November 21st, 2016
Warlord Games has made available War Elephants for Hail Caesar, the historical miniatures game
The armies of Alexander the Great encountered elephants in the armies of their enemies – the Persians and Indians. The Macedonian King was sufficiently impressed by these exotic beasts to raise an elephant corps for his own army. After Alexander’s death the Successors, who divided his sprawling empire amongst them, continued to make great use of elephants in battle. Indeed, the Seleucids, the Macedonian rulers of Syria and much of the old Persian Empire, succeeded in defeating an invading army of Galatians by the cunning use of elephants to sow panic among the enemy horsemen, resulting in a whole-scale rout! This famous battle is known as The Elephant Victory and it took place in Asia Minor – modern Turkey.
The Egyptian Successors to Alexander were the Ptolemies, who also maintained a large herd of elephants, and because their chief foes were the Seleucids to the north the two often clashed. In these battles over the lands between Syria and Egypt, elephant often fought against elephant. Over time, it became harder to obtain new elephants, so their numbers dwindled, but no matter how few they were always a much feared and respected part of the armies of the Successors.
Expand your herd with this set of two magnificent beasts.
October 5th, 2016
With the Age of Caesar supplement for Hail Caesar, you are invited to come, see and conquer for yourself in a series of new scenarios representing key battles in the career of Julius Caesar.
Warlord Games take a detailed look at the armies of Rome and her enemies, and consider the lives of some of the greatest Roman commanders of them all, together with suitable rules to represent them on the tabletop.
Gaius Julius Caesar was surely the most famous Roman of all time – conqueror, statesman and founder of an empire that would shape the destiny of the world. What’s more, we know just how great a commander he was because he took the trouble to write and tell us so, recording his heroic exploits in all their gloriously impressive detail.
Join the mighty Caesar at the beginning of his glittering career of conquest and refight one of his most famous battles against those heinous enemies of civilisation, the dreaded Germans led by none other than that ambitious fiend Ariovistus of the Suebi. March with Caesar’s legions into the land of implacable savages as our hero subjugates the barbarous Gauls and confronts that most dangerous of moustachioed monstrosities the treacherous chieftain of the Arverni tribe, Vercingetorix. Cross the Rubicon and cast your own dice as Caesar pursues his rival Romans across continents in the Roman Civil War, facing his most deadly challenge yet in the form of famed conqueror of the East, Pompey the Great. Fight by Caesar’s side as he wages war for mastery of the Roman World upon battlefields soaked in Roman blood.
Regretfully we cannot tarry, as did Caesar, in the arms of Egypt’s beautiful Queen Cleopatra, but we can join him for the concluding battles of the Civil War in Africa, where we shall at last confront Caesar’s relentless opponents together with the armies of that inveterate enemy of Rome, King Juba of Numidia.
December 10th, 2014
Warlord Games expands their Hail Caesar line with the release of a pair of Greek generals: Demosthenes and Theagenes.
Demosthenes, son of Alcisthenes, was an Athenian general during the Peloponnesian War. He led the attempted Athenian invasion of Aetolia, before seeing-off the Spartan forces under the command of Eurylochus at Olpae – a formidable leader.
In 413 BC, Demosthenes accompanied Eurymedon, and a fleet of 73 ships and 5,000 Hoplites to Syracus, in Sicily – where they launched a bold night attack on the Syracusan forces – they had initial success, but the attack later fell into disarray – with the Athenians eventually being routed by the Spartans.
Theagenes was most famed for his act of slaughtering great flocks of rich folk. This is widely believed to have been a method of gaining the confidence and trust of his people – who distrusted the rich. He put great droves of his own people to death, in order to feed their hostility to one another – and gain the support of the more numerous poor.
January 27th, 2014
Warlord Games release the first of many 28mm Bronze Age miniatures packs from their partnership with Cutting Edge Miniatures.
The first two armies are the Sumerians and the Akkadians. These figures are appropriate as the main battle-line spearmen of the Akkadian and Neo-Sumerian Successor State armies at the end of the Early Bronze Age. They can also be used in Early Elamite and Early Highlander armies as household troops or mercenaries. It is possible that the front rank spearmen did not carry a spear, but rather carried only an axe and large body shield to protect the rear ranks of the phalanx. This is dependant on how the earlier Sumerian Stele of Vultures is interpreted. Akkadian practice is taken to follow this precedent, as there is no pictorial evidence of Akkadians using shields. However, as some wargames rules only provide for 2 actual ranks of spearmen to represent the body of spearmen, the visual impact of a phalanx of thrusting spears would be lost if only the rear rank had a spear. Hence, these figures have the front rank with a shield and a spear and the rear ranks with a spear only.
