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Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP23 May 2016 3:18 p.m. PST

Here are some shots of Dr. Phil Hendry's super Middle Imperial Roman and Sassanid collections in a game we played on Saturday at Partizan.

Circesium is based on a fictitious battle in Harry Sidebottom's second Ballista novel. We had Harry along to ensure fair play!




Phil built the city wall, too. We were able to fight the battle twice; one Roman victory, one score draw.

There's more on t'blog, including pics of some of the protagonists and a few of the other Partizan games.


Best, Simon

LEGION 195023 May 2016 4:02 p.m. PST

Simon, great game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers Mike Adams

princeman23 May 2016 6:39 p.m. PST

Really impressive. Simple but impressive terrain and wonderful figures. Bravo!!

clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2016 9:09 p.m. PST

Very nice game.
Phil did great on terrain and figs.

I have played your rules a few times now.
Very good game.

rct7500123 May 2016 10:56 p.m. PST

Looked spectacular in the flesh. Phil's figures are alive with his painting. Also great to meet the Aventine guys (and collect a small ! Package)

Volleyfire24 May 2016 12:03 a.m. PST

To The Strongest games never fail to impress me, always very spectacular and some fantastic painting on display.This was up there with all the others.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP24 May 2016 12:03 a.m. PST

Thanks all! The game looked great; everything minuature and base was completed to the same high standard. It was super to have the Aventine chaps along, too. They were kind enough to design a lovely give-away Ballista mini, of which more anon!

Cheers, Simon

Craig Ambler24 May 2016 4:33 a.m. PST

Great terrain and figures there. I especially appreciate the feeling of space shown.

Thanks for sharing

mollinary24 May 2016 7:51 a.m. PST

Lovely figures, an absolute joy to play with. Cataphracts, camels, elephants, legionaries with clubs, what a feast! And my legionaries got to eat elephant steaks for supper. Many thanks to all involved in laying it on.


Captain Cook24 May 2016 10:41 a.m. PST

@ Mollinary, OK don't rub it in ;-)

Indeed a real privilege to be able to take part in such a splendid spectacle, and yes I did get a copy of the rules :-)

mollinary24 May 2016 12:32 p.m. PST


Apologies for celebrating one of my rare successes! It was a pleasure meeting you, and seeing how all sorts of things I wasn't used to (elephants, camels, cataphracts) worked (or didn't) in TtS. I hope you enjoyed the system, I never cease to be amazed as to how quickly and smoothly it plays, even with inexperienced players like me!

It also felt very odd playing a two front game, with someone on my flank before we even started. I must confess, after my first two draws of the Ace of Hearts, I was never confident, but that pre game human sacrifice obviously paid off in the end!


Bindon Blood24 May 2016 12:59 p.m. PST

Lovely looking game, but I much prefer AD to CE….

Mithridates24 May 2016 3:13 p.m. PST

Great looking game Simon, good to see the author was there to give encouragement to Rome. The skirmishing bases look the part, handy to see how they appear in 'real life' as mine are still in the pile.


colin knight25 May 2016 1:43 a.m. PST

Fantastic looking battle. Love the colourful figures against desert background. Lovely painted figures.
Must get out of the garden and get back to painting :)

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP25 May 2016 1:51 a.m. PST

Thanks chaps- Phil's collection is lovely. I really liked the unusual light cavalry and infantry sabot bases.

Captain Cook25 May 2016 6:36 a.m. PST

Mollinary said, "I hope you enjoyed the system"

Certainly did, reading through the rules since Sunday evening. Have to say they are one of if not, the, most clearly written rule set I have owned.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP25 May 2016 7:56 a.m. PST

My golly, Capn, thanks for that! :-) I'm in the very early stages of producing a fantasy version based on the same engine which I hope will be even clearer.

Snowcat31 May 2016 6:01 a.m. PST

Absolutely stunning!

Thanks for showing. Have to agree re the basing used – really makes a difference.


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