Wednesday, October 27, 2021

They Certainly Have A Lot Of Gaul


My previous post about my new Gaul unit didn’t include a picture of the full compliment of 32 figures, so here it is:

I also completed 16 more Roman Hastati to bring that unit up to 32 figures. Next in the queue are 32 new Hastati.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Celts/Gauls for Hannibal's Army

Celtic Allies of Hannibal
HaT 54mm Plastic figures.

I finished a unit of 32 Celtic/Gaulic warriors to add to Hannibal's army in Italy. These were a little bit daunting to paint, at first, what with all of the plaids and strange shield designs of the Celts. I went to my "go to" uniform source, Pinterest, entered Celtic shields, and found lots of pictures to help me paint the figures. I also looked at painted 28mm figures, found on the internet, which I used as a sort of "how to paid them" tutorial. Usually I can look at a painted figure that I like and figure out how the painter painted this or that.

I also finished a 32-figure unit of Carthaginian Africans (painting an additional 14 figures to top the unit up to 32 figures). You can see both the Africans and the Celts in the picture below.

African Infantry in front, Celts in the second group and Carthaginian cavalry bringing up the rear.

So at this stage of the Punic Wars Project I have painted 4and one-half units for the Carthaginian army. These include the afore-mentioned Celts, two Iberian units, one African unit, one light infantry unit, a half unit of Balearic Slingers, and a half unit (16 figures) of Carthaginian Veterans. Oh, and I also have three painted elephants and eight Carthaginian cavalry that I picked up on eBay at a decent price.

Currently on the painting table are 16 Roman Hastati figures that will top up my Hastati to 32 figures (which is the size of one unit) These should be completed within the next day or two (I'm retired and the wife is out of town this weekend, so I have the whole house to myself, which equates to more painting time for me).

I'm not keen to start on any of the cavalry (I have 8 Romans and 8 Numidians to paint) because I have to do a lot of filing on the horse so that the rider will seat snuggly onto the horse. The HaT riders are not bow legged enough to fit on their horses. I also have to do a bit of drilling and pinning of figures onto the horses, which is time consuming. I have more elephants than I actual need now, having found the painted ones on eBay. For this project I don't mind using figures painted by other people because I seek "mass" in these armies.

So it looks like I had better prime more of my HaT Romans so that I have something to paint later in this week.

But wait! There is more. Here is a little preview of things to come:

Go ahead, talk amongst yourselves (as Linda Richmand would say) and feel free to leave some comments in the comment section below.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Cives Romani Adsunt

A wealthy land owner surveys his domain.


have embellished my Roman town with civilians and added more trees around the perimeter. An arboreal perimeter or corner of the table is a good way to define your table top. Also, given the trend to dress up our tables with little vignettes, the table corners are the best places to put these little gems because the territory is out of the way of the main action.

Note that all of the buildings on display were made by Herb Gundt. The town plaza is a cork placemat turned over. The Egyptian obelisk was something that I found in an art museum store (I can't recall which one).

Note the additional trees on the perimeter of the table compared to the previous blog post.

Civilians are now congregating in the oppidom platea (town plaza) listening to the town crier delivering the news of the day. He stands on the steps of the thermae (the baths).

A view of the town plaza with citizens going about their business.

A garrison of limitanei man the local watch tower where they keep an eye on a possible barbarian border raid. The soldiers will light the two hay stacks on fire to signal any danger.

Roman watch tower protects the town.

In this period setup, my Roman soldiers are based on 20mm square metal bases and placed on a magnetic movement tray that holds twelve figures. Two such stands make up a legion in my large battles, but serve as a small company of soldiers should I choose to use them in a skirmish game. This particular set up will likely be played as a skirmish game, hopefully in the near future.

For my larger unit battles, I use my own "Age of Rome" rules which are a variant of my "Der Alte Fritz Rules for the SYW". That is to say, that the movement, firing, melee and morale mechanics are the same in Age of Rome as they are in my SYW rules. The rules are printed on one side of an 8-1/2 by 11 sheet of paper.

For skirmish games, I'm planning on creating a variant of Tom Kelly's "Woodland Wars" for Ancients period games.

I have some other surprises up my sleeve for the Rome versus Carthage Punic Wars Project; something completely different from what I normally do in my gaming. Stay tuned.

Work In Progress - Celts for Hannibal's Army

Here is a picture of some HaT 54mm Celts that I am currently working on. I have 22 painted figures that require the painting of shield designs to finish the figures. This will be a 32 figure unit. I expect to finish the Celts later this week. Once they are done, I have my core Carthaginian army painted: two Iberian (Spanish) units, one African, one Celt and one unit of Numidian skirmishers. I also have several painted elephants that I bought on eBay as well as eight Carthaginian heavy cavalry figures. Most of my cavalry contingent will consist of Numidian light cavalry and some heavier Gaulish-Celtic cavalry.

HaT plastic 54mm Celts or Gauls. These are work in progress figures as I have to paint the shields,
something that I am not looking forward to.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

A New Awesome Roman Town


Now that I’ve installed new LED lights in my game room, and I can actually see things, I thought that I should bring all of my Roman 28mm buildings and set up a Roman town. By the way, Herb Gundt made all of the buildings and most of them have never seen the light of day in a war game. 

