Monday, February 26, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
A&A Miniatures Samnites
The Roman General, Army Standard Bearer and followers. All figures are from the 1st Corps Miniatures
1st Corps Miniatures Gallic warband.
Roman and Gallic cavalry clash on the wing. All figures are from 1st Corps
Hannibals veteran spearmen from A&A Miniatures
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Macedonian pike backed up by companions
Hypaspists and Scythian archers cover the flanks
Thracians and more companions
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The Battle of Thermopylae, as we all know, occurred in 480BC between the Persian Empire and the mainland Greeks. At the end of the three days of battle the Greeks, under the Spartan King, Leonidas, were finally beaten and Persian were free to march onto Athens. The above photo was taken from the small hill, identified as hill were the last of the Spartans made their final stand. It looks north towards the battlefield, the hot springs are in the middle ground and at the base of the steep slope. On the right ,were the modern road now goes, is ruffly were the the sea may of been back in 480BC. Which means that in front of the hot springs and the curve in the road may of stood the first wall and in the far distance, on the flat ground would of camped the army of Xerxes.
The first photo, above, was taken looking back over the modern road towards the hill, of the Spartans Last stand. The hill was identified as the most likely place for the final part of the battle as hundreds of Persian arrows tips have been found all over the mound. The second photo was taken on top of the hill. It is a modern plaque, placed over the old one which reads " Tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie"
The last photo in this series was take from the base of the hill, looking east, towards the modern day memorial to King Leonidas.
The series of shots I have posted today were taken by me whilst on my honeymoon last year. They are photos from the Roman victory column, recovered at Delphi, in central Greece. The column was erected by the Roman Consul, Aemilius Paulus, celebrating his victory over King Perseus, of Macedonia, at the battle of Pydna in 168BC.
The first picture above shows a combat between roman infantry and cavalry vs Macedonian infantry and cavalry. The Romans are pictured wearing their distinctive chainmail and large oval shields even the cavalryman appears to be wearing chainmail. The Macedonians however do not appear to be wearing any armour, but are easily identified by the large round shields of the cavalryman and the distinctive shield design of the fallen warrior, shown at the bottom right of the picture. The fallen Macedonian soldier my well be from either the famed White or Bronze Shields.
This shot is give you an excellent view of the armour worn by the Roman infantryman at the time of battle. The chainmail can be easily seen as the warrior raises his spear for the final blow on a wounded Macedonian cavalryman.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Last year, May 2006, I was very fortunate to be involved in a tour to England. Whilst over there and during our time off I took a drive up to Doncaster for the weekend and in order to meet up with Peter Morbey, from Elite Miniatures. Peter's family and hospitality was fantastic, I was able to see the master sculptor in action, have a look at some of the new ranges he had in development and of course we played a small game. My forces, however were totally crushed in the game, being the first game using "In the Grand Manner" rules I had played and not realizing how powerful a single battery of artillery can be. By the time I came within musket shot of Peter's troops, he had already destroyed three of my battalions. But I did manage to take some great shots of the game and his figures.