Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Barbarian Final

Alaric I and his Tervingi or Early Visigoths face off against the Great Khan and his Tribal Mongolians. The rules are Triumph! and the battle will take place on a 2 foot by 2 foot open grassland board.

 The Visigoths are on the top and the Mongols on the bottom
 The Mongol Horse bow take on the Visigoth warriors on the right
 The Visigoth skirmishers are the first casualty to the Mongol's Horse bow

 Visigoth Knights attempt to reinforce their left flank, while their warriors advance in the center 
 The Mongol Horse bow are driven off on the right
 The Mongols reorganize on their left and center
 Visigoth warriors unit defeated in the center, but drive off the Mongol Horse bow on their left flank
 Mongolian Horse bow attempt to outflank the Visigoth Knights
 Visigoths once again drive off the pesky Mongol Horse bows
 Visigoths lose another warrior unit, but the Mongols lose an Elite Cavalry 
 The Mogol Horse bow turn the Visigoth (top) right flank
 Alaric drives off the Great Khan
 Mongol attempts to roll up the Visigoth right flank
 Alaric once again drives off the Mongol leader
 Another Visigoth Warrior unit is lost
                                                                  Visigoth Casulties

The Mongols defeat the Early Visigoths, 18 to 4 and seize the top Barbarian title . 

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.