Tagged: Ancients

Understanding Roman Standards!

by Dr. Phil Hendry This article is designed to help wargamers understand the many different types of standard and standard-bearer in the Roman army from the time of Augustus until…

Hail Caesar – the Combat System

Another missive from Hail Caesar author, Rick Priestley – this time Rick gives us an insight into the combat system… Rick: This time round I’m going to talk about the…

Highlight: Hail Caesar – the Ancients Rulebook!

Hail Caesar – Written by none other than Rick Priestley. This rulebook needs little preamble, so read on to find out all the juicy details! View Hail Caesar in Store…

Hail Caesar – Casualties

Rick Priestley, author of our forthcoming Ancients rules: Hail Caesar, brings us another communique explaining the game further. Read on… Rick: Today we have a relatively short piece on the…

New: Persian Light Cavalry!

Early Achaemenid armies would have employed cavalry in large numbers, its was said to have been its defining feature. Light cavalry would ride swift light horses found in abundance in the…

New: Saka Haumavarga archers!

Saka was the name the Persians gave to all Scythian tribes. The Saka Haumavarga lived north west of Bactria, in modern day Uzbekistan. Although the Saka, and all of the steppe…

New: Saka Haumavarga horse archers!

Saka was the name the Persians gave to all Skythian tribes. The Saka Haumavarga lived in the modern day region of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. These are a people on the…

New: Elamite Skirmishers!

Elam was situated in modern day western Iran, its capital was Susa. During the reign of Ashurbanipal Elam was the stage of many bloody battles waged by the Assyrians from the…

New: Greek and Spartan starter armies!

Since we purchased Immortal Miniatures we’ve been reorganising, re-releasing and adding to the Greek and Spartan ranges. With the bulk of these now available we can now bring you these…

New: Sarmatian Light Cavalry and horse archers!

Ever since we brought you our splendid Sarmatian Cataphracts we’ve been planning more Sarmatian cavalry to add to your Dacian armies. The waiting is now over as we can now…

New: More Spartans!

This week we return to the Sparta for commanders. This pack contains 3 Spartan officers to lead your hoplite regiments. armed with spear and shield, as are the rest of…

New: Thracian Peltasts!

Thrace was one of Macedonia’s traditional enemies, sitting as it did to the North of Macedon. As with many of Macedonia’s enemies they were conquered and their best troops duly…

New: Strategoi defending!

The title of Polemarch (roughly translated as ‘warlord’) became redundant around the time of the battle of Marathon. The duty of commanding an army was handed to the strategoi (literally…

Peltasts in Hail Caesar

‘To begin with the armament of the infantry is assigned to three types if we make the most basic distinction. These three types are on the basis of their equipment:…

New: Psiloi with Javelins!

The Lakedaimonians used Helot slaves at Thermopylae and Plataea, although we do not know how they were equipped to fight, we do know that they were dressed in the standard…

New: Mounted Achaemenid Armoured Persian commander!

Achaemenid Persia was one of the greatest empires in history, spanning from 520-400 BC. At it’s height it spanned most of the known world and controlled enormous wealth and manpower….

New: Achmaenid Persian Sparabara!

Our new Persian Sparabara models are available to add your army in a variety of ways – Command pack, Sparabara pack or Sparabara regiment. The command pack consists of a…

New: Achaemenid Persian Archers!

Persian archers carried a high capacity combined quiver and bow case, they were also usually equipped with a Kopis, Akinakes or Sagris sidearm. Persian arrows used vulture or falcon feathers,…

Painting Persian Sparabara

By Steve May We know from examining Greek vase paintings that Persian Sparabara wore highly decorated clothing. This was most likely made from leather or felt with embroidered pattern work….

New: Midianite Camel Riders!

For centuries the Arab tribes controlled the passages through Arabia. Deals were struck for safe passage and protection of supply lines and communication. This was vital during the Assyrians war…

New: Greek Light Cavalry!

More new Greek releases for you! Giving you the speed to react to your opponent, the troops to harry his flanks as well as protect your own these Greek Light…

New: Greek Commanders with swords!

Greek Commanders lead from the front, Whether they were the Kings of Sparta, The Boeotarchs of Boeotia or the Strategoi of other cities. All would be equally well equipped in…

New: Greek Peltasts!

The latest release for our Greek range are these lovely peltasts. Greek armies were not completely made up of hoplites and nor were Macedonians armies purely pike-armed – both made…

New: Hoplites in bell cuirass!

Wearing bronze cuirasses these hoplites will fit nicely with your plastic hoplites, providing even more variety as well as giving them a heavy infantry feel. The hoplite was the mainstay…

How to paint Hoplite Shields

By Stephen May Hoplite shields were either painted or covered in a thin sheet of bronze. These could then have an image painted onto its face (or embossed in bronze)….

New: Spartan King & Retinue!

Sparta had two kings, one stayed in Sparta and one lead the army in war. The king would command from the front where his heroic deeds could be celebrated, Leonidas…

New: Spartans in linen armour!

The term ‘Spartan’ should only be used to donate the hoplites from the principal city of Sparta; the hoplites employed from other territories on the Peloponnese were ‘Lakedaimonian’.  There is…

New: plastic Macedonian Phalangites!