The new LED lights. I added two sets of lights placed over the middle of the table.
All of the light pods are now LED lights.

Hopefully all of these pictures are well lit and enable me to take better photographs going forward.

All of the buildings have lift off roofs because it was my intention to play skirmish.level games with the terrain

The town square.

The Roman baths. Every town should have one.
Also note the temple to one of the gods.

A Roman Villa

The vineyards.

A Roman watch tower to notify the town if barbarians are sighted.

The view down the length of my 6ft by 12ft game table.

The Punic Wars project is moving along nicely. I have completed two units of Iberians, one unit of African heavy infantry, a half unit of veterans, and one unit of light troops. I am currently working on a unit of Celts or Gauls and hope to have them completed later this week. After that, I will likely turn to the Romans and paint some Hastatii units.

Friday, October 15, 2021

You Will Never See This Again


Looking back towards the entrance to the game room. Lots of stuff has been pushed up against the wall on the right.
You can see my painting table just behind the post.

You will likely never again see my game room so empty of tables. The table is set usually set up in the center of the room, between the two supporting poles in the room.

Yesterday I took down my game table, folded up the tables, removed all of the junk that I've hidden under that table, and Hoovered the carpet on the floor.

Why, you ask?

Because today the electrician is here replacing all of the filament lights with brand new LED lighting in the game room. The old lights oftentimes would not turn on unless I flicked the light switch multiple times. I'd had enough of this and decided that it was time to replace all of the overhead lights. I'm also having some new locations with lighting so that there is light directly on the game table. This should enable me to take pictures of the games on the table without having to use special photographic lamps.

The view from the entrance looking into the game room.
You can see the game tables stacked against the book shelves on the back right.

My Khartoum set up is out of the way of the main gaming table and overhead lights, so I didn't have to take down that table. I leave it up as a permanent display area in the game room. Yes, it's nice to have lots of space in my basement (cellar).

Once the lights are installed I will set up the tables running between the two posts and perpendicular to the Khartoum table. I will also cull through the flotsam and jetsam that I had stashed under the table with an eye for throwing things away (or selling them on my blog at deep discounts).

I use tables measuring 2-1/2 feet wide by 6 feet long and set them up with the long edges together. Thus two tables are 5 feet by 6 feet and four tables are 10 feet by 6 feet. I usually add a fifth table to give me a 12 foot long by 6 feet wide game table.

I'm looking forward to seeing the game room with good lighting.UPDATE: here is a picture of the new lights. I’ve marked the two addition lights placed over the area of the center of my table. I think I might need sunglasses now.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Carthaginian Cavalry


Carthaginian Cavalry: HaT 1/32 scale plastic figures from set number 9056.

I have acquired eight of the HaT Carthaginian Cavalry figures from another collector and plan to use them "as is" or do a minimal amount of touching up with paint. The figures are from HaT set number 9056 and are in 1/32 scale.

If anyone has any painted or unpainted HaT Carthaginian Cavalry that they would be interested in selling, them please contact me so that we can make arrangements. I need 8 more mounted figures to complete a 16-figure horse unit, 16 being the minimum number of figures that would be "viable" in my proposed rules that I'm currently writing.

I contemplate having a Carthaginian cavalry contingent consisting of 16 heavy Carthaginian horse, 16 Gallic horse and 32 Numidian light cavalry. The latter two cavalry types are readily available from the usual plastic toy soldiers dealers so I should have no problem fielding the majority of my cavalry..... but I sure would like to have a few more of these Carthaginian fellows.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Protect Your Elephants - Carthaginian Light Infantry

Carthaginian war elephants with light infantry forming a protective zone around the Hefalumps.

Having recently painted some Roman Velites light infantry, I thought that I had better paint some light infantry for my Carthaginian army as well. The HaT light infantry box has four different poses and four figures of each pose, for a total of 16 figures per box. The figures are 1/32 plastic figures (54mm).

As you can see in the pictures below, the skirmishers form a protective zone around the war elephants.

Balearic Slingers on the far left and a mix of Libyan and Numidian light infantry.

The Carthaginian light infantry served two purposes: (1) act as a screen in front of the main battle line and engage the enemy light infantry, so that the latter didn't have free rein to pepper the main battle line with javelins and arrows; and (2) to protect the elephants from the Roman light infantry.

Here are some pictures of the HaT Carthaginian light infantry.

The light infantry will not fight as formed troops.
The base trays are for purposes of shooting the photographs.

I was short one figure (that had broken off at the ankle) so I drafted a Celtic warrior to serve in the light infantry.

Here are a couple of close up pictures of the Numidian figures and one Celt. It is hard to get all of the detail of the figure into a picture of dark skinned figures, but they do have nice detail on their faces. The figures were easy to paint due to the lack of equipment that one needs to paint.

I liked the way that the Celt turned out. I used the Reaper Tanned Skin triad of paint colors, which has a subtle change from dark to light hues. I don't like seeing pictures of figures (naked or bare chested) that have a severe dark red-brown color as its shade because it is too stark a change from the red-brown to the skin highlight. The Reaper triads have a more gradual and subtle change from shade, to base color to highlight.

I look forward to painting a 32-figure unit of Celtic infantry to use in my Carthaginian army. The Celts have some good looking poses, although I do not look forward to painting lots of plaids.