In later Akkadian armies it appears that such troops also operated independently in situations where it would be cumbersome to carry a large body shield. Such shieldless Spearmen are depicted in the Victory Stele of Naram-Sin attacking Lullubi Highlanders in wooded mountainous terrain.
Following on from earlier Sumerian practice it is possible therefore that the weight of the shield was taken by a strap attached to the shield and which hung over the shoulder. Indeed there is possible evidence of large wicker shields from an Akkadian stela from Nasriyah, and which show shoulder straps. It seems logical that shields would start to become smaller before the eventual adoption of the Amorite shield at the beginning of the Middle Bronze Age.
The Early Bronze Age Command models are suitable as Foot command for any army of Early Bronze Age Mesopotamia, including those of Sumerian, Early Syrian, Elamite, Early Akkadian and Early Highlander armies. Figures can be used for characters such as Sargon the Great of Akkad, Meskalamdug of Ur, Eannatum of Lagash, Lugal-zage-si of Uruk; a King of Mari, (Early Syrian), or Kish and Chief Annubanini of the Lullubi, (Early Highlander).
January 27th, 2014
Warlord Games have more new miniatures from the Cutting Edge Bronze Age range. Following on from the miniatures released for the Sumerian and Akkadian armies last week, the next release for the new Early/Middle Bronze Age range widens your range of troop options with slingers, axemen and archers.
These slingers can be fielded as levies in regular armies or in nomadic armies, of the Early, Middle and Late Bronze Age. The group have a sling and dagger and are dressed in either knee-length kilt, tunic or long robe. Such simply dressed slingers can also suitably be used in almost any army into the Iron Age.
The Early Household Axemen are Bodyguard Axemen of the Early Bronze Age. They can be used in Sumerian, early Akkadian, early Syrian and early Elamite City-State armies. They can be suitably mixed in with Early Highlander Axemen as an Early Highlander General’s Bodyguard.
The figures can be suitably used as Hattian Axemen or even those of the city-states of the Arabian seaboard, such as Makkan, in the Early Bronze Age.
Early Household Archers are the Household Guard or Regular City Militia bowmen of the Early Bronze Age City-States of Sumer, Syria and Elam.
December 5th, 2013
Send your Thracians into battle to hack apart the enemy of Macedonia with their lethal rhomphaia blades now released from Warlord Games for their Hail Caesar miniatures game.
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 pressed into Macedonian service. Rhomphaia were long, straight or slightly curved blades, wielded as both a thrusting and slashing weapon.
September 4th, 2013
Warlord Games have released these fantastic Parthian Horse Archers, skirmishing archers who can literally run rings around the enemy! One of the many enemies of the Roman empire, the Parthians were a thorn in the side of the Romans for some time.
These warriors were exceptionally skilled riders – using both hands for their bows, they directed their mounts, without the aid of stirrups, using the pressure of their feet alone. They also perfected the tactic of retreating, or feigning retreat, while turning in the saddle to fire back at their pursuing enemies, an ability that became known as a Parthian Shot.
The Parthian’s greatest victory was at the Battle Carrhae in 53BC, when the Roman General Crassus invaded the Persian Empire. The skirmishing horse archers outflanked the less mobile Romans, keeping up a hail of arrows while staying out of reach of close combat with the heavy infantry. Despite having far greater numbers, the battle became one of Rome’s worst defeats, and a catalyst for the fall of the Roman Republic.
May 20th, 2013
Warlord Games are adding more leadership to your Caesarian Roman army with two new character models; Pullo and Vorenus.
Pullo and Vorenus are two names that many of you will be familiar with from the television series Rome. In the series, the two main characters are Centurion Lucius Vorenus and Legionary Titus Pullo. What you may not know is that the two characters were, in reality, two Roman centurions of the 11th Legion (Legio XI Claudia) mentioned in the writings of Julius Caesar; they appear in Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Gallico.
Fierce rivals for promotion to primus pilus both distinguished themselves in 54 BC when in an effort to outdo Vorenus, Pullo charged out of the fortified camp and attacked the enemy, but was soon wounded and surrounded. Vorenus followed engaging his attackers, killing one and driving the rest back, but when he too lost his footing he was himself soon surrounded. Pullo in turn rescued Vorenus, and after killing several of the enemy, the pair returned to camp amid rapturous applause from their legion.
We have chosen to be inspired by the TV characters so have Vorenus in his horsehair plumed helmet and Pullo in legionary armour. Because we know you love the two Roman soldiers we’ve also provided bare heads for each so you can choose how to represent them on the field of battle