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  • in reply to: Need help IDing these #169459
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    Email him or ask him on his facebook page they may be his

     

    in reply to: Space Ship Terrain #168566
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    Other than Space Hulk, I don’t know of any spaceship rooms and halls with short walls.   There are some STL files on Wargame Vault with full height walls, etc. if you have access to a 3D printer.   There is also Worldworks games which makes several sets of pdf files for spaceships that you can print as many parts as you want, including interior details, consoles, etc.  They also have ladders and stairways that allow you to make multi-deck ships.

    http://www.worldworksgames.com/store/

     

    Wargame vault also has spaceship and space station deck plans.   Those by 0-hour being some of the better ones.

     

     

    in reply to: Phalanx vs. Legion on the table top #167008
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    Polybius wrote a number of accounts of battles between the legion and the phalanx.   Pyrrhus, who faced the manipular legion, was victorious after a long hard fight with heavy losses.  Then there are the battles against Macedonia and the Seleucid Empire.   These all took place before the formal adoption of the cohort as the standard formation with everyone armed the same.   The Seleucids had their left flank routed, the phalanx surrounded and pelted with missiles until the elephants went mad and broke the square so no direct face to face combat.   At Pydna the phalanx pushed the legions back into rough ground that caused greater disorder to the phalanx.   The Romans had a more flexible formation.   Cynochephalae was a meeting engagement with both armies starting on opposite sides of a ridge.   Only half the phalanx was formed with the other half still arriving when combat was engaged.   Again the phalanx was pushing the legions back when an enterprising officer attacked the exposed center flank of the formed phalanx.

    So what does all this tell us?  From the front a formed phalanx could defeat a legion, though it would be a long hard fight.  However, it was more susceptible to rough terrain and disorder.  The extra lines of the legion allowed fresh troops to engage increasingly more tired phalangites.

    We have been using a set of rules from Hoplite Research called Scutarii that encourage the use of multiple lines for the Roman legions.   We had one club member who failed to do this moving the second line up to fight with the first and lost heavily.

    Below is a photo of Asculum with Pyrrhus on the right and the Romans on the left.   There are four Roman legions and four Latin Ala totaling about 40-45,000 men facing a similar number of Pyrrhus troops, Tarantines, and Latin allies.   Figures are 6mm, mostly Rapier Miniatures with some Baccus.  Game was from a convention.

    Asculum

    in reply to: Rules that use big bases #166832
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    To the Strongest uses large bases.  You can also use 80mm bases with Art de la Guerre, DBM. Field of Glory, etc by doubling the move distances for 40mm bases.

    in reply to: Dr Who #159657
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    Crooked Dice was one of the later ones though they never had an official license so were/are? listed under heroes and allies.   License now owned by Warlord Games.

    Link to a complete listing of companies that made DR Who figures

    http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Doctor_Who

    Some items can be found on EBay.

    Noble Knight has some of the Harlequin doctors a lot of boxed sets  Harlequin Miniatures – Noble Knight Games

    These are now manufactured by Black Tree Doctor Who – EOE Orbis UK

     

    in reply to: How many 6mm on one 80x40mm base #154627
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    Per DBX basing.   Two elephants/scythed chariots/other chariots,  16 light cavalry, 24 other cavalry (maybe 32 cataphracts),  ranks of 8 light infantry, 16 close order infantry, 12 loose order infantry with as many ranks as desired per base.  Light infantry and light cavalry randomly spaced if possible.  I have Rapier Miniatures phalangites in five ranks of 16 on an 80mm wide by 40mm deep base.

    in reply to: Roman Auxiliaries, cohors equitata proportions #144980
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    The last link I included in the previous post states the primary source is De Munitionibus Castrorum.  There are additional pages not shown which may include information on the actual strength of each unit.  Click on the view preview bar to see an enlarged version of the page.

    The following is also from Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome:  Auxiliary cavalry Alae were either 16 or 24  turmae of 30 men giving strengths of 480 or 720 respectively.  There was a very rare type known as Alae Peditata which had an unknown number of infantry attached.   Auxiliary cohorts were either 6 cohorts or ten cohorts of 80 men each.   Barker states that between the time of Julius Caesar and the Jewish revolt of 66 A.D. four turmae of 30 men were added to each legion along with a Decurio commanding each unit and a second-in-command.  Barker later notes that by the reign of Septimius Severus that legion cohorts had increased in strength to at least 550 men. Unfortunately, Barker had a tendency not to list his sources.

    While the cohors milliara would provide eight 30 man turmae if they were drawn from the infantry centuria, the cohors quingenaria would not match this due to having six centuria.

