Sunday, 4 December 2016

Skirmish Wargames Group at the London Toy Soldier Show

I managed to miss the June show and would have missed yesterday's event had it not been for a last minute text from an old pal (so thanks for the heads up Keith).  Suddenly it's December and I don't know where the rest of the year has gone....too much work, not enough toy soldiers, that's where it went!

I digress, back to the show and I was delighted to see that the Skirmish Wargames Group had made a reappearance after several years of absence, they returned with a game based on the Spartacus Slave Revolt in Rome, and here it is:

Overview of the table, groups of rebels mill about rioting while a body of Gladiators square up to the black shield wall of the 9th Legion (Thomas Gunn figures).



View of the revolt from across the river.

Roman troops close in on the rioters.

The escapees from the Circus stand their ground.

Stand off with the Legionnaires....

........as the net tightens.....

.....the slaves have nothing to lose and throw themselves at the shield wall.

Once again the Skirmish Wargames Group showed us great figures and great scenery, I think the rules they were using were "Hail Ceasar" written by Rick Priestley and available to download from Warlord Games.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Group's return to the London Show will become a regular feature once more as I always find their demonstrations inspiring.

More gratuitous pics of toy soldiers from the show to follow as time allows.  A great show followed by convivial company and a few pints in a proper old London boozer, when I returned home the latest issue of Plastic Warrior magazine was waiting on the mat for me (see link on the left).  
My Christmas has started.

10 comments:

  1. They are an inspiring/intimidating lot. Thanks for the pics, looking forward to more.

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    1. Certainly inspiring, you never know what scenario they're going to pull out of the bag.

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  2. Glad you had an enjoyable day. Great pictures and I am intrigued by the rules. I look forward to seeing more of the show.
    Alan

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    1. It's always good to catch up with old friends at these shows, I believe the About Caesar rules were written specifically for individually based 54mm figures.

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  3. Lovely but I couldn't help notice the 'attack lion'. Was there a special rule for this pet? Cool!

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    1. Yes I queried the attack lion too, I think there was a certain amount of artistic licence at play here!

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  4. Saw this post coincidentally. Great to see others using About Caesar. The 54 mm battles we do also appear as a link on this blog (PMCD Mobilisatie) Thanks for that Brian.

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  5. You're welcome Dirk, it's great to see more people using 54mm.

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  6. Actually the rules we used are 'Hail Caesar', sorry! They are published by Warlord Games, and work well for 54mm. http://www.warlordgames.com/hail-caesar-downloads/

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    1. Thanks for putting the record straight there Mike, I must have had a grey moment, post updated with the new info.

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