Sunday, 26 April 2015

A table heavy with lead. 6mm lead.

After trialing a couple of other sets of ancients rules and not being completely satisfied, we reverted to Hail Caesar again this weekend to try out a couple of tweaks.

On the table, a vast Hellenistic Spartan army faced the combined might of the Seleukids and Carthage. I don't know how many points worth of tiny troops we had on the table last night, but it really was too many for the size of table. I think the Spartans had five or six large divisions, we would have had double that, most with four units in each, but a couple larger.

Bread and Circuses - a wee bit of fun

A few of us got together last  night for a massive 6mm ancient engagement. But before the main event, the lads indulged me by playing a six chariot game of Bread and Circuses which I photographed and stop-motioned together. 

Unlike most of out previous games, there was little aggression on the part of the players this time. A couple of chariots collided, but nobody intentionally tried to drive another into a wall.

Faustus Furius of Rome
Hektor of Troy
Seti of Memphis
Crixus of the Belgae
Sargon of Ur
Darius of Ekbatana

Seti swooped in to victory, followed by Hektor. I am afraid the other competitors left the track on stretchers.


This wee bit of fun sums up our 15 minute race in 30 seconds. Before anybody asks, the music is Hans Zimmer's 'The Battle' from the Gladiator soundtrack, and no, I do not own copyright.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Xebec Zenobie

A little while ago the lure of doing some Barbary corsairs for Galleys & Galleons grew far too strong and I succumbed, ordering some Mediterranean galleys from Skytrex. However, the vessel type which I really wanted in my little fleet of corsairs was a xebec, a sexy wee lateen rigged thing with curves in all the right places.

As I have posted before (HERE and then HERE) I ended up ordering a schooner from Peter Pig and sat down with some blue tac and some spare galley sails to create this:

She wasn't yet a beauty, but you could already see the ship she might grow up to be. Well I could anyway. Not entirely happy with the way she was going, I shipped her off to my mate JB who whipped her into shape.

Now she was starting to look pretty fine, She certainly turn  heads wherever she went and I was pretty pleased with the outcome (understatement).

I finally got her painted up last week. While I'm happy with the final product, I freely admit that sails are, in fact, a punishment from the gods. I'm not really comfortable painting them, and I think they know it. Never-the-less, without further adieu, allow me to present the xebec, Zenobie.

In G&G game terms, she is effectively a mid-priced, swift, coastal raiding ship:

The Xebec Zenobie, 50 points
Q3 C2
Special Rules: Lateen rigged, Razée, Shallow draft, Swashbucklers, Sweeps