David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occasional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Pompus Maximus did not perish!

Phil and I decided to revisit our adaptation of Neil Thomas's Ancient and Medieval rules for this Monday's  game here in GHQ. Readers with a good memory might recall that Pompus perished apparently in our last outing earlier this year. Thinking over possible directions we might take the story I decided that rumour had been responsible for the reports of his death; he was rather carried from the field wounded. Reports have finally reached the usurper Baldinus indicating that Pompus has been recuperating in a remote villa estate. Speedily Baldinus musters his forces and marches toward the location. Warned of Baldinus's approach, Pompus musters what forces he has available in the area. He will win if he prevents Baldinus from routing his smaller force, while Baldinus must destroy Pompus's army utterly. A draw is simply a victory for Pompus and strengthens his weakened grip on the Imperial throne...
The army of Pompus Maximus drawn up for battle.

Artillery readies its destructive load!

Hun cavalry surges forward into the attack for Baldinus.

Baldinus's infantry are strangely slow to move into battle.

Baldinus's cavalry move forward to support the sluggish infantry.

Heavy and Light Archer units support the thin center of Pompus's army.

Pompus's army steadies itself for the final assault!

On the right of his battle line, Pompus's cavalry prepare to drive of the enemy.

In a desperate throw, the infantry commander joins the melee...

...he fails to add much value and is captured for his troubles!

The battle is nearing its climax. Baldinus's forces have failed to break Pompus's
hold on the Imperial throne.

The remnants of Baldinus's infantry sell their lives dearly, but to no effect!
So, Pompus Maximus retains his hold on the Imperial throne, despite the usurper Baldinus's efforts. No doubt we shall revisit the ongoing saga at some point towards the end of the year. But in the meantime I have to concentrate on other areas here in GHQ.


  1. Great fight! Thanks for the report 8)

    1. Thanks for popping by! Nice to know folk enjoy the reports.

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    1. Thanks Phil! Like me they are getting on a bit now.

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    1. If you meant that, I thank you on his behalf.

  4. That's a cracking looking game David!


  5. No elevation to the Purple for Baldinus yet then.

  6. Great looking game, lovely figures! Still prepping mine for this period, maybe next year!
    Best Iain

    1. Enthusiastic encouragement always welcome Iain, thank you! Best of luck when yours hit the front of the painting queue!

  7. Splendid looking game David ...good old Pompus 🤭