets are made from greenstuff. By far the smallest of the armies showcased to date, these dwarves favour quality over quantity mustering only five characters and 18 companies (intended to be fielded as eight or nine units).
The Ziggurat Dwarves are an ancient people from an arid land broken by fertile flood plains. Living in walled city-states, they build huge stepped monuments reaching into the sky. Some travellers believe these to be a memorial to an ancestral mountainous homeland far to the north, others feel the dwarves may simply be overcompensating for short-comings in other areas.
The command element of the army – the Warlord Gargamesh mounted on his city’s lamassu, flanked by the Captains Lakish and Uruk.
The magically inclined characters, the Magic-user Akkad, and the Djinn. The Djinn counts as both a character and a company and should be able to hold its own in battle, as well as casting wee spells to help the army along.
The temples provides a cadre of specialist priests to support the Ziggurati with carpet-riders. In such a slow army, the carpets provide a highly mobile reserve as well as limited fire-power as the priests throw down assorted fireballs and lightning bolts.
The Ziggurat Guard are the elite unit in the armies of the Ziggurati cities. Equipped with two handed axes, they should be able to make short work (pun intended) of any unit foolhardy enough to stand before them.
Shield-bearers make up the bulk of Ziggurati armies. Lacking the punch of the Ziggurat Guard, Shield-bearers are, however, almost impervious to frontal attacks as they present a solid shieldwall bristling with spears.
Lacking warriors with regular missile weapons, Ziggurati armies usually march to war supported by plentiful war-machines. These ballistae are equally capable of breaching enemy formations or fortifications. The grand battery would usually be broken into smaller groups to spread its shooting capacity along the entire dwarvern line.
The last unit in the army is a company of dwarvern highlanders, less sophisticated than their lowland cousins, they serve as scouts and foragers for the army on the march, and crucial flank support in the line of battle.
They are beautiful, brush work and basing make them all pop! Not heard of some of those manufacturers. I will be checking them out. Have you come across Cromarty Forge? I recently received some of their Ratmen. I can highly recommend them.
Yes, I’ve heard of Cromarty but not held any in the hand. They do look well and I was tempted by their wood elf kickstarter.
There is another Fantastic Battles battle report up on my blog for those interested in seeing a game.
Across the parched plain, the mindless hordes of the liche-king shambled forward, keen to add to their number with the countless corpses of their goblin foes. This week’s game of Fantastic Battles. saw a completely undead army for the first time, pitted against the brave boyz in green.
Sweet mother McCree, those are spectacular! I’m definitely doing my 3mm scale orcs in yellow ochre now, seeing that work!
LOL, thanks! I think…?
See this is the hobby for me, not just or even the gaming, but the creation. The cohesion and the visual appeal. This here is what you expect in glossy gaming rule books: And the love of the creation … They are not just animals, they are truffle hunters, you could have easily not bothered with any of that. Same with The Hearthshire Academy Mathematics Society. It is all such great stuff. World building and getting ‘buy in’, it is aspirational, I like it very much.
Thank you. I appreciate the kind words. For me, if there is no background, then units are just playing pieces. The background doesn’t directly impact on game play, but it flavours decisions all the same.
Wait who is this chap with his top off and the muscles?
Ha, that is just iffy colour correction by the camera/computer. He is a Eureka 10mm halfling with a spear wearing a very pale yellow shirt. 🙂
Thanks for the kind words folks!
Hopefully we can inspire others to share their armies here as well.
have to ask – what is the cave in the last shot?
It is a ‘cave’ for a terrarium, bought from a local pet shop. It sees action mostly in games of Palaeo Diet: Eat or Be Eaten, but as you can see here, it gets occasional outings for other projects too.
This next army represents my view of goblins as a jibbering, unruly, tribal society, brought together only by the strength and cunning of a ‘great goblin’. They are a mixture of Polar Fox, Cibo’s Little Dudes, Warmaster, Magister Militum, Frostgrave and Blind Beggar miniatures.
At the back is my Warlord and great goblin, King Skrotrot, riding on his wyvern (Cibo’s Little Dudes). Along the front, from left to right, are my two Magic-users Skittles (converted Cibo’s) and Slabbers (Polar Fox); three Captains, Skunkbut (Warmaster), Snatters (Warmaster) and Skunderd (converted Magister Militum dark elf); and my Rogue, Snickers (Polar Fox).
Four companies of goblin wolf-riders (Warmaster) armed with wicked shortbows and riding cranky canines. I would normally field these in two units to give maximum flexibility, but they could just as easily be run as a single four-company unit.
A single unit of goblin bat-riders – converted Frostgrave bats. This unit is not very tough or powerful, but it is incredibly fast. If it can hover around behind larger units and avoid destruction, it is perfect to launch attacks on enemy flanks and rears.