    This site give other possible strengths of cohorts depending on the number of men per century  https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/hadrians-wall/0/steps/5103  but also indicates that the cavalry are in addition to the infantry and not drawn from the infantry cohorts based on the strengths given.

    in reply to: Roman Auxiliaries, cohors equitata proportions #144964
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    Auxiliary cohorts were either Quingenaria or Milaria, 480 or 800 infantry respectively at full strength.  Cohors equitata added a portion of cavalry   Equitata units added 120 or 240 cavalry respectively.  The cavalry component appears to have been added to the infantry cohorts to help provide a patrol and scouting formation.  Source: Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome by Phil Barker.  Note the cohort strengths correspond to the strengths of the cohorts in a legion.  800 for the first and 480 for the others.

    There was a Cohors Dromedaria in Egypt that had 24 additional camel riders added to it.

    I did find references to the smaller strength formation at a couple of pages at  https://www.wikia.org/      However, I am not sure how reliable the information at that site is and the source links listed on those pages are dead.  The total strength of 500 men may be due to the source’s belief that the cohort had 500 men in total.  Part of this may be due to the Romans having centuries of 80 men while the title indicates 100 men.

    This page has an excerpt from a paper on auxiliary cohorts in Britain  https://www.jstor.org/stable/4435236?seq=1   It notes that five of seven Milaria cohorts were equitata and 31 of the 46 quingenaria cohorts were equitata.  The page shown there agrees with Barker’s numbers for the cavalry in the two types of cohorts and notes Cheeseman’s belief that they were only poorly trained infantry instead of a cavalry attachment.

     

    in reply to: Seeking recommendations – 6mm Persians #143478
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    As noted Rapier and Baccus are similar in size and I have both in my army.

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    Outpost Wargame services has the litter and bearers in their Inca range.  If you want an unarmed female passenger Dark Sword Miniatures has Cersei Lannister on a couch and Arriane Martell.  They also have some armed females.  Use their miniature finder page to sort by type, etc.

    in reply to: anyone know of reference to a sea wall #141930
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    As far as I know, the Romans and Greeks used square towers.  Octagonal and round towers appear in Medieval times.

    in reply to: Sci Fi Roman Game using FFOL Big Battles #141469
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    Great looking game.

    in reply to: WIP Aventine Early Byzantines #141271
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    great looking figures

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    Fistful o9f Lead: Galactic Heroes plus the compendium and vehicle design guide by Wiley Games  Can be purchased as hard copy or PDF.  The compendium has information on adapting Star Wars, 40K, Star Trek and others.  The vehicle guide includes some of the Star Wars walkers. https://wiley-games.myshopify.com/

     

    Definitely light-hearted and fun to play.  Ran it at a local convention with all new players and they enjoyed it a lot.

    There is a FaceBook group and the authors Blog  http://baronvonj.blogspot.com/

    if help is needed

    The port of East Moss Landing with spaceship in the back.  This was the smuggler scenario from the rule book.  The second game I ran at the convention included armored vehicles.

    in reply to: A question about Roman Standards #140416
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    Thanks, but I am thinking of campaigns like the Cantabrian War (and many others) where 8 Roman legions plus Auxiliaries were deployed and the overall commander marked his HQ. I know each Legion had the Aquila etc. Those are not the ones I am thinking of but (I found the reference) the type mentioned by Cassius Dio (Roman History, III, xl, 18) “But one of the large flags, that resemble sails, with purple letters upon them to distinguish the army and its commander in chief, was overturned … in a violent wind. Crassus had the others of equal length cut down so they might be shorter and steadier to carry”

    Sounds like something similar to the Labrum.   The large ones had to be carried by a man on foot.

     

    in reply to: A question about Roman Standards #140409
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    Except for the two legions in Egypt which were commanded by Praefecti Legionis, a Roman legion was commanded by a Legatus Legionis, who was a senator.   The only reference that I know of for a standard for the whole legion is the eagle.  Later armies from Constantine on used the Labrum for an army standard.  I don’t recall the company at the moment, but there is one with vexila banners that have legion names and symbols on them.

    Consuls, who commanded the Republican legions, had a lictor who carried their fasces, a symbol of their authority.  This carried on with the Legatus during the reign of Augustus.  The fasces of a Legatus had five sticks and an axe.

     

    in reply to: Infamy Infamy Bronze Age. #140179
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    Armies of the Ancient Near East by Nigels Stillman and Tallis has very good sections on New Kingdom organization and Tactics.  It is available on Scribd under documents at https://www.scribd.com/search?content_type=tops&page=1&query=armies%20of%20the%20ancient%20near%20east&language=1  or it can be read at  https://issuu.com/akis4/docs/armies-of-the-ancient-near-east      Chariot crews did not dismount with chariots being used as mobile missile platforms and shock weapons.

