Monday, September 20, 2021

Renaissance Reconnaissance, Part 5 - Box #9: Reiters and Elmeti, at the ready!


During the Great Italian Wars, Elmeti generally referred to heavily armored  cavalry, but not quite of the quality of Gendarmes, Knights, Household troops, Famiglia, etc. In my case I view them as Extra Heavy cavalry, but generally on horses without barding, especially metal barding. 


Reiters, on the other hand, arose late in the Italian Wars era  and extended well past that into the Wars of Religion. Initially, they were relatively lightly protected (mail shirts - as seen in the top 2 rows), and some carried short spears. Later they tended to 3/4 armor, but never barding (next 2 rows). They were specialist pistoliers, carrying 2-3 or more pistols, and, at least initially, using the Caracole. This could be effective against infantry with few or no missile weapons, but was generally hazardous when employed against aggressive enemy cavalry!



I make that 24 HC Reiters, 24 EHC Reiters, and 36 Elmeti. Quite a heavy box!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Libyan LI Javelinmen # 4-6

Yep, just when you thought it was safe to look down again, those scantily clad Tehenu Libyans have returned once more! 


Ready to throw in the "towel"?!


No if's or and's, but plenty of butts! 


They do paint up quickly!  :-)


Time for, a cool change! 


More Ancient gym rats!


Spear (or rather, Javelin) chuckers! 


They have... clothes over there!  Sacrilege!


The first 2 units are Old Glory; these are Newline Designs. 


More Micron pen (red) work on the cloaks. 


"I fart in your general direction!"   :-)




Saturday, September 11, 2021

They came from the Sea...

Well, actually, Czar Barry came from Maine for a visit 2 weeks ago, after visiting his parents, who still live in the area, so we played a smallish (for my table, anyway) game of To the Strongest!. 


He took took the Sea Peoples (left), whilst I took the Egyptians (right). 


Sea Peoples


CMD

Description

Save

Spec/Ammo

Pts

VMs

1

General, attach, mounted, Heroic

3+

Replay 

5

2

1

Light Chariots, Bow

8+

3

5

1

1

Light Chariots, Bow

8+

3

5

1

1

Light Chariots, Bow

8+

3

5

1

1

Command Cost, Medals



20

5


CMD

Description

Save

Spec/Ammo

Pts

VMs

2

General, attached

2+

Replay 

4

2

2

Peleset Javelinmen

7+

2

7

2

2

Peleset Javelinmen

7+

2

7

2

2

Peleset Javelinmen

7+

2

7

2

2

Peleset Bowmen

8+

6

7

2

2

Pelset LI Javelinemen

7+

2

4

1

2

Hero


Replay

1


2

Camp



1

3

2

Command Cost, Medals



38

14


CMD

Description

Save

Spec/Ammo

Pts

VMs

3

General, attached

3+

Replay 

4

2

3

Sardanna Warriors (deep) - Hero

7+


10

3

3

Sardanna Warriors (deep) - Hero

7+


10

3

3

Sardanna Warriors Veteran - Hero

6+


13

3

3

Command Cost, Medals



37

11


CMD

Description

Save

Spec/Ammo

Pts

VMs

4

General, attach, mounted, Heroic

3+

Replay 

5

2

4

Light Chariots, Bow

8+

3

5

1

4

Light Chariots, Bow

8+

3

5

1

4

Light Chariots, Bow

8+

3

5

1

4

Command Cost, Medals



20

5

115  points 35/3 VM = 12


Egyptians

Division Amun

CMD

Description

Save

Spec/Ammo

Pts

VMs

1

Att General Chariot Heroic Amun

3+

Replay

6

2

1

Light Chariots, Bow, Veteran

7+

4

6

1

1

Light Chariots, Bow, Veteran

7+

4

6

1

1

Light Chariots, Bow, Veteran

7+

4

6

1

1

Command Cost, Medals



24

5


CMD

Description

Save

Spec/Ammo

Pts

VMs

2

Att General, Heroic Div Amun

3+

Replay

5

2

2

Medium Infantry, Shieldwall

7+


7

2

2

Medium Infantry, Shieldwall

7+


7

2

2

Medium Infantry, 2 H Mace/Aaxe

7+


8

2

2

Medium Bowmen,

8+

7

7

2

2

Light Infantry - Bow/Sling

8+

3

4

1

2

Hero


Replay

1

-

2

Camp



1

3

2

Command Cost, Medals



40

14


Division Set 

CMD

Description

Save

Spec/Ammo

Pts

VMs

3

Attached General

2+


4

2

3

Medium Infantry, Shieldwall

7+


7

2

3

Medium Infantry, Shieldwall

7+


7

2

3

Medium Bowmen

8+

6

7

2

3

Light Infantry - Bow/Sling

8+

3

4

1

3

Hero


Replay

1


3

Command Cost, Medals



30

9


CMD

Description

Save

Spec/Ammo

Pts

VMs

4

Att General Chariot, Heroic  

3+


6

2

4

Light Chariots, Bow

8+

3

5

1

4

Light Chariots, Bow

8+

3

5

1

4

Light Chariots, Bow

8+

3

5

1

4

Command Cost, Medals



21

5

115 Points   34/3 VM = 12


The opposing Light Chariots skirmish on the flanks... as Light Chariots are wont to do! 