Considered backwards even by goblin standards, the two-company unit of goblin spider-riders (Cibo’s Little Dudes) are the only unit in the army capable of fighting unhindered in woods and rough terrain.
Goblin warriors at their most generic (Polar Fox Miniatures), these chaps carry wicked shortbows but are even more at home getting nice and close and giving the enemy “one up ’em”.
Two companies of goblin Madcaps (Warmaster), made up of fungus-addicted hooligans, even more unpredictable than others of their race.
A ramshackle goblin battle-wagon (Cibo’s Little Dudes), capable of flattening enemy warriors irrespective of their armour – all despite being held together with bits of string.
The most steadfast unit in the army consists of these two companies of ogre mercenaries – 15mm orcs fro Magister Militum – lending some much needed muscle to the goblin horde.
Hurling boulders and capable of regenerating when wounded, a two-company unit of trolls – 15mm hill trolls from Magister Militum – also provides valuable support to the more numerous goblins.
Rounding off the army are two giants – converted prehistoric hunters from Blind Beggar miniatures – (Snickers the goblin Rogue shown for scale). Giants cannot form into groups, but fight with the power of much larger units.
From the Shire to the Moot, I have always had a soft spot for the wee folk. The halflings of Hearthshire are a peaceable and earnest folk. Settled in a quiet land of agricultural small-holdings nestled between low rolling hills, they are slow to anger, but stout in the defence of their homes. This army combines ranges from Eureka Miniatures, Magister Militum, Pendraken and Alternative Armies.
From left to right: Mr Hotspur, Sheriff of Hearthshire, serves as Hearthshire’s Warlord and is carried into battle on a ceremonial shield (Magister Militum conversion); the two Captains, Puck Goodfellow (Eureka) and Captain Fishwick (Magister Militum); the Magic-user, Barmbrack Hamfist riding a giant guinea pig (Magister Militum on a Bad Squido mount); and the Rogue, Rosie Foxglove (self sculpted). As a halfling wizard, Barmbrack uses buffing rather than destructive spells.
Mounted on stout ponies, the Hearthshire Yeomanry (Magister Militum) are the closest Hearthshire gets to heavy cavalry. As a small unit with good Resolve and decent speed, they can be used to support the flanks of the main halfling battle line, or swing around to harry the flanks of enemy units.
Riding on the backs of geese, the poultry scouts (Magister Militum) lack the Resolve or Melee capacity to make good front line troops but can be useful to take and hold terrain features.
The Hearthguard of Hearthshire are the most resilient infantry unit among the halflings (Magister Militum standard bearers, some converted). Armed with long spears, they are at their best when receiving charges or fighting against larger foes.
Halfling militia archers (Magister Militum) are eminently capable shooting troops, however lacking they may be when it comes to melee skills.
The halfling kitchen militia (Eureka and Magister Militum) feed the army on the march, but also muster as a stout, if ineffective, fighting unit. With ready access to the kitchen stores, they have the ability to regenerate any Resolve lost through the course of a battle.
When not foraging for supplies, the truffle-hunters (Magister Militum with Pendraken hogs) are able to deliver a disruptive blow against any unit they charge. They do, however, lack Resolve, so their attack must be well timed.
Watching from the woods and other rough terrain features, what the halfling wardens (Eureka) lack in martial prowess, they make up for with their skill as archers and skirmishers.
The treefolk of Wyldwood (Pendraken – with a Magister halfling) provide much needed close-combat support to the Hearthshire muster. Their ability to move easily through wooded terrain is also a major boon to any halfling army.
What better monster than a cockatrice (Alternative Armies) to support an army of wee farmers?!
The Hearthshire Academy Mathematics Society produces a small but able body of engineers to man small artillery pieces (Magister Militum). With the ability to lob large stones other the heads of intervening troops, Hearthshire catapult batteries are often deployed in support of the Hearthshire army.
Thanks Nic. I sent a message via your blog using the message thing on the side. Cheers, IanKH
Ian, I haven’t received anything through the blog. Please try irregularwars (at) gmail (dot) com.
Ian, if you’d like any more information, drop me a message through the contact form on the blog. Then I can email you directly.
I did see the comment you left, but comments don’t allow me to email you. 🙂
We’re currently in the playtesting phase of a fantasy version of Irregular Wars called Fantastic Battles which I’m looking to have ready for release later in the year.
The central tenets of Irregular Wars: Fantastic Battles are:
*Engaging rules. The rules need to keep both players engaged at all times with randomised initiative and play passing quickly between players.
*Command friction and fog of war. The rules need to limit the omnipotent control a warlord has over their army and the battlefield conditions.
*Setting agnostic. The game must be applicable to any fantasy (or even pseudo-historical) settings.
*Flexible army building. As a game of fantasy battles, why accept restrictions on your fantasy? A flexible army building system allows players to create armies to their own tastes.
