18 Aug 2018

Rounding out (literally) the Myceneans

After a quiet few weeks on the website here's a couple of bits and pieces to round out the Mycenean army that appeared a few months ago


First up is the near-obligatory 25/8mm Genius Commander on a 40mm round ADLG commander base.


He is from Redoubt Enterprises Trojan Wars range, selected as much for his big cowhide double-bass shield as any other reason.


The figure is code TX4, representing Achilles, hero and leader of the Myrmidons on foot in bronze armour with bronze helmet, figure of eight shield


He comes accompanied by shield bearer (who didn't make it onto the base).


Next up are some "Barker Marker" 40x40 bases, featuring 'shrunken' photos of my own chariots taken from directly overhead together with a push-pin handle.  Very simple do to - an overhead photo of a chariot, cropped and resized to fit on a 40x40 MDF base.
 

They function primarily as a ZOC marker, but also as you can see here my Chariots are deeper than the regulation 40x40 and so there may be times when it could be useful to have a 40x40 substitute base to drop in, perhaps when they are turning or in a congested part of the table where the extra 10mm on their bases would get in the way. These markers fulfil that role - and also act as Ambush Markers too for 3 uses from one base.


Finally, some Mycenean-specific hit markers using - again - the textbook cowhide shields.


There are from Magister Militum - £2 for 8.  They also have other shields, and my upcoming Assyrian army will probably feature a similar idea. 


Mounted on 18mm round bases, with the edges colour-coded for the number of hits they are small enough to fit in behind each unit without being too distracting.   Since doing these it's been suggested to me that possibly doing a similar thing with single archer figures could be a neat way of identifying the units with integral archer support.


5 Aug 2018

Limerick 2018 - The Emerald Isle's first ever ADLG competition!

There once was a man with an axe,
Who played ADLG to relax.
A comp in Limerick Town,
Would see much Guinness go down,
On the plane was a Chinese army he'd packed.


That Keith Duffy bloke was nowhere to be seen,
But the chap from the Hobbit - yes, he'd been!
The Emerald Isle suits this game,
You can drink as yer' playin',
Which in Limerick makes everyone keen!


There were five games that went down in two days,
Although hangovers made most just a haze,
Many dice they were rolled,
And when the final bell tolled,
Well.. you must read on to see what Hannibal says!


(if that all makes no sense, there are 5 new ADLG battle reports now on Madaxeman.com featuring Han Chinese in action in Ireland!)

23 Jul 2018

Dogs of War 2018 - Game 5

It's now the end of the epic movie series, with Game 5 from Dogs of War 2018. 

In this episode the Nikephorians take on a massive Arab Conquest army.


Will this be a great sequel, or is there a Jar-Jar Binks lurking in the background? 

Watch the video to see how there two armies get on!

22 Jul 2018

Dogs of War 2018 Game 4

The 4th Dogs of War video walkthrough has now been posted, in which the Nikephorians attempt to take on the Ghaznavid Empire in its most elephant-packed incarnation.


Rather than watch a tiny embedded version here, you are much better flipping over to fullscreen or viewing it in YouTube directly 

19 Jul 2018

Dogs of War 2018 Game 3 Video Podcast

It's Game 3 of this 5-part video podcast series from the recent Dogs of War event in Bristol.

This time the Nikephorian Byzantines take on a Hindu Indian army in full cinematic action



Lists for the Indians also included.

16 Jul 2018

Dogs of War 2018 Game 2

And, in quick succession, here's the video of the second game in which the small but imperfectly formed Byzantines attempt a double envelopment against the Southern Dynasties Chinese

15 Jul 2018

Dogs of War 2018 - Video walk-through of round 1


Here's an experimental "new format" battle report from the recent Dogs of War ADLG event held in Bristol, with a video walk-through of top-down photos of the game.



It's not going to replace the usual pile of old guff and poor quality puns by any means, but always good to have a bit of variety every now and then!

The next 4 reports will follow ...

7 Jul 2018

Gripping Beast (& others) Dark Age Horse

To round out two armies (don't ask...) for the upcoming event in Devizes I picked up a box of Gripping Beast plastic Dark Age cavalry recently, and added a few more figures to them as well. Here are the results:


Three Gripping Beast cavalry. They go together well, but you can't help feeling they have missed an opportunity to really load up the sprue with different weapons and arm poses - a bit like the Roman Infantry set I did a couple of years ago.


