Saturday, 12 April 2014

Pyrrhus vs Carthage

Hi Guys

We had a fun game of Basic Impetus the other evening, we used the Pyrrhic list against Carthage. There is no official early Carthaginian list for BI, so we went with the later list. The models I went with for Carthage included some of the Spanish cavalry and light horse I got from Magister Militum, always good to get the curse of freshly painted lead out of the way. Here are a few pictures of the game as we went.


Pyrrhic heavy cav close on the Carthaginian General 

Pike stops Elephant ! Further along, Gallic warband try to do the same. Fail..

Pyrrhic heavy cav play through the Carthaginian cavalry

Spanish light horse ride down skirmishers in the open

The battle lines hold

Heavy foot about to be charged from behind

That warband unit used to be a lot bigger..

Pike surrounded by a lot of enemies.
 We had a good game, the Pyrrhic army broke, although the Carthaginians were not too far behind with both spear units a point away from breaking and taking the rest of the army with them. The elephants stood up well , given that they normally disolve on contact with the enemy. We had the perrenial problem where a unit destroys an opposing unit but cannot get back into the fight in time to contribute any more to the battle. The armies were an interesting mix of quality units and dregs, and it provided an enjoyable game.



Saturday, 5 April 2014

Damn Colonials

Hi Guys

Ed came to the elegant abode the other evening for a game, his turn to pick our rules, so he chose Dystopian Wars. He used his Australian fleet, picking the rebels to try out the energy turret version, I used my American FSA. I have a basic boxed set fleet so we played at approx 800 points. I threw a few islands out to block line of sight and a little coral island in the centre to block movement but not line of sight or firing. We deployed a squadron at a time and started right away. We did not do a blow by blow write up, but took a few pictures as we went.

The FSA fleet deployed

The Oz fleet amid viennese whirl crumbs...

Some of the Australian heavier units

Collision alert- two Oz units come close as they move around an island.

First blood, an Australian frigate gones down

The FSA battleship with air support, 3 cruisers in the foreground.

A long shot of the board with coral island in the centre

The battleship carrying a lot of damage under attack by boarders.

My right flank struggling to land a blow

The FSA cruisers and bombers.

A failed attempt at dive bombing, as Ed gets lucky with AA

We had a good game and plenty of laughs but my luck was appalingly bad, I may as well have been rolling D4s for all the 6's I saw. I scored a few hits but sunk nothing bigger than a frigate. I conceeded the game as all my heavy units were either crippled or settling on the sea bed and my dive bombers were pretending to be submarines....

Next game should be in a week or so, Rome vs Pyrrhus. Hopefully the dice Gods will smile...