5 Jan 2009

More manufacturers represented

AB Miniatures Sassanids and Splintered Light Romano British now added to the Ancients Photo Gallery. Don't forget to rate these figures when you access the Gallery!

31 Dec 2008

Museum Miniatures are having a sale

Looks like everything is 25% off until (I think) the middle or end of January. I've had good service from them in the past, and their Arab-ish Ghilman cavalry mix well with Outpost and Khurasan - see this link - and a lot of their dismounted medieval knights are cool as well. Worth a look?

As Featured in Miniature Wargames

The Antietam game in 10mm played in August is in January's Miniature Wargames magazine. Fame at last!

29 Dec 2008

December 25th - Keen Gamers Online !

On Christmas Day this site recorded 105 visitors, accessing separate 716 pages. 49.52% found the site after searching for phrases including "arab imperial field of glory ", "1/144 scale ww2 infantry" and "fog parthian army 15mm". Slitherine and The Miniatures Page provided most referrals. The FoG Wiki was the most popular section.

27 Dec 2008

MY Miniatures & Bears Den added to the supplier directory

MY are a UK Manufacturer selling Macedonians, Bactrians, Persians, Indians, Genereic Arabs, Gladiators/Slave Revolt, WOTR/Medievals, C16 Spanish, Arthurian British, Saxons, Celts, Vikings, Lombards, Persians, Villanovan & Etruscan Italians and some Biblical ranges. Bears Den have one range - Warring States Chinese

26 Dec 2008

Camelot Games

Now added to the 15mm manuacturers directory, as well as an Italian distributor for the Miniature Wars ranges. Camelot sell several ranges including Polybian/ MRR Romans, Huns, Vikings & Rus, Crusader Knights & Arabs, and CXIII medievals

22 Dec 2008

Merry Christmas

Madaxeman.com and Festive Nasty Hannibal wish everyone a Happy Christmas & New Year. As a Christmas treat you can send this image as an eCard to all your friends - just click the link, register for the 15mm photo gallery and e-mail away (by clicking the envelope icon in the top right corner of each image page!


Osprey War Elephants

I've just picked up a copy of Osprey's much discussed book on War Elephants, so thought I'd do a quick review here.

The book is the standard Osprey-format paperback, 48 pages cover-to-cover and written by Konstantin Nossov with illustrations by Peter Dennis. Unlike older Ospreys, this book has colour photos or illustrations on virtually every double page spread.

The book is divided into sections covering different armies use of elephants, namely Indian, Alexandrian, Phyrrus, Carthage, Roman, South East Asia and "Elsewhere" (China and Persia), then an overview of types of elephant and their types of use.

Many of the illustrations and photos come from - unsurprisingly - India - where use of elephants has been well documented in art and on record, especially from the relatively recent Moghul and similar eras.

The use of elephants in Classical warfare is covered in as much depth as posible, especially where important recorded battles used elephants - but inevitably there are gaps in the historical record which the book wisely leaves open rather than assertively plumping for one or other possible historical interpretation.

Many of the key classical battles are covered in some depth with lengthy quotes from historical sources, and in particular the history of Indian war elephants gets a very in depth coverage, looking at armour, tactics, equipment and usage - and there is still no definitive statement on whether Carthaginian Elephants had towers!

Getting the balance right between in-depth and superficial coverage of the whole global historical record of elephant warfare in a 48-page booklet is always going to be a tough ask, especially when the historical record itself can often be quite thin or patchy, and so this book leaves you with a slight feeling that it "should" be better - but maybe it's impossible for it to be so.

At the end of the day we all already know that Elephants are big old beasts which frighten horses, skittle over unprepared infantry formations and knock down castle doors. They are scary for your enemies if they charge them, and even more scary if they panic and rout back through your own army.

This book says all of this, it has some great illustrations (especially of Indian/Moghul era elephants) and it also provides enough detail on some of the Classical era battles as well. Will it tell you anything astounding you didn't know - probably not, but thats maybe more of an issue with the subject matter rather than the book.

Buy the book here:

16 Dec 2008

Warmodelling/Fantassin 15mm Ancients Photos

..now in the Ancients gallery, with a review, size comparison shots vs Essex, Old Glory, Xyston and Corvus Belli.