A mix of round and oval shields. Some of the arm poses are a bit ungainly, and I had t cut the base of one arm to get it to work at a reasonable angle. 


This base has a Warlord Games Romano-British cavalryman added in the middle. Its not a great figure to be honest, but gives another guy with armour on the base to make them more obviously Heavy Cavalry, as all of the GB ones are in tunics. 


The horses have that slightly weird "seahorse" neck of the GB horses in this set, but once they are charging straight at you it's not so obvious.



 Another Warlord figure. They are all mounted on metal horses, as they didn't mix and match at all with the saddle shapes on the GB figures.


They do take an ink wash extremely well.


I also picked up these Alans/Huns unpainted in a bring and buy.


I think they may be Foundry, but could also be Old glory due to the variety. They are split at the waist. 


If you look carefully you can see some heads attached to the bridles...


And finally a fortified camp made with kebab skewers


A bit of baggage from Ainsty Castings 


And a General - I think this one may have been from Warlord.

25 Jun 2018

Wiki Flurry!

With temperatures rising across the country, here's a perfect excuse to stay inside - a load of army lists added to the ADLG Wiki.

As well as all of my opponents from The Worlds recently, the wiki now also features the lists of the players filling the upper reaches of the final placings with Yuan Chinese, 100YW French, Ghaznavid, Seleucid and Arab Indian all featuring.

There are also lists from both Cry Havoc in Bristol (Classical Indian, Southern Dynasties, Rajput Hindu Indian, Ghaznavid, Nikephorian and Arab Conquest - including 3 of the top 4 placings) and from Conclave in Limerick there's Carthaginian, Sea Peoples, Later Achaemenid, Ptolemaic, Graeco-Bactrian and my own Han Chinese - meaning that all of the top 3 places are covered.


15 Jun 2018

Alexander The Great plays ADLG at The Worlds 2018

Salamanca, Charleroi... and to that roll of honour and glamour is now added Birmingham next to the M42 in a big steel shed.

Yes, Alexander's army makes yet another outing as I hadn't really gotten round to picking an alternative, and takes on all comers in an open, 5-game competition to determine who is the best ADLG  player in the whole wide world!


That sees the exploring Macedonians travel to the ends of the earth as they visit China, Italy (twice!), India and Byzantium in some pretty intense time-travelling battlefield action.


 


There are victories, defeats, wins and draws along the way as Alexander and his merry men chew up the green tablecloths and burp up last night's curry in equal measures as they try and add navigating the Solihull one-way system to their already impressive list of achievements.


10 Jun 2018

The Myceneans are done..

Only 6 months after buying them in the Museum Miniatures January sale (for only around £50) a full L'Art de la Guerre army of Myceneans (including units I will probably never use) is now finished and on the tabletop already!

There are plenty of pictures and also a video (of the pictures) on Madaxeman.com right now








This lot fits on an A4 sized piece of paper - not bad for a full army !

31 May 2018

Persians on Campaign

The annual Milton Keynes fest of wargaming saw the Persians of Cyrus take to the field in 5 ADLG battles - see how they fared on the swings and roundabouts of life in this series of geometrically accurate reports from Campaign 2018 




See how the Persians fared in a Civil War, against the Lydians, the Medes and the Babylonians (twice!) together with the usual mix of videos, comments and rules hints  



27 May 2018

Bank Holiday Pavisiers

With a long weekend in prospect I've had an opportunity to finish off a few odd units which have been hanging around the painting table for a while, starting with these Medieval Crossbowmen with Pavises, from Donnington's New Era ranges.


The "German" designs were done mostly using up some of the smaller "eagle" images in a set of LBMS 25mm knightly heraldry


The "Fleur de Lys" are very old Veni Vidi Vici waterslide transfers.


This time I remembered to turn the loading man around. He comes with a pavise, the other three pavises I bought in a separate pack



I didn't find enough of the fleu de lys designs to do all 5 pavises on the base, hence the rather incongruous "board head" on the rearmost pavisier.


The kneeling chap is exactly the right height to shoot through/round the notch in the Pavise - well done on that bit of clever design Damian!


Whether its worth paying a point for a Pavise in ADLG is debatable, but if you have a spare point left its a good way to spend it up. They also do look really cool !


Both are based on tidy 40x40 MDF bases from Warbases. 


And here they are next to some almost-pavise-free Donnington and Essex crossbowmen.

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