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I'm Dave and live in Morpeth, Northumberland in the UK.
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I am a painter/collector of figures first and a wargamer second. My thrill in this great hobby of ours is to place that final well researched & painted unit into the cabinet. The actual gaming with the figures is an important but secondary experience, we all like to win, but it isn't the be all and end all of it, being with good friends and having fun is.
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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Late Roman Vs Visigoth, 'To the Strongest'.

The title gives it away. Neal and I revisited our fave ancients ruleset 'To the Strongest' Here for a first outing of my recently re-based Late Roman/Visigothic armies.
The game itself was it's usual close run thing which, as the armies were of equal points proves that either the points system in the rules works well, or that Neal and I are such crappy generals that we fight each other to a pathetic stand still! I think it's the latter but I'm sure Simon Miller (who wrote the rules) will think the opposite.
As said both sides had the same points and set up as below, Romans (Neal) on the left, Visigoths (muggins) on the right:

Both sets of cavalry on either flank pushed on towards their opponents with the infantry in the centre following more slowly:

These guys are Roman deserters fighting for the Visigoths and as can be seen are about to get their comeuppance being charged by infantry to the front and light cavalry on their flank (lights can only charge flank and/or rear of formed troops):

Both sets of infantry proceded to close and throw everything including the kitchen sink at each other before getting stuck in with the sword and spear.

The Visigothic right wing at this point, why I pushed that warband as far forward as that I don't know, they got well stuffed!

Now the Visigoth guy in the red jacket in the next picture almost saved the day for my battered left flank, his cavalry unit on it's own held off Neal's victorious Romans for at least three turns. It was at this point that Neal started swearing, something that this set of rules does to us (in a good way I hasten to add). Just when you are about to crush the opposition a well dodgy card comes up and the floofing and doofing begins - it is great fun!

For all his bravery the end result was still this:

The game was in doubt for a good few turns but in the end Neal's tactical genious (jammy bugger) pulled through.

Here's Neal firing bolts at me as I retreat:

And here's me tak'n wor lass oot for a drink after the battle!



  1. Sounds like the usual close and fun To the Strongest game. Love the figs and glad to see the Romans win as I'm a Roman fan. Our group does Caesarian Romans v.s. Gallic/German barbarians.

    Oh and loved that last pic and description. :)

  2. Great looking game Dave. Looking forward to trying these rules out

  3. Impressive sight of figures/units and gaming/photos - marvelous!


  4. Wonderful looking game Dave - love the figures and very much looking forward to playing much more of TTS myself.

  5. Thanks chaps, great game, great rules.

  6. Great looking game, Dave! I do know what you mean about the swearing, there's lots of that in TtS! :-)

    1. Thanks Simon, swearing - my face went red and I'm a prison officer!

  7. Wonderful looking armies, and this last vignette is outstanding!