I have sizable ancients armies in 28mm, with almost everything based for Warhammer Ancient Battles. I used to run a wargaming club at my school, but eleven years have passed since then, and these figures have never hit the table during all that time.
Some of these armies are pretty large, with a few hundred figures. I have Carthaginians, mid-republican Romans, late republican Romans, early imperial Romans, Macedonians, and Gauls. Everything is based singly, as WAB required, and that really doesn't work for the big battle games I enjoy.
I was thinking about selling off those armies, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to keep them. These were some of the first 28mm I ever painted, and they have some sentimental value to me. I also thought it might be fun to play a game with them again!
This week I rebased my Gauls. I used 60mm by 30mm bases for the foot and 60mm square bases for the horse. I have six chariots, but I did not rebase them yet, as the reins will surely break if I pry them from their current bases.
Rebased Gallic Foot
Rebased Gallic Mounted
Cavalry Unit 1
Cavalry Unit 2
Gaisatoi (Naked Fanatics)
The grand total for this army is 194 foot, 27 mounted, and six chariots with 12 crew. I'm not at all sure what rules I could use them for, but I am glad I went to the trouble to rebase them. The army looks pretty good! I have been moving away from 28mm figures for a while, but maybe I will add to this force in the future.
I have been working on my 6mm buildings from Leven Miniatures, and these three Gettysburg buildings have me very happy with Leven's line!
Probably the most recognizable building at Gettysburg is the Evergreen Cemetery gatehouse. The model is darned near perfect.
Meade made his headquarters behind Cemetery Hill at the Leister farm. It is tough from contemporary photographs to see exactly how the fences were situated, and this may not be quite right. It's close, anyway.
I have probably fought the first day at Gettysburg more than any other scenario. Something about Buford's delaying action appeals to all gamers, and Gettysburg remains the classic meeting engagement. Buford made his headquarters in the Lutheran seminary, using the cupola to survey the field.
I have another dozen Civil War buildings to paint. I also have two Waterloo buildings nearly complete!
This past Saturday, the fellows joined me for another game of "To the Strongest!" Once again, we tackled the battle of Chaeronea. In the first game, Jon's Greeks won a squeaker against Kevin's Macedonians. In the second game, my brother Craig and I took the Greeks, and Jon and Kevin teamed up as the Macedonians. It was another closely fought Greek victory!
After lunch, Jon and I broke out the old Avalon Hill "Squad Leader" and played the first scenario. My 10 year old son and I have been learning the game together. Jon was a little rusty on the rules, but I think he had fun!
While Jon and I got our fix of retro gaming, Kevin had a chance to peruse my collection of "The General."
I HAVE been painting, but I haven't been finishing many projects this month. Hopefully I can post some pictures of new figures soon!