Fantassin Miniatures Celts warmodelling.com CeltsFantassin Celts

15 Dec 2008

FoG Tactical Tips Guide & WIKI

In a collaboration with MikeK, the FoG Tactical Tips Guide now appears on this site in WIKI format - so you can edit it and share your own FoG experiences with other gamers.

14 Dec 2008

Isarus Byzantines now added to the Gallery

More "from the manufacturer" photos of this oft-overlooked but very nice little range.

My Guide to taking pictures of your figures

I've compiled a step-by-step guide to photographing figures, which you can see by clicking the title link above. Its dead easy, and I bet you already have all the equipment already to set up a studio just like mine!

9 Dec 2008

Gifts for Christmas

No, not the Hannibal Mug again. Follow this link for 9 carefully selected "nice to have/must have" books & gifts for you (or your partner) to buy this Christmas. For a proper "surprise" gift, just ask them to buy you one (or two) at random!

8 Dec 2008

I've Shrunk The Adverts!

After getting feedback from some visitors you may notice I've reduced the amount of space occupied by Google adverts at the top of each page of this site. So, no more full colour ads asking you if you "Want to date Single Persians?". Sorry!

4 Dec 2008

Loads more photos in the Ancients Gallery!

TriariiNKE BowmenNorman General

...... New photos of LKM, Lancashire, Alain Touller, Irregular, Magister Militum, Museum, Black Hat, Grumpys and 2-Dragons now added. The Supplier Listing has also been updated

2 Dec 2008

LRR Lists & Design Notes

Provided for The Wiki by FoG Author Simon Hall - see where I went wrong at Warfare, and learn how someone who wrote the rules would design and use this list !

1 Dec 2008

Romans vs Parthians on YouTube

If you are really lazy (and like Bob Dylan) you can try the Rome vs Parthia battle on YouTube

30 Nov 2008

Warfare - all 4 reports

FoG battle reports of Late Republican Romans vs Parthians, Early Carthaginians, Bosporans and Selukids now online.

New Xyston Gaesati Photos

Reviews Now added to the Photo Gallery, including some size comparison photos vs Essex Minis Celts, and shots of the figures next to a ruler.

24 Nov 2008

Warfare Reading

FOG - A rather painful experience for my Marian Romans at Reading this past weekend. Army lists by the end of the week, reports may take a little longer.

20 Nov 2008

Over 100 more pictures added !

Romans, Greeks, Lydians, Indian, Persians, Thracians... over 100 new pics added to my site (many kindly provided by theonetree Painting Service")

New Additions for the Photo Gallery

New photos added to the Ancients Gallery including some Late Republican Legionaries and Greek Hoplites with funky shield designs.

19 Nov 2008

Later Polish added to the FoGipedia

800 ap army list, external links, pictures and brief useage notes

17 Nov 2008

Gettysburg

Well, the technology all worked, and the live report is available on this site. The posts are in reverse order, so when you click through to the Gettysburg pages you need to scroll down to the end, and then work upwards to follow the course of the battle.
All photos are clickable (to make them larger).

New additions to 15mm Supplier Index

50 Paces and War Modelling now added to my 15mm Ancients Suppliers Directory. There are now 37 different manufacturers listed, with details of all their ranges.

14 Nov 2008

Gettysburg in 10mm - Maybe...

I might be posting live updates from a "Gettysburg Day 2" Fire & Fury game this weekend. But only if I can sort out internet access at the venue. Check this this page for details.

7 Nov 2008

African Vandals added to FoGipedia

Reader-contributed content helps me create a page in the FoGipedia on this hairy bunch.

4 Nov 2008

"Hannibal Speaks" coffee mug now available!

Hannibals The Bitter Taste of Defeat Mugs
Ideal for Christmas - a selection of "Nasty Hannibal" Mugs with the slogan "This Coffee has about it the bitter taste of defeat". Also comes in "Hot Chocolate" and "Beer" varieties Click here to buy this and other bizzarre items!

3 Nov 2008

4 Match Reports from Roll Call



All 4 battles now uploaded to the website. Photos, writeups, lists and the return of Hannibal's award-winning Post Match Analysis - Click Here.

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