    Regards,

    Bill

    in reply to: Epic/6mm Vietnam/Catachan troops #138851
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    Heroics and Ros  and Ground Zero Games probably have something that would work.  However, navigating GZG’s website for 6mm Dirtside figures is terrible.  At least you can look at some of the 15mm or 25mm figures and determine if the same 6mm figures would work.

     

    in reply to: 28mm plastic – the SF Version #138026
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    I forgot about Warlord.  Northstar carries also.

    in reply to: 28mm plastic – the SF Version #138021
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    Anvil is actually resin, but similar to plastic figures as far as assembly and painting.

    in reply to: 28mm plastic – the SF Version #138014
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    Anvil Industries  https://www.anvilindustry.co.uk/ , Victoria Miniatures https://victoriaminiatures.com/  , Wargames Atlantic for scifi

    Northstar Military figures has Oathmark, Frostgrave,and Mantic for fantasy  https://www.northstarfigures.com/

    EM4 has inexpensive fantasy and scifi. https://em4miniatures.com/pages/plastic-miniatures

    Amazon has listings for various plastic figures.

    Shapeways also has various figures, though expensive now.

    There are probably others, but I don’t recall their names right now.

    I like Anvil Industries, because you can customize the figures.  Their Regiments Infantry page has discounted squad packs that can be customized and they may still offer additional discounts for multiple sets that are the same.  The figures below are from their discontinued Martian Orbital Fusilier sets.  All the parts are still available though.

     

    in reply to: Looking for “big” 6mm vehicles #128385
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    Darkest Star Games

    and this guy on Shapeways.   The Leopard heavy tank and the heavy ifv  expensive though.

    https://www.shapeways.com/shops/kurz-corp

    in reply to: Does anyone sell Renegade Miniatures? #121012
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    in reply to: Is Ogre the only Ogre-like game out there? #120730
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    Future War Commander has a section in the rules for developing units like Ogres.

    in reply to: Blenheim 1704 #120362
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    That must have been a fascinating experience

     

    in reply to: Phalangites with Pelta #119740
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    Pelta is the term for a small light shield and is a circular in shape.  Peltasts can carry different shields.   The crescent shape used by Thracians and early Greek peltasts, the large oval thureos used by later peltasts and the circular ones about two feet in diameter which were used by psiloi, Iphicratean peltasts and later phalangites.

    in reply to: Sci Fy troops camo #119449
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    Basically whatever you like.   For my 6mm guys I have one group in a light blue, another in pink that my daughter wanted for the Pantharii Imperium (and yes they are the pink Panthari), a third in NATO three color and a fourth in mottled green and yellow.   My 28mm guys are even more varied and in some cases more colorful.

    in reply to: Wargames Rules and Horse Archers #117873
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    I use Scutarii from Hoplite Research.   The rules allow missile fire at any point during a move.   So if you have several horse archer units in open order, the first could start at missile range, shoot with their bows and fall back up to a full move.  As this happens the following unit could move up, shoot, and then move away.  Additional units could do the same with the last unit ending its turn as it moved into range and used its bows.

    in reply to: Are our shields too nice? #117865
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    – Transfers are they too gorgeous? ?

    No. We are are wargamers, wargame is artistic licence for doing a nice paint or print job if possibile. I normally print my shields on paper and glue them on, touching them up with paint. Willz.

    I agree and do the same.   I also print them on cardstock and use them to replace the over thick plastic shields .  Greeks and Romans painted their statures.   Examination of the remaining flecks of paint have shown that they could be very colorful.   So it is quite likely that some shields were also brightly painted.  This is supported by many of the shield patterns in the Notitia Dignitatum.

    in reply to: Stay on Target? #115743
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    I was rhinking mainly of the raids they did and do agree that back home they would have mounted cavalry, but then they would not have been viking.     “Viking” is the term for going to sea on a ship to conduct a raid.   A Norwegian knight on a crusade referred to the Algerian pirates who attacked his ship as “Vikings”.  Horses would not have been easily transported on a longship and considering that when they got to where they were going they could take what was available.  To field a mounted cavalry on a raid they would need to find enough horses, saddles and tack from the local gentry and nobility.  The settlements in the Danelaw would have been able to field cavalry, but those were not going “Viking”.

