Sunday, 9 December 2018


I recently purchased Triumph! from the Wargame Vault. After reading through the rules a few times this week I made some time to cut some bases from plasticard and have a few solo play throughs. They seem to be a nice, fast and streamlined set of rules which are very well written and easy to read. The diagrams and tables in the appendix are clear and to the point, which eliminated any confusion or queries I had while testing them out. They played out smoothly with some close results. For a "fast-play" system they seem to have a lot of depth and actually reward a good tactical approach to gameplay. The figure count is low and armies can be done without smashing the budget, which is a huge plus in my book.

I'd actually just purchased some more 15mm 3rd crusades stuff from Legio Heroica that I was going to update my Basic Impetus armies with. This would bring the armies in line with the lists and options in 2.0, but instead I'll be using them to put together two opposing armies for Triumph. All the army lists can be found here and are in various stages of completion, with more added regularly.
There is plenty of flexibly when building your army and the point system is lightweight and uncomplicated. You have a few troop requirements per army but there is plenty of wiggle room and flexibility in the troop choices and min/max options to avoid feeling "cut and paste". You may very well play against the same army but it might not always be the same army.

Now, I've got to say that I really don't like the look of the 40mm frontage and depths recommended by most of the ancients/medieval rules writers for 15's. To me the bases always look so cramped and dated. It's one of the main reasons I was originally drawn towards Impetus and stayed away from any db/x style rulesets for so long. 
In an attempt to get to where I'm happy with how they look I've decided to go with the 60mm frontage and depths that are actually recommended for 28mm figures in the rulebook (which in my opinion are also too small for 28mm figures these days). I'll still use the recommended figure count per base though, as it looks pretty decent once mounted up to the slightly bigger bases.. 

I cut all of the bases here using a Stanley blade on some leftover sheets of high impact plasticard that i'd picked up from Back 2 Base-ix a few moths back. Clearly not laser cut, but they did the job for a the few figureless learner games I played out on the kitchen table. I've already ordered all the 3mm laser cut bases I'll need for both armies from Olympion Games down in the ACT.

Here's the Infantry minis on the 60x20 basing suggested for 28mm heavy foot. I dig the look of them on this size. They just fit better and don't look like they'll topple over in a slight breeze or if I sneezed their direction. A little bit of extra room for some creative basing is never a bad thing either!

The Legio Heroica miniatures are some of the best on the market. Giuseppe is extremely easy to deal with and very accommodating. I've placed a number of orders with him over the years and have never been let down by his service, had an issue with postage costs/times or a problem the actual miniatures themselves. Always a smooth transaction. Order with confidence!

Above is another shot of the mini from the crusaders heavy infantry pack (from Holy land range), picture to show scale/size.

I could just add to my current Impetus armies and use them for Triumph, but I'm a bit over the 8-12 figures per stand that I'd need to carry on with. Besides, a fresh start with low figure count is very appealing, and in the limited experience I've had with the rules so far I can see them becoming my new "go to" for ancients/medieval.

I'd highly recommend picking up the PDF if your interested and giving them a go for yourself. The support is there, the price is right and we all know that as a community we love to hoard rulebooks anyway!

A link to the Triumph forum for those wanting to delve a little deeper.

Friday, 7 December 2018

SAGA v2: Irish vs Welsh

I had my niece up for the day today and she brought her Irish warband with her for a game against my Welsh. After flicking through the new Book of Battles, we settled on the Tale of Challenges scenario.
Pretty cool scenario in my opinion. After set-up but before deployment each player gets to issue challenges to their opponent from the table provided in the book. There are 12 challenges all up and each has a x/x point system (ranging from 3's to 8's) where if you fulfil the challenge you get to add x to your total, but if you fail to fulfil the challenge you deduct x from your total. So you need to think very carefully about which challenges you issue because if you fail them, it can swing the game out of reach, even if you were ahead on massacre points.

A 6 point game with the lists as follows:


1x Warlord
1x Priest
3x Mounted Hearthguard
1x Warriors
1x Levy w/bows

1 Warlord
2x Hearthguard
1x Irish Wolfhounds
3x Warriors

crows eye view

 Irish battle line

 Welsh centre

 gotta have faith...

 CHARGE!  ..after peppering with javelins of course..


A fun game finishing up on turn 5 with a decisive victory to my Welsh. Arwen wasn't able to fulfil any of her challenges and I was able to fulfil both of mine adding to an already hefty massacre point score.
I was really impressed with how she went about the game tactically and was even more impressed with how neat her painting has become. A formidable Warlord in the making that will only get even more fierce with more games under the belt. My brother's Vikings better watch out!

