Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Trojan War using Triumph! rules

Last night's event was the Trojan War with Frank's No Paint Armies using Triumph! rules.  

 The Trojans under Hector's command
 Achilles and the Achaeans
 The light foot face off against each other on the flank
 Early push by the Trojan Heavy foot (top, orange) foreshadows the battle. 
 The Achaean Battle Taxis attempt to hold off the Trojan's Heavy Foot
 The Achaean left flank crumbles to the advancing Heavy Foot of Hector
                                       A decisive victory for the Trojans under Hector's command. 

                                             For more information on No Paint Armies

Thursday, May 24, 2018

the Spring Offensive - the Race for Ace above Flanders Fields


To prepare for the Memorial Day holiday here in the United States, it's time to get out our collection of clothes pin WWI airplanes. We are using the excellent rules by Matt Fritz, which are simple and easy to expand, as you desire.

 Hauptmann Krebs flying a borrowed Fokker Triplane engages Capitano Frank
 The dance begins
              The Italian pilot gets a critical hit on the triplane's engine
 With limited maneuverability the Hauptmann is shot down, but walks away from the                                                                        crash
 Hauptmann Krebs gets his favorite candy cane striped Fokker Tri and goes hunting
                                                           for Capitano Frank
                                  Another dance begins 
 The Hauptmann pulls off an impressive Immelmann turn to shoot down his rival,                                                        who was killed in the crash
 Capitano Frank the younger brother flies an Ansaldo A.1 plotting revenge on the                                                                    Hauptmann
 After inflicting major damage on his opponent, Hauptmann Krebs signals the young                              Capitano offering an escape route off the board.
                   The Capitano declines the offer and is shot down and killed



                         In Flanders Fields

                                           By John McCrae
                                            In Flanders fields the poppies blow
                                            Between the crosses, row on row,
                                            That mark our place; and in the sky
                                            The larks, still bravely singing, fly
                                            Scarce heard amid the guns below.

                                            We are the Dead. Short days ago
                                            We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
                                             Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
                                             In Flanders fields.

                                             Take up our quarrel with the foe:
                                             To you from failing hands we throw
                                             The torch; be yours to hold it high.
                                              If ye break faith with us who die
                                             We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                                              In Flanders fields.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

the Barbarian final 4 with Granny Grate & Triumph! part 2

The next matchup in our Barbarian final 4 is the Hun army led by Attila versus the tribal Mongolian Horde. We used the Triumph! rules set.  The armies were made with Granny Grate/ plastic needlepoint mesh . It was a "blind draw" for army selection.

                        Mongolian horde, top of photo and the Hunnic army is on the bottom 
                                                 The mounted forces initial engagement
                                           Horse bows engage each other on the Hun left flank
                                     Attila's bow horse are forced back taking an early loss of troops
                                              The Mongolian horde continues its early success
                            The Hun led by Attila are defeated in this clash of mounted armies
                                        The Mongolian horde advances to the Barbarian finals.

The tribal Mongolian horde faces off against the early Visigoths for the Barbarian Championship.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

the Barbarian final 4 begins using Granny Grate & Triumph!

The first matchup in our Barbarian final 4 is the Early Visigoths led by Alaric I versus the Early Vandals under the command of Gunderic. We used the Triumph! rules set.  The armies were made with Granny Grate/ plastic needlepoint mesh . It was a "blind draw" for army selection.

 Vandals on top of photo, Visigoths on bottom
 Closeup of Gunderic's (early Visigoths) Warriors supported by his Knights and Javelin Cavalry
 Alaric I's Knights and Warriors 

 Forces engage
 Visigoth skirmishers flank the Vandal warriors
 Alaric I's Knights try to break the Vandal center
 Warriors engage on the right flank of Alaric's battle line
 The early Vandals aren't rolling well this night.
 The rout of the early Vandals is on
Alaric I and the early Visigoths advance to the Barbarian Finals 

              Up next, Attila the Hun's army faces off against the tribal Mongol Horde.  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The First Collapse of Civilization using Triumph! rules

A cautionary tale. The world was at peace. Civilizations thriving.  A merchant prince thinks he has a better way. Tariffs are imposed and migrants are targeted. Civilization collapses for the first time as the migrants unite and take advantage of the world chaos. It is the appearance of the Sea Peoples (top of photos) that threatens to plunge the world into a lingering darkness. In our battle, the New Kingdom Egyptians (bottom of photos) attempt to halt the unstoppable foe.  

 the Sea peoples enter from the top of photo
Not wanting to let the Sea Peoples establish themselves, the NKE advance with their Chariots in the center and their archers on their right flank. 
 The NKE initial archer assault is a series of complete misses, which embolden the Sea Peoples
The Sea Peoples light foot are decimated under the continuing bow fire 

Then the NKE archers unleash a further rain of death upon the SP raiders (I have never seen so many 6 to 1 dice rolls in quick succession)

 On their left flank the NKE elite foot destroy the Sea Peoples elite foot 
 The NKE archers turn the SP flank while holding their battle line.
 The final blow from the NKE bows was a fitting end to the battle.
 The Sea Peoples defeat the NKE rabble on the NKE left flank. 
A surprising overwhelming victory for the NKE

Summary: In DBA, the Sea Peoples are legendary. All those blades. What can stop them ?  However, with the new  Triumph!  shooting rules, archers are no longer the "weak element" of any army.  Yes, there were a ridiculous number of 6 to 1 die rolls during our battle, nevertheless, Triumph! did an excellent job with their new rules for bows !  I encourage you to give Triumph! rules a try !

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hittites versus NKE using Triumph!

                              Looking like Moshe Dayan, the NKE general, wearing an eye patch from recent retina surgery, arrives on the desert battlefield
                                               Hittites on top of photo, NKE to the bottom

 Initial contact of chariots had mixed results
With a series of doubling dice rolls, the Archers on the NKE left flank destroy Hittite Spears while on the NKE right flank their Heavy Foot destroy the Hittite Spears.
As the doubling dice rolls continue for the NKE, the Hittite forces are routed from the battle.

Next up on the Triumph! schedule: The first collapse of civilization. Against that backdrop, these victorious NKE forces face the legendary Sea Peoples.