“Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it” - Napoleon
The army of choice this time are the African Vandals, as a combination of a simple list with impetuous charging cavalry and my ownership of some brand new Gripping Beast plastic lancers working in tandem with some slightly older Footsore cavalry made the grade.
The Vandals take on Arabs and Byzantines in 4 spectacularly large-scale reports featuring 12th century religious iconography, big-hair-metal music videos and an opportunistic homage to Jeremy Corbyn.
There are also some fantastically painted troops on display as well - plus a video/audio commentary on the first game too.
Don't waste time - dive into some serious Vandalism with these 4 reports!
The foundation of the army are some Legio Heroica figures I got ages ago, and which I think are listed here on their website as Armenian Cavalry. Basically they are a nice range of ever so slightly arab-ized C12 Knights and changing cavalry.
The Georgians were a pretty chunky empire that sat (and fought) between the Turks and the Byzantines for a good few hundred years, including the Byzantine-Georgian Wars. The county adopted Christianity in 327AD, so by the early middle ages would have been well ensconced in the icon-waving era I reckon.
The ADLG list has 2 incarnations, one with bow-armed Heavy Cavalry and an earlier and more exuberant charging lancer type army - which is the one I'm most tempted towards of course.
This is the list I've used:
3 Nobles Heavy cavalry impetuous Elite
3 Nobles Heavy cavalry impetuous ----------
3 Horse Archers Light cavalry bow ----------
Brilliant Sub3 Nobles Heavy cavalry impetuous Elite2 Russians Heavy spearmen missile support ----------3 Horse Archers Light cavalry bow ----------
Ordinary Sub3 Heavy Spearmen Heavy spearmen Mediocre2 Bowmen Bowmen 2 Light infantry javelin Light infantry javelin ----------1 Light infantry bow Light infantry bow --------
If you want to try tweaking it, it's also on Little Army Builder - 205.1 Georgian
Getting to 25 units with an army in this era is quite impressive, and the tactics are fairly self-evident in trying to rush and overwhelm one flank whilst hoping that the rather pedestrian and poor quality 3rd infantry-rich command doesn't get into combat too early, and also doesn't get totally run over by the time your other 2 commands have hopefully won the game.
Anyways, I had the figures already, and I had the idea for the flags - so here is the combination of the two:
The Georgian flag I found available for download on this site. I'm sure being shrunk down to 15mm size isn't quite what the author expected, but hey, I think it works really well for having the texture already added in a wargaming style.
The other Icon flags are downloads from a Google Search for "Georgian Icon"- if you want to see how that works, here's a link
Most of the images are shrunk down to around 1cm high, and doubled up to make one flag.
Painting round the edges is really important - especially running paint along the edge of the flag.
They did achieve success in their first game on table, but they probably need a non-knight, or certainly a Medium Knight Only theme to do well.
The eBay link is here
All the figures have been based and magnabased for storage and transit, and have been double-varnished (Army Painter + Testors Dullcote) for tabletop handling.
These guys were originally part of a much bigger DBM/FoG army now being downsized to split into 2-3 ADLG armies, as I've finally decided to bite the bullet and admit to myself that the trend towards smaller army size games is irreversible, and that I can't see how I'll be using this many figures again in the future.
So, the eBay route it is
There's a total of 141 foot + 48 mounted (so almost 250 "things" in total) - which means anything less that £250 is a bargain in my book.
The army comprises:
- 2 Impact Cv (Essex)
- 2 Cataphracts (Essex)
- 2 LH Bow (Essex)
- 2 Huns LH (Minifigs?)
- 6 Mounted Foederate Cavalry (Khurasan's Gothic & Sarmatian ranges)
- 4 Foederate foot (Peter Pig)
- 4 Legionaries (Donnington)
- 4 Auxilia (Donnington)
- 1 Auxilia Bowman (Donnington)
- 8 LI bow (can be used as support for the Legions/Auxilia) (Donnington)
- 1 Artillery (Essex)
- 3 Commanders (Mixed manufacturers)
- 1 Camp base
If you want to expand the army I am happy to either help point you at the exact figure codes or have a dig around in the rest of my collection as well to see if I can spare a few more bases to help you.
I can also arrange for collection at the BHGS Doubles or Warfare, or on a clubnight at CLWC in London so if you are a UK-based player those may be options to save on postage. If you're in Spain or Southern France, I'll also be at the Estella event in October.
Part of all bids will go to support SSAFA, the UK armed forces charity (Help for Heroes passes a chunk of the cash they raise onto SSAFA).