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Australian SAGA Grand Melee 2018

After frantically painting a few extra Hearthguard models and a Christian Priest, I made the hour long drive down the motorway to take part in the first Australian SAGA Grand Melee using v2 rules, held in Brisbane, Queensland.  A solid day of gaming organised by one of the nicest blokes you'll come across here in the Aussie community, Thomas Hitchen. It was a smoothly run event supported by both War and Peace Games and Gripping Beast.

The day consisted of 4 rounds using 6pt warbands, with a further 2pts in reserve that you could sub in before each round. I've got to say that the new edition is pretty damn awesome!

I took a mainly mounted Welsh warband led by Owain of Strathclyde as follows

1x Owen of Strathclyde
1x Mounted Priest
2x Mounted Hearthguard
1x Warriors
1x Levy w/ bows

1x Mounted Warriors
1x Warriors

A quick recap of the rounds I played;
Round 1 Battle around the Camp Fire: vs Norse Gaels played by Owen. It was a very close game which I lost in the last turn after he managed to take down Owain of Strathclyde.   -loss

Roud 2 The Frozen River: vs Michael and his Vikings led by Ragnar. I managed to get all my warband onto the other side of the river taking minimal loses.   -win

Round 3 Retreat!: vs Dave and his Vikings, again led by Ragnar. The Welsh manoeuvrability proved too much here and came away with the victory and a spot prize for quickest win of the round.   -win

Round 4 Clash of Warlords: vs Greg using Pagan Rus. On the top table and currently second overall. A bit of a bloody affair this one but notched the victory after a well played battle.  - win

So after going 3-1 across the day and accumulating 19 Tournament points and 91 Victory points, I was dubbed "the Northern Raider" and was crowned 2018's Australian Grand Melee Champion!

 Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

Australian Grand Champion!

After a fantastic day of gaming I was also extremely proud to accumulate the most points and win the Sportsmanship Award as well. This award is the Henry Parsons Memorial,  which was voted 1-5 after each round by the players to promote fun, gamesmanship and gentlemanly behaviour . It really was a great way to cap off an excellent event with a great bunch of blokes.

Thanks to Tom for sending the photos as I didn't take any on the day.

I look forward to defending the crown next year!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar - El Cid

A few extra shots I took of my El Cid model this morning.

Again, as mentioned in my previous post today, this sculpt is the Bee's knees. Can't wait to storm the tabletop and roll horribly with this guy leading the charge..

Pretty sure Im done painting and sporadically posting for the year so Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Cheers to all who've stopped by to check things out this year and all the best for 2017.

Saga Spanish Update #3 - 4 Points Complete!

Done! 4 Points Spanish Warband ready for SAGA: Crescent and Cross

I've hit my amended target to get these guys ready for the tabletop before Christmas. As a little bonus I added in the amazing El Cid figure from Gripping Beast. Its an amazing sculpt by Angel Terol, and is easily one of the best historical miniatures I've had the pleasure of throwing paint at.
The Warband consists of;
8 Caballeros
8 Mounted Jinetes
12 Levies w/ bow.

So here we are, the full 4 points following the mighty Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar into battle!

El Cid.


Keen as a bean to get some games in with these guys while I'm on holidays.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Saga Spanish Project Update #2

Here we are! Back with another update on my Spanish Saga Warband project. Well, things didnt exactly go to plan. I was hoping to smash out atleast a unit every week or so but as usual, life does life and wargaming went to the back of the line. Anyway, I'm on holidays now and have managed to finish off 8 Mounted Caballeros (hearthguard). I had started these sometime in November so they didnt take too much more to get over the line.

 As usual with Gripping Beast, nice clean sculpts make for easy work.

I've now just got 8 Mounted Jinetes (warriors) and the Warlord to go. I've already started the horses so will hopefully have the whole 4 points tabletop ready by Christmas!

Monday, 10 October 2016

SAGA Pagan Priest!

My Spanish project went on hold yesterday as I really wanted to get this awesome model finished up in time for my games this weekend.  The figure is sculpted by Bob Naismith and is one helluva model! 

I really dig this figure. It's full of character and I've been looking forward to getting it tabletop ready since I purchased it a few weeks ago from War and Peace Games. A sweet addition to my Dark Age collection! Cheers.