Tuesday, 28 June 2011

10mm Hail Caesar Armies.

Here's some photos of the two armies that will be being used for the first game of Hail Caesar as mentioned in my last post these are Feudal/Crusaders vs Andalusian.The Crusaders/Feudal are from Magister Militum and TB Line and the Andalusians are from Pendraken.These armies are my Warmaster armies and as such have probably been seen previously but I just thought i would post these to show the look of 10mm armies based for Hail Caesar.(as I always say click on photo to enlarge)

Monday, 27 June 2011

And so it begins.

As I've mentioned previously I'm looking to play Hail Caesar with my Warmaster armies.So after a few read throughs of the HC rules I made some magnetic sabot bases to mount the WM units on.The frontage of HC standard Inf units (120mm) is the same as a WM units,depth isn't really an issue but for the look of it I decided to go 40mm depth,so two WM Inf make one HC unit.Cavalry in HC is also 120mm frontage for standard units, so as with the Inf two WM Cavalry make one HC Cavalry.For my Skirmish Inf and Light Horse I will be taking them in small units so Ive gone for a frontage of 40mm so two WM bases frontage and again two deep(4 WM stands). So my next decision has been which armies to try it out with? Romans vs Seleucids, Wars of the roses or my Feudal Europe and Crusader armies? Ive gone for a Feudal/Crusader vs Andalusian both of which are big armies and getting bigger :-) so plenty troops to muster on a dusty field of battle beneath the HOT Iberian sun. So with the Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio playing in the background Ive put the lists together and here's what you get in HC with around 2250pts of WM.

Feudal Europe/Crusaders, 14 Units in 3 Divisions(commands):-
1st Division:-
4 X knights (heavy cav)Eager, Tough Fighters.
1 X Turcopole (light Cav) Feigned Flight, small unit.

2nd Division:-
2 X spearmen(Heavy Inf)
2 X Crossbow (Heavy Inf)
1 X Skirmisher. Small unit

3rd Division:-
2 X Spearmen (Heavy Inf)
1 X Crossbow/Archer (Heavy Inf)
1 X Peasant/Pilgrims (Medium Inf) Freshly raised.

Andalusian,14 Units in 3 Divisions(commands):-
1st Division:-
3 X Andalusian Nobles and Mercenary Knights (Heavy Cav).
3 X Jinets (Light Cav).Feigned Flight, small unit.

2nd Division:-
3 X Berber Spear (Medium Inf).Fanatic,Wild Fighters.
1 X Berber Archers.

3rd Division:-
2 X Andalusian/Mercenary Spear (Heavy Inf)Drilled.
1 X Archer/Crossbow (Medium Inf)
1 x Skirmish Bow.Small Unit.

I have some more Berber spearmen on the painting table that may be finished before battle commences, if they are I will let them swell the ranks of the Andalusians.
Hopefully I will post some photos of the armies arrayed in the next day or so, and then after that once the battle has been fought I will post an AAR with photos.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

The Phalanx Wargames Show, my tale.

Just got back from the Phalanx show and thought Id tell you a tale I'm sure you already know, we've all been there. At the moment as mentioned in a previous post all projects finished(so I thought) or going along very nicely,looking at moving into ECW 10mm for a change from Medieval(Favorite)and WWII and various other bits.
Woke up this morning not sure if I should go to the show,there nothing I need at the moment maybe a few paints and I could have a look at Pendraken ECW army packs,what the hell I may as well go and have a look, took some cash just in case but I should be bringing most of it back. Got to the show just as doors opened at 10 o'clock Bring and Buy looking very busy I thought I will have a look later and into the main hall we go as always plenty of Traders. First stop for me Dave Lancesters' (of Lance and Longbow fame), book stall, and there it is the book I NEED 'Armies of Feudal Europe 1066-1300' its a book Ive needed for many a year(ask my good friend Tony)but on this day of not NEEDING I NEEDED this book,Dave very kindly gave me a small discount so I bought it :-).First purchase (but I thought I didn't NEED anything?).Next Stop Caliver books to see when the Medieval Warfare magazine is out I know its not out(HMM?)so I will just get a release date and be on my way no need to spend money here "its over there, just in" says the man, Bugger! thinks I, had a look at it Vol 1 Issue 1 and what a great looking thing it is ...How Much!!? but its worth it and I NEED it, I pay for it and I'm on my way to look for more things I don't NEED.call in to say hello to Magister Militum and buy some of their Warmaster bases and I'm off again.Next I stop in at Pendraken to give Leon and Dave the Trophy they won for Best 10mm earlier this year(better late than never) had a nice chat with Leon and Dave then I have a quick look at the ECW army packs I like em but do I NEED them? yes,so I put them back (!?) and have a look at their Arab army packs nice, a pack of these will fill out my Andalusians (which is all Pendraken) :-) next thing Ive bought the Arabs and the paints I needed with a quick cheerio to Leon and Dave I'm on my way again.I had a look on the Bring and Buy, thank god nothing I need from there and so one last look around the show lots of people about, lots of good traders and as always some great looking demo games,though none in 6mm or 10mm that I could see which wasn't good,Had a chat with friends old and new from the various local clubs Ive played at, and was one my way out,one last look at the Kallistra stall next thing I know Ive bought a round tower,connecting walls and another wall section from their resin fortifications range to add to my castle, I didn't NEED it, the castle did. So away went I:-) Phalanx 2011 for me a show not NEEDING anything and came away with a bag full of things I didn't NEED, don't you just love this hobby :-)

