Ancients volume 1

CRIMSON & BRONZE
First-time contributors to Wargames Illustrated, Ben Johns (an avid student of history) and Tim Toolen (an enthusiastic modeler and painter) present their thoughts about the warriors at the heart of the most enduring ‘Last Stand’ myth – the 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae.

THE BATTLE OF PLATEA, 479BC
Rob Broom of Scarab Miniatures reports on a recent Society of Ancients ‘Battle Day’, in which fifty-plus gamers used twelve different rule sets to play out the same battle – Plataea 479BC – “The most glorious victory ever seen”.

THE SUCCESSORS
What were the wars of Alexandrian Succession all about, and what ammunition do they offer the gamer?

WHAT IS CLASH OF EMPIRES?
The authour of Clash of Empires; Stuart McCorquodale takes us through the develpment of his new rules published by Great Escape Games.

THE RISE AND FALL OF PERSIA
We wanted to give the new Clash of Empires supplement; The Rise and Fall of Persia a run out, so we invited CoE author Stuart McCorquodale and CoE fan Tim Haslam down to the studio for a Greeks versus Persians battle. Read the report here.

DESIGNER’S NOTES: WAR & CONQUEST
War & Conquest has finally hit the shelves and wargamers are now arranging their battle lines and preparing for fierce combat in the pre-Renaissance world. We felt it would be a good idea to catch up with author Rob Broom.

HISTORY’S GREATEST WAR?
Setting the scene for this month’s Greek on Greek theme, Neil Smith and Martin Gibbins provide us with a brief introduction to The Peloponnesian War and describe what it has to offer the wargamer.

THE BATTLE OF RHIUM, 429BC
When the Athenians and Spartans weren’t knocking seven shades out of each other on land, they took to the seas for more of the same! In this theme article we examine the naval Battle of Rhium and report on the re-fight which used the Fleet of Battle rules.

AMBUSH AT AMPHIPOLIS, 422BC
We move our Peloponnesian War theme to the gates of the mighty city of Amphipolis, where the Athenians are about to be pounced on by the Spartans and their allies. We follow up the background and a scenario for the battle with a battle report in which Rick Priestley tries out the forthcoming War and Conquest ancient rules and reports on how they played out.

THE END OF EMPIRES?
We conclude this month’s theme content with a wrap up of how the Peloponnesian War ended.

THE BATTLE OF SYRACUSE, 415BC
Following on from last month’s Peloponnesian War theme we return to Greece and present a sceanrio for re-fighting one of the great actions of the war.