*Scale agnostic using multi-based figures. All measurements are expressed in distance units (u), where 1u is the width of one company base. Any size bases are possible, as long as all companies are based in the same way.
*No individual figure removal. All units have a footprint and are represented on the table as a complete unit. When a unit loses its resolve to fight, it is removed from the table in its entirety.
More information and photos are available HERE on the blog.
Sounds great! I look forward to hearing more about this in the future!
Love him. What game will he appear in?
I was just there last week. We were the only ones there. It was lovely and quiet – at least until my lad insisted on having a gladiator fight in the amphitheatre…
My 6mm Seleukid’s for sure!
Pikemen, elephants, chariots, camels, colourful national contingents, lots of heavy cavalry – what’s not to like!
Daryl, Gaz et al., the rules are something I am developing for Ganesha Games.
Palaeo Diet: Eat or be Eaten (PDEE) is a table top hunting game set in a pre-historic world where our hunter-gatherer ancestors (and their hominid cousins) had to hunt and eat, or be hunted and eaten. The game seeks to model a time when humans are not yet in control of the world around them – a time when the landscape could just as easily give succour to a struggling tribe, as it could cripple a thriving people.
The game is designed to be used for solo games or for (mostly) co-operative play with up to four players. Models are divided broadly into three categories:
1) Hunters, armed hominids activated and controlled directly by players. Hunters may attempt up to three actions per turn, although if they attempt to do too much at once, they can get a bit stressed out and mess up. There are different equipment types and a range of optional traits that can be diced for to give each of your tribe members a back-story and personality.
2) Hounds, domesticated wolves or dogs under the limited control of players. A hound has to activate after its master and is often quite obedient. However, when it does fail activation rolls, a hound’s instincts take over and it automatically conducts actions out of the player’s control.
3) Beasts, non-player models that react to the actions of hunters (and hounds). Ranging from giant grazers and apex predators, down to fluffy little critters, beasts are never directly controlled. They react to various triggers and their actions are randomly determined against their stimulus.
The hunting party should normally consist of between two and eight hunters in total, divided equally between the players. Any number of beasts may be placed on the table but, as a rule of thumb, the total bulk of the beasts (a determination of both their number of wounds and their food value as a carcass) should be equal to, or more than, the number of hunters. The introductory scenario, for example, sets four hunters against a single mammoth (bulk 4).
The Kalydonian boar hunt was the first time I have tried them ‘out of context’, but they worked very well for this particular scenario. If you’d like to see more after action reports, you can find some here —> http://irregularwars.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Palaeo%20Diet
Cheers all. 🙂
Victoria, the wound markers are from the Litko Ganesha Games marker set. I use them in everything these days.
Looks good, does HC work with base vs base, so you could in theory have any number of any scale figures on a base with it making no difference to the rules?
Short answer is yes, indeed. There is no figure removal, so base vs base works fine. It is better if each unit consists of two bases, so you can show open order, column and line formations. My ‘standard’ sizes units are all on two bases, so that works. My ‘small’ units are on single bases, so I have to make it clear verbally that my Tarantine horse are now open order, now close order etc. Not a bother really.
Very occasionally, and then often only under duress…
Great looking army, and that temple baggage element is divine (no pun intended)!
I have just finished my small Chariot racing project:
Huzzah! I’ve not been around here for a little while, but this post just made my day!
Those look fantastic – and I love the track as well. Simple, but very nicely executed. I’d love to see any race write-ups you put together. I’m also sharing your blog on mine.
Well done that man!
I have to agree with Mike Headden – Rapier do some nice stuff, but their delivery times are erratic to say the least. I have had orders arrive a week after being placed, and other take three months. The figures are great, customer service/communication is a bit iffy (putting it mildly). That said, orders have always arrived eventually, and I will continue to order from Rapier whereever their stuff is better or more convenient than Baccus.
Not familiar with Ganesha rules …
The core Ganesha rules are called Galleys & Galleons, they are fast and fun ‘historical’ rules for the 16th-early 18th centuries. An expansion called Fayre Winds & Foul Tides is due out at the end of next week. It includes many more fantastical elements, magic, advanced flying rules etc, along with other rules to aid the game’s use in other historical periods such as the Roman corvus, carronades and ironcladding.
Those are great!
Very nice work. The shields are splendid.
That is some superb stuff. Keep it up!
For relatively fast play rules with minimal record keeping and handling ‘fleets’ of 1-8 ships per player, you might like to have a look at Galleys & Galleons from Ganesha Games. I’ll register my interest here as the author, but they are a fine set of rules.
Hard copy or pdf direct from Ganesha – http://www.ganeshagames.net/index.php?cPath=1_25
Pdf from Wargamevault – http://www.wargamevault.com/product/154156/Galleys-and-Galleons?term=galleys%26galleons&test_epoch=0
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