One of the finest sights in wargaming are the serried ranks of pike that fill Macedonian armies (and those of several other armies in the period). Our eagerly-anticipated plastic phalangites…

New: plastic Classical Greek Phalanx!

Following on from the release of the Ancient Greek Hoplites and Spartans plastic boxed sets are these linen and bronze-armoured soldiers from the Classical period. The hoplite phalanx of the…

New: Greek Command!

Adding more presence and variety to the front line of your hoplite phalanx, these three Greek commanders will add steely discipline to your troops as they face down their enemies…

New: Greek and Spartan shield designs!

Producing undoubtedly the best shield design transfers on the market, Little Big Men Studios have turned their artistic talent towards producing several sets for our new plastic Greeks and Spartans…

New: Greek Strategoi!

New army commanders for your Greek army! The title of Polemarch (roughly translated as ‘warlord’) became redundant around the time of the battle of Marathon. The duty of commanding an…

New: Greek Slingers!

More new metal releases for our newly acquired Greek range – the ever popular Greek Slingers. Those too poor to fight as a hoplite would serve as lightly equipped infantry,…

New: Greek Psiloi!

Psiloi are light infantry skirmishers and as such will be a popular addition to Greek forces. The Lakedaimonians used Helot slaves at Thermopylae and Plataea, although we do not know…

New: Imperial Roman Sentries!

We first previewed these new sculpts a little while ago and ever since we’ve been inundated with questions about when they will be available to buy. Well, here they are!…

New: Cretan Archers!

This is the first re-release of the metal range we acquired when we bought Immortal Miniatures. Deployed mostly as mercenaries, the Cretan archer is an iconic element of most Greek…

New Thessalian Cavalry!

Thessaly’s wide plains make great horse country and as such it’s people made excellent horsemen. The Thessalians can be found in Greek armies and also that of the Persians during…

New: Greek Civilians!

Ideal for adding a little flavour to your battlefield or perhaps acting as part of your baggage train are these five Greek civilians in traditional garb. See the new models…

New: Hoplite Casualties!

As with any battleline the front rank of a hoplite unit wasn’t the safest of places to be! To represent this, and to give a great set of casualty markers…

Gallery: Praetorian!

One of our most popular Roman sets are the Praetorian Guard. We’ve now received painted versions of the cavalry so here they are in all their glory! Praetorian Cavalry Resplendent…

Preview: Germanics

Renowned sculptor, Steve Saleh, has been hard at work revamping our Germanic tribesmen range. Here’s a quick look at just some of Steve’s work… These are just a handful of…

Preview: Roman sentries

Fresh from Wojtek’s sculpting desk are these lovely sculpts. Depicting Roman soldiers on sentry duty they can be built to represent legionaries, auxiliaries or Praetorians. These troopers can represent many…

New: Imperial Roman battlelines

Following last week’s release of our new Imperial Roman Slingers (which also have options of making them regular legionaries with gladius/pilum) we’re now releasing them in battle lines of either…

New: Resin Objective markers

Freshly arrived from Forgecraft Games are these nifty resin objective markers. Difficult Terrain markers The difficult terrain markers provide an easy method to indicate a ruined vehicle on the battlefield….

New: Roman Carroballista!

The Ancients version of the self-propelled gun, the Carroballista saw the Roman army mount scorpion catapults in carts. The cart allowed the catapult to be rapidly redeployed or even for…

New: Dacian Army Deal!

With our Sarmatian Cataphracts about to be released it would be rude of us not let you pick up a large Dacian army wouldn’t it? Check this deal out and…

Preview: Sarmatian Cataphracts!

As we begin to refocus on our Dacian range there will be plenty of new additions ot the range. Foremost amongst these are these spectacular Sarmatian Cataphracts. To whet your…

Battlefield In A Box: Celtic Terrain

With our Plastic and metal Celts proving very popular (you’d think we just released a set of Ancients rules or something…)  it’s time we focusing on the oft-neglected part of…

New: Ancient British Warriors!

The many tribes of the Britons are here in this revamped plastic and metal boxed set. Now containing a massive 40 of the woad-covered, limed-haired savages with limed hair you…

Preview: Plastic Macedonian Phalangites!

The latest plastic set in our Hail Caesar ancients range kicks off an entirely new army for us – Macedonian Phalangites! Have a look at what’s in store… With separate…

Hail Caesar Playsheets!

Download the quick reference sheets for free! This download not only has the quick reference sheets but also troop listings to allow you to get your armies on the tabletop as…

Ancients Boxed Sets Revised!

With our soon-to-be-released Ancients rules, Hail Caesar on the way, we’ve taken the opportunity to revise and represent our Ancients boxed sets. The first three to receive this treatment can…

Preview: Roman Auxiliary Command

We’ll be revamping our plastic Roman Auxiliaries boxed set soon and adding in an all-new metal command group. Take a butcher’s at these beauties… Nice eh? They’d go real nice…

New: Hold The Line! Mounted Roman General And Warhound!

You loved our Unleash Hell! pack so much we’ve had a mounted version sculpted. Leading his cavalry as they charge the enemy flank and with his trusty warhound bounding alongside…

First Glance: Warlord Games Ancients Rules!

You knew it had to come after the runaway success of our Black Powder rules for the Horse & Musket period. Yes, we’re developing a set of rules to play…