A New Project

The main problem I face as a wargamer is that of focusing on a single thing. I tend to be a bit of a butterfly.

Recently I have found that the way to solve that is to take on smaller projects.

I bought Dux Bellorum when it first came out and have had a few games so far and am totally sold. I have been using my 1066 Saxons in sabot bases but feel it is time to go with a purpose built army.

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I have decided to go with the Late Romans simply because I don’t need to buy any figures for it. I have a pile of Gripping Beast Late Romans I picked up from an online auction almost three years go. Time to get them out of the box.

A DB army is usually 32 points. So here is my initial thought for the army:

  • Mounted Companions with Leader (compulsory) – 5 points
  • Cataphract – 6 points
  • Two Noble Shieldwall (Legionaries) – 5 points
  • Two Ordinary Shieldwall – 3 points
  • Bow – 3 points
  • Two Foot Skirmisher – 1 point

Not the strongest combination and the Cataphracts are expensive, but they can take on both foot and mounted troops effectively.

First element on the painting blocks is the Bow. More to follow.


Battle Cry

The weekend just past was spent playing lots of Warhammer Ancients with an old friend (since the late 80s) Jerome. We managed to fit in some 5 games using our recently completed (or in my case – almost completed) 2000 point armies.

Battle Cry is an annual event held in Auckland’s ASB Stadium. Lots of free parking, a little cafe, a few traders and some fantastic gaming.

At the beginning of the first game we spent time reading for everything – where to set up, how to do almost everything. By the end of our second day we were not even needing the playsheet for the most part.

Warhammer is an elegant system. To me the greatest strength of the rules is that they are rules. Exceptions and special features are built into the army lists. Most rule writers fall into the trap of trying to include everything and in doing so make their game unplayable – or even worse they make it competitionable. By this I mean they write sets that seem almost intentionally designed to be manipulated and abused by the type of morons you find in the competition circuit. The usual “it doesn’t say I can’t” type of people. These people are usually called “period killers” at club level.

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One the whole we both decided we needed to play these rules a lot more as they really are fun and designed for the type of game we like to play.

A Generic Blog

I thought it would be a good idea to have a generic blog to cover my wargamingness. My main interest is 20mm WW2 and I keep a separate blog for that – see the links.

This blog will be used to cover all of the random thoughts, mini projects and general pottering and dithering that most wargamers tend to do.