Friday, 17 June 2011

Warmaster English Civil War,some quick musings.

With all recent gaming and painting projects coming along nicely or finished and in need of a change and with the soon to be sold 28mm ECW going,thoughts have returned to ECW but this time in 10mm. Not wanting yet another rules system to use I was thinking of putting together two armies for Warmaster one of the chaps at my local club has come up with two army lists and a few special rules for the period. So after some debate with fellow gamers as to scale, 10mm appears to be most popular.With me putting together both armies it didn't really matter for me but if others are to join in at some point best to go with the general consensus.Looking to try the Pendraken range for this project Ive not used any Pendraken for a while my
10mm Wars of the Roses and El Cid armies are from Pendraken, so it will be a change to revisit an old favorite manufacturer and a new period of history to paint and game with in 10mm.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Templar and Teutonic Orders.

Here's two units of the knightly Orders one dismounted Knights Templar I painted a while ago and never took photos of to post and the other Teutonic spear that I started a few weeks back. Each unit only took a few hours to paint and base. Primed brown or black,quick base coat each colour then black ink wash or Devlan mud wash and picked out colours again.Certainly not great painting but a good way of getting them on the war games table quick. Photo's not great (as always click to enlarge).I will try and take some better photos next time they are out.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Interview with the man behind TB Line, Fabio Farneti.

Over the last few months I been thinking about getting the views of some of the people who bring us what we need to wargame in the Grandscale with this in mind I got in touch with Fabio G Farneti the man behind TB Line and he kindly said he'd be happy to do a interview.Now I would have loved to have flown to Italy for the weekend and carry out the interview in person but alas this was not possible,so we carried out the interview via e.mail.What we have here are the transactions of those e.mails.So imagine you are sat at a street side cafe or outside a bar on one of the squares in Bologna with a cappuccino or a glass of wine in hand.Here are some photos to set the scene.

Jason-Hello Fabio, first of all thank you for taking some time out to answer some questions for Grandscale wargaming...
Okay first things first, why, when and where was TB Line born?

Fabio-TB Line was founded in 2007. Why? Well, I would say to unconsciousness and out of necessity. If I had been fully aware of the difficulties that such an adventure would bring with it probably I would not have even begun. I'm not penitent, indeed slowly it is making satisfactions, but our hobby is too niche to be able to dedicate completely to it and also make enough to live on. Fortunately, I possessed and still possess a job that allows me to live peacefully and to achieve some dreams including TB Line. Sometimes I feel a bit limited I'd like to devote more time and energy to the wargame, doing it this way also allows me to be more free in my choices and not necessarily have to follow "the wave" and gives me the time and money to live in the real world beyond wargaming with my family.
I also spoke about the necessity, first of all because I am a three-dimensional wargames player and too often I saw wargames promise sensations, without keeping them. So I decided to see if we could do something about it.

Jason-Why did you decide on the 10mm scale for the miniatures you wanted to produce?

Fabio-I am always been a big fan of small scales. With the small scale can be obtained remarkable mass effects in relatively small spaces. Then the small scales are faster and easier to paint, of course, may not have the details of the 28mm, but the miniatures for the wargame are to be assessed on the battlefield and not in hand. Also in Italy there are few clubs and even fewer who can afford large tables. Often we find ourselves playing on the kitchen table, and if one does not want to give up making sense of what he sees, the small scales are an excellent solution. When I say 4 figures must represent an entire Legion, well then ... make me sad.
I was working on my project and I was quite undecided between the 10 and 6mm, then for the period I wanted to play I thought that the 10mm is better suited than 6mm.

