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Offline bluewillow

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2022, 08:04:43 AM »
Good looking project
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Offline sgzleada71

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2022, 03:25:49 AM »
Great project.  Can I ask, where do you get those metal discs you base on ?   Looks like they're not washers,  ie  no hole in middle , right ? 

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2022, 07:53:33 AM »
On the subject of Elephants I'm pretty sure the few Elephants that appeared in the Persian army at the battle of Gaugamela were Indian subjects of Darius and should look just like classic Indians elephants of the period.

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2022, 03:37:24 PM »
Great project.  Can I ask, where do you get those metal discs you base on ?   Looks like they're not washers,  ie  no hole in middle , right ?

Greetings.  They actually are just washers.  However, the puddle bases on Victrix/Wargames Atlantic cover the hole in the center pretty well.   
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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2022, 10:12:48 PM »
Greetings.  They actually are just washers.  However, the puddle bases on Victrix/Wargames Atlantic cover the hole in the center pretty well.

Oh. Right.  That's what I do too.  :)

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2022, 04:24:08 PM »
It also gives these plastic guys a bit of heft, and I can creatively magnetize them for transport if needed!

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2022, 05:15:55 PM »
Progress continues on the Persians for the Ionian Revolt.

Before Men of Bronze was released, I wrote up an article and campaign to play the Ionian Revolt for Wargames, Soldiers, and Sailors.  However, due to a lack of a Persian army for photographing, the article was not published.  Instead, I did a piece on the Battle of Delium instead.  However, I still had my notes and what I wrote for the Ionian Revolt. 

It was these notes and this article that would form the basis of the Ionian Revolt supplement.  In addition, the Ionian Revolt seemed like an ideal venue to take a closer look at the Persian Empire lines-of-battle, and revisit some of their non-Greek foes as well. 

However, in order for any of that to happen I needed to get over one big hurdle.  I needed a Persian Army! This had thwarted my initial article and at the time, there were not any great plastic models available.  However, time moves on and now we have not 1 but 2 ranges of plastic Persians to choose from!   

All the infantry is completed, with finishing the archers. 



You can see all the details on the Blood and Spectacles blog:
http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2022/12/on-painting-desk-our-arrows-will-blot.html

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2022, 01:04:12 AM »
Your force is coming along nicely.
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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2022, 10:19:13 PM »
I am working on the last Heavy Cavalry folks now, and I think I will get them all done by the end of the year and then this army will be done! I finished two units of 10 light cavalry, and will have photos soon I hope. Then, army shots all around!   



Regarding adding War Elephants, I think I have enough leftover Victrix heads, that I could easily swap them in on different models to make the crews look "Persian".   

However, I am less confident that I could do something to make Scythed Chariots.  I would really love a few of those for this army.

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2022, 08:55:17 AM »
On the subject of Elephants I'm pretty sure the few Elephants that appeared in the Persian army at the battle of Gaugamela were Indian subjects of Darius and should look just like classic Indians elephants of the period.

That was my understanding. To make them more specific to the army it might be simpler to provide Indian vassals with some Persian elephant escorts. (Pragmatic rules allow some if the bases of elephants in a unit  to be substituted by infantry escorts...)

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #25 on: December 10, 2022, 05:51:59 PM »
See this project is progressing nicely look forward to reading your inevitable coming game reports with these. Do keep 'em coming...

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #26 on: December 13, 2022, 03:37:26 PM »
I had a lot of rules writing goals for 2022.  I had several projects that were close to completion and in post-production as 2022 dawned.  These were all intended to eventually find a home on the Blood and Spectacles Wargames Vault page.  One of the projects I was especially excited for was a supplement for Men of Bronze set during the Ionian Revolt.  When the book initially came out, I wrote an article on the Ionian Revolt for Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy.  However, it never made publication as they lacked a Persian army for photos.  I had run into the same problem myself!  Thankfully, now a few manufacturers make them in plastic, so creating a Persian army is much easier now and I was able to revive my work on this topic for a supplement of my own!   



So, what makes this supplement different from the last one?  The previous one, Hercules Abroad focused on new Lines of Battle and scenarios with these forces to round out the Mediterranean Basin with the foes of the Greeks.  This supplement has a very different focus and goals.

The first goal was create a multi-game simple campaign focusing on the activity in the Ionian Revolt.  Therefore, there are 5 campaign historical scenarios, and there are also three additional scenarios that focus on some of the interesting aspects of the campaign beyond the field battles; naval warfare and sieges!  In addition, I created rules for Solo-play that can be used in the Ionian Revolt or anywhere else you wish. 

You can read all the designer's notes on the blog here:
http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2022/12/wargame-design-ionian-revolt.html

Then, you can also find the supplement on the Wargame Vault here:
https://www.wargamevault.com/product/411101/The-Ionian-Revolt--Men-of-Bronze-Supplement

So, in addition to putting together a new Persian army this year, I also put together a supplement and campaign to go with them! 

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2022, 06:17:09 PM »
Your welcome to borrow my Persian army for photos?
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Offline Easy E

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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #28 on: December 19, 2022, 04:01:57 PM »
Sadly, it is too late now!  I have my own army, and only 3-4 years too late!  lol lol lol

Thank you for the offer though.


With that said, I finished off the last of the Persian army that I have available, the cavalry. 



I actually have two units of light cavalry and 1 unit of heavy cavalry.  You can see it all on the blog, and some "in action" shots.

http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2022/12/on-painting-desk-send-in-cavalry.html

Thanks for following along.  I got it done jus tin time for 2023, so hopefully next year we can see a few battle reports using the army!  I will also keep my eyes open for a decent Persian chariot or three. 


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Re: Persians for the Ionian Revolt
« Reply #29 on: December 27, 2022, 03:16:12 PM »
The big US Blizzard and travel have made it hard to get a full army picture, so you will have to make do with an old one from the blog while I try to sort out a end of year Persian army picture.....


 

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