Buying stuff (and thinking of getting more)

12 June, 2010

I’ve made use of my visit to Britain to get some figures without paying for postage. So far I’ve been pretty modest, and only got some Goblins (though quite a few!). These are from Magister Militum and will allow me to use my Goblins as just about any DBA army.

Inspired by Craig’s comment that he liked my ‘Classical Goblins’, I decided to get them some real chariots. The ‘Platform Carts’ of  the Chariot range aren’t that good, but I’ve managed to get them to provide solid wheels from their Sumerian range, which will make them look cruder.

I’ve also got some rhinosauruses that should be able to be used as knights, and more goblins that can be based as 4Sp/4Pk. To make the ‘elephants’ (behemoths in HOTT) more regular, I got some more of their ogres (armoured ones for variety). I’ll mix these in and make one of them a command element with a goblin standard bearer and drummer. Then I’ll have three ‘elephants’ with a clear commander for them. I can also create pike armies with the spearmen (stand-in successor armies until I paint one!). In time, I should have some endlessly morphable Goblins for practice fights.

I’ve also bought a second-hand boardgame for nostalgia value. It’s WRG’s Decline and Fall. I had a lot of fun playing this years ago, not that it’s terribly well balanced, but it was going cheaply enough and again I could save on postage.

Otherwise, I’m considering making my post AD 450 Early Muslim North Africa and Sicily (III/33). It occurred to me that these were a loose form of Carthaginians: same geographical place and some similarities in the army; they don’t have elephants or warbands, but they have similar amounts of cavalry (one more 2LH than the Carthos), spear and psiloi. they have the option of ditching the spear and going for lots of auxilia, which would make them very mobile, and potentially a headache for elephant armies.

I’ll need to research the history of this army a little more. Are there any colourful personalities that led it? But it has the potential to satisfy my requirements for an army. It has an interesting mix of troops and they’d fight in a similar fashion to the Carthaginians (not that I’ve mastered them with the Carthaginians). It has potential to hold my interest, especially as I’m thinking of getting some of their enemies for a campaign: Andalusians (III/34b), Fanatic Berbers (III/74), Feudal Spanish (III35b) and Sicilians (IV/5a). The figures for these have a degree of internal morphability, so wouldn’t need to be done all at once. They’ve also got a lot of psiloi, which would make them cheaper and quicker to paint.

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3 Responses to “Buying stuff (and thinking of getting more)”

  1. Mark Davies Says:

    Actually, I should have added that the Early Muslim North Africans would work for the Carthaginians of my Hesperia campaign, not that it’s made much progress, and they could be fairly generic middle easterners (and either way they would need an elephant or two!).

  2. Stephen Says:

    Well done on Decline & Fall!
    I have all of those 11th century Spain armies, unpainted. http://balagan.org.uk/war/reconquista/index.htm has some great historical notes. III/33 is notable in it’s absence though. Looking at the DBM army list the main variation between the various armies that III/33 might represent is the blend of troops between Berbers and Sub Saharan Africans, with a couple of Arab elements thrown in for colour.
    I’m quite looking forward to an Andalusians vs Vikings game.

    • Mark Davies Says:

      Thanks, those armies would be a lot of fun to have, but until I work through my backlog, I might hold off on them (though my feudals could provide the start for some if I’m not fussy).

      When we catch up, Vikings v. Andalusians is a must!


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