Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Monday, July 29, 2013

DBM Late Roman Army

I was looking for a book in my closet Friday night and I came across a CD that had pictures of some of my older armies from days of yore.  I no longer have this army but do have some fond memories of victories and defeats - it was a fun army to game.  It is a 15mm Mid to Late Imperial Roman/Patrician Roman army that I put together with many options for DBM.  Figures are a mix of Essex and Old Glory.


In the foreground are Old Glory heavy Germanic cavalry leading the charge followed by Old Glory light Germanic cavalry.  I'm not exactly sure which packs they came from but they painted up nicely and portray Goths, Vandals, etc. for use for and against the Romans.  Don't quote me on the "official" designations but I believe they are Knights (Ir) and Light horse (Ir).  That's one of the General stands in the very front.

In the background is various Roman cavalry: Cataphracts, Cliibarnii and Heavy Cavalry.  The Roman horse are Essex miniatures.


Close up of a mounted General base and a dismounted General base.


What would a Roman army be without Roman Legionnaires?  Just in front is a Roman mounted General base.  Figures are Essex.


Roman Auxiliary troops.  Next to them on the left side I think were Roman Auxiliary fast troops?  It's been a long time since I played DBM.  Figures again from Essex.


Roman Archers from Essex with some Roman Heavy Cavalry behind.


Another mounted Roman General with one Old Glory figure.  The Roman artillery behind it is Old Glory with a horse to make them fast artillery.  I know I freely mixed "figures" from different periods but I figured the Roman quartermasters were slow delivering the modern helmets and anyway . . . I'm not afraid of the fashion police!


If I remember correctly, I think this was usually my Commander in Chief since he has the purple on his tunic.  I wish the picture was in better focus because I thought I did a good job painting him!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

King's Lifeguard of Foote Complete

I managed to finish the King's Lifeguard of Foote this weekend by adding two stands of musketeers.  I was originally not going to use the drummer from Wargames Foundry but I changed my mind after adding some feathers from the Warlord Games ECW plastic infantry sprue.

The King's Lifeguard of Foote was primarily used as an infantry reserve once the mounted Lifeguard was raised.




All figures, with the exception of the officer waving his hat and the drummer, are from the Warlord Games ECW multi-part infantry box. The Royalist and Parliamentary boxes are exactly the same except you get Royalist or Parliamentary flags and painting guide with the appropriate box.


My two favorite figures I put together this time were both standard bearers.  The one with the pistol was a pikeman I converted and the chap in brown is one of the officer figures that came in the box.






Here are the forces so far:  The King's Lifeguard, Prince Rupert's Bluecoats and for Parliament Samuel Jones' Regiment of Greencoats.
 I could not resist putting the marksman in the old GW stone tower.

Next up:  ECW Cuirassiers from Perry Miniatures.

Friday, July 5, 2013

King's Lifeguard of Foote almost mustered

After a vacation and other Summer activities, I am back actively raising some more troops for the King's Lifeguard of Foote.  Since the unit tended to be "over-officered" I have decided to add an extra ensign which will be with one of the musketeer stands - but standing next to the pikes.  I used the top of a partizan from the command sprue of Warlord's plastic English Civil War infantry for the finial and a brass rod for the pole.  Once again, the flag is a free download from Wargames Designs.





Coming up soon after the muster of the Lifeguard will be some cavalry that were Father's Day goodies from the Honorable Sons.