Jason-For those that don't know, what are the ranges of miniatures are currently available from TB Line?

Fabio-At the moment we cover Central Europe, Eastern Europe, the Arabs and the Mongols of the thirteenth century AD then we have the Republican Romans, Carthaginians and Gauls for the Punic Wars.

Jason-Can you say what ranges are next and what's the future for TB Line figures?

Fabio-The next range that will come out soon are Hispanics, Socii Italici and then the Epirotes to try to complete the range on the Punic Wars. These new ranges will add a few outlets for swelling the ranks of the old range.

Jason- Your figures are some of the most detailed available to the 10mm wargamer, what do think makes a good 10mm miniature?

Well I am very pleased of this opinion, although I think there are other manufacturers who do good work. Let's say we focus on quality rather than quantity, so we are not very fast but we do everything to make our miniatures unique. Sometimes we say they are too much for a 10mm, however, a 10mm is always a 10mm, so no one forces you to paint it as a 28mm and in the mass the result will always be still more than acceptable, but if you have time, will and ability with a good 10mm you can still have fun and get great results. If you do not believe look at the images from our site.

Jason-TB Line also produce a set of war games rules 'Anticamente', when and why did you decide on creating a set of rules?

Fabio-Well I could say that was the reason why the TB Line was born. As I said above I have always felt the need to play a true wargame where the three-dimensional field remained three-dimensional from the beginning of the game until the end. Alas, all that I felt in the end was a big disappointment. If you open any rules, there are beautiful photos, with battlefields filled with scenic elements that make you dream and invite you to try it. Then when you move from words to facts, you realize that those photos are artfully made to foist a fake. It is often impossible to play certain rules with real three-dimensional fields and will normally be used by the player who wants to win not the one who likes see his miniatures that are losing ground because they slip on a cliff or because there is doubt about the line of sight because there is an invasive tree. Even the units formation in the field often take the forms unreal, forcibly geometric and regular. Who has ever seen a cavalry charge in which horses can be so aligned as to overcome the performance of a dressage competition. Or have you ever seen a manipulate Roman Legion disposition on a wargame battlefield? I guess the answer is No, because doing so would compromise the game. In reality the fault is not the player that fits what the rules allows him to do, but just the rules. For this reason I began looking for an alternative idea that could reconcile the aesthetics of the three-dimensional wargame with functionality of the game. After several attempts I have come to Anticamente that brings with it the idea of this type of play. Obviously these are only my words but if you want you can check with the images of the Italian Championship Tournament, Go and look so you can judge for yourself.

Jason- With the likes of Pendraken,Magister Militum and Kallistra regular traders at the wargames shows in Europe and the UK will TB Line been seen at any shows in the future?

Fabio-Well it is an idea we have in mind. We want to show our products, but even more the type of game that we propose. We wanted to this year, but I do not know if we can. But certainly is something that will happen

Jason- With a lot of your time spent running Tb Line do you still have time to play war games?

Fabio-Eh, this is a good question. Let's say that my way to live the wargame has changed. Once the pleasure was mainly in the playing of the game, now it is to allow others to play it.

Jason- For anybody who hasn't seen your miniatures or rules can you give us the web details and links where these could be found?

Fabio-Sure, our web site is
You will find all our miniatures, all the material necessary to realize a three-dimensional hexagons battlefield and the Anticamente rules, free to download.

We also recommend you to view our blog on Anticamente. Alas, my English is not great but if you settle this is the address:


Jason-Once again thank you for taking time out and answering my questions for Grand Scale wargaming.

Fabio-Thank you to Jason, and since no dream can be realized alone, I would like to thank my collaborators, counselors and friends Bizzio, Alessandro and Cosimo Marcoe
I recommend you, continue to follow Grande Scale wargaming ;- )

Thursday, 2 June 2011

English Civil War.

Had camera out taking photos of my ECW Army (not all painted) for sale on e.bay so thought I'd post the painted units on here.Its an Parliamentarian army (all Warlord)Ive enjoyed collecting and painting (60% painted) Its great to game with but it just not getting the use it should and there are other projects(10mm), to be buying and getting on with that will get more use. All painted using Army Painter dip.