Czar Barry demonstrates the principles of Linear Warfare to the Sea Peoples army!


My Egyptians have advanced their Bowmen, hoping for a luck shot on the  deep Sardanna warbands. 


The Egyptians have taken out one of the enemy chariots, and have also managed to Disorder one og the Peleset Javelinmen units. 


On the other flank, the opposing side of the battlefield, the two armies trade Mummy jokes...
Q. How to brave Egyptians write?
A. With Hero-glyphics!       
        

Sardanna warbands advance!


Situation on the Egyptian Left.
Q. What did Pharaoh say when he saw the Pyramid?
A. "Mummy''s home!"                                               


Light Chariots shooting it out on the Egyptian Right.


Pharaoh supports a charge into the flank of a Peleset chariot. 


Overview of the Center of the Battle.


The Egyptians knock off an enemy chariot on their right flank as well! 


Sardana Warbands charge! The light infantry in the palm grove easily evade one change, but the second unit rolls right over its enemy, and then manages to turn to flank the Egyptian Center!
Q. How do you use an ancient Egyptian doorbell?
A. "Toot-and-come-in!"       
                                 

View from the Sea Peoples Left...


and from their Right.; they have managed to knock off an Egyptian chariot now!


Same from the Egyptian perspective.
Q. What's a Mummy's favorite kind of coffee?
A. "De-coffinated!"

On the Egyptian right, the flankers are now themselves outflanked! In the distance, an Egyptian chariot has slipped through and is riding hell for leather towards the Sea Peoples Camp (the boat on the baseline).


View from the Egyptian right. 


One Sardanna Warband charges a Light chariot, which deftly evades. The other turns to face the threat to its flank. 


Situation in the center; the Nubian arches have disordered some Peleset Javelinmen. 


Even with Pharaoh's help, the Egyptians can't seem to break the flanked Peleset chariot. 
Q. Why do women find Mummies irresistible?
A. "It's their Pharaoh-mones!"    
                     

More skirmishing with Javelins and Arrows. 


Situation of the Egyptian right; the Sea Peoples have taken out an Egyptian Chariot, but their Camp is looking very vulnerable!


View from behind the Sea Peoples Left; one of their chariots has given chase, trying to prevent the Egyptians from sacking their Camp! Meantime, another Sea Peoples chariot goes down in a tangle of horses, reigns and men. The warband gets distracted, charging after the light chariot yet again, which nimbly evades. The other lead warband decides to pull back. 


Situation from behind the Sea Peoples right.
Q. Do Mummies enjoy their un-life?
A. "But of corpse!"        
                   

Chariot face off on the Sea Peoples right.


The Sea Peoples camp falls to the dashing chariot; 3 Victory medals surrendered! 


View from the Sea Peoples left...


and from the right; two Peleset Javelin units are disordered and close to elimination!


A Sea Peoples Chariot (lead by a Heroic General) charges the flank of some Egyptians in Shield Wall. 


Lopts of units are close to being eliminated here (each "Scarab of Death" indicates a hit).


A Sardanna Warband is destroyed; 3 Victory Medals lost! 


Realizing the folly of trying to chase the light chariot, the Warband turns back towards the main battle, but another Light chariot unit is lost. 


Game over; a narrow win for Pharaoh's boys!
Q. Where do Mummies swim?
A. "In the Dead Sea!" 


I needed a couple of Sea peoples ships to serve as Camps for my Historicon games. There was little to find, so I went with this pdf downloads of :"Egyptian Fantasy Ships" for $1 from Wargames Vault. 


Of course, my Laser printer chose this job to run low on Yellow ink hence the purplish cast to some sections. I'll fix that with some old fashioned paint later.


After assembly (the masts are detachable), the ships were glued to foam board. 


Q. What did the mummy say when he was discovered?
A. “I’ve been seeing an archeologist lately, I think she really digs me!!”


The "sea" was created using Durham's water putt, then painted, stained, and dry brushed in shades of blue. . 


The "beach" is done pretty much like my desert basing.


OK, that's it for the Pun-ic Wars!  Anyway, it was great to see "Czar" Barry again, and share a game while we caught up. The Sea Peoples make an interesting opponent for the New Kingdom Egyptians.