    in reply to: Are our shields too nice? #115734
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    WW2 camo patterns were hand painted and did not follow specific patterns, but the initial painting and early war patterns were pristine..   Early war German patterns do not show up well in black and white, however there is one video from the invasion of Poland that shows the patterns.   Modern NATO tanks are spray painted to specific patterns.  The initial painting looks perfect, but by the time they have been operating in the field they are covered with mud and dust.   Ancient armies tended to pride themselves on their appearance.  Taking care of one’s weapons and armor was vital to keeping alive.   Prior to engaging in a battle they probably looked like they were on parade.  Poorly maintained  armor and weapons could fail.  Recent studies have found that ancient statues were painted in bright colors.  https://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-other-artifacts/more-colorful-ancient-greece-pigment-proves-classical-statues-were-once-021409

    https://youtu.be/gRMPYh2QdSM The video in this one is interesting

     

    For my 28mm figures I will print out shields and flags/banners on my computer either on heavy cardstock as replacement shields or light paper if gluing them onto the original shield.   

    https://18clovehamhock.blogspot.com/2009/10/projects-completed.html

     

     

    in reply to: Stay on Target? #115731
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    Considering that the Vikings did not use cavalry and that the Peter Pig figures do look similar to Gothic cavalry You should be fine.

    in reply to: Massed archers in ancients… #114632
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    As mentioned Indian armies used a lot of massed archers.  The Achaemenid Persian armies that fought the Greek city states also used a lot of close order archers prior to the time of Alexander the Great.  The Seleucids at Raphia had massed units of Arabs and Asiatic light infantry, though these may have been mixed units of archers, slingers, and men armed with javelins.  At Magnesia they had about 25,000 light infantry as a skirmish screen.  Again many of them were mixed units of slingers and archers.   In the western Mediterranean and Gaul archers were used as skirmishers in limited numbers.  Hannibal had 8000 light infantry, almost all of them armed with javelins.  Republican Roman armies relied on their legions and Latin Ala (which were probably similar to Roman legions by the time they fought Hannibal).  They did have local allied forces with them in Spain, North Africa, Greece, and Asia Minor during their conquest of the Mediterranean, but very few of them were archers.   There were also a few elephants with them in Greece and Asia Minor.  Julius Caesar did use Gallic cavalry and light infantry skirmishers, but most of his men were in the legions.

    in reply to: Proper Doctor Who… #111888
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    black tree also has most of the other doctor who personalities  DR Whos

    in reply to: Conan Merch #111634
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    Another book to consider is Hyborian Heresies by Dale Ripke   He analyzes R.E. Howard’s Conan stories and the original timeline that Howard made for Conan’s adventures.  He also iplacess the previously unpublished stories that were not part of the original draft of Conan’s lifetime into it based on internal clues in the stories.  In addition to Conan’s life he delves into the background of Hyboria and Conan’s character as written by Howard.

    in reply to: Maker of 1/285, 6mm West German Buildings? #111437
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    PaperTerrain make an assortment of European buildings.

    in reply to: Martian Orbital Fusiliers for Galactic Heroes #111435
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    Actually its a towel on the kitchen counter.   The metallic structure in the right background is a toaster with a stack of plates on the left  Most of the other Martian Fusiliers I have seen on the various forums have been painted white.  Other units that I have are painted with green and brown variations with one in a sand color.  I wanted something different for these guys and since the cardstock AFV could be printed with the color scheme in the photo I went with that.  Due to forum limitations the photos don’t show as much detail on the figures as they do on my blog with the variations in color on the figures like the vehicle. Here they look almost monochromatic.

    in reply to: What's your favourite ancients ruleset and why? #109501
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    Checked the original post for this topic and noticed it was started five years ago.   I started playing ancients back when WRG just changed from third edition to fifth edition.   Over the years I have played many different sets.  Most have been fun.  Some have been more tedious than need be and a few have been ancients in name only.

    What I want in a set of ancient rules is the ability to duplicate the Gallic charges described in Caesar’s “Conquest of Gaul” where there are thousands of barbarian warriors charging across the field without small groups of them halting,  for a much smaller, but well trained and led army to defeat a much larger army of less capable troops even if elephants are part of the opposing army as Alexander did at Hydaspes,  and finally a set of rules where the winner does not duplicate Pyrrhus victories, but instead breaks the opposing army while suffering very few casualties.  Also to be able to field a full Republican Roman consular army on the table.

    While I still have all the ancient figures that I had back in 2015, there have been additions to the armies I had and some new armies have joined them.

    in reply to: Army-Level Ancients Rules Currently in Print #109495
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    Scutarii from Hoplite Research  http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/HRGWORLDS?searchTerms=SCUTARII

    There are probably quite a few others on the Free Wargames Rules Website.

    in reply to: Galactic Heroes: The Expedition #108841
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    I got it about 35 years ago with the three buildings at a wargame convention. It is a plaster casting.

    Is this an Union class from BT??? :O

    It certainly looks like the picture on the BattleTech Wiki.   There are four additional supports that came with it that I have never glued to the main body of the  ship.

     

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