(Image: Pyrrhus' campaign in southern Italy and Sicily)
Back in May, I managed to attend the last day of NHMGS (Northwest Historical Miniature Gaming Society) Enfilade 2010 Convention. I lucked out and snagged a spot for the Warhammer Ancient Battles (WAB) game my friends Adrian and Dean were running. Their scenario: The Battle of Heraclea, 280 B.C.
I took over 200 photos of our battle, which will be the subject of my next movie. While researching the background of this battle, I became fascinated by Pyrrhus' campaign in southern Italy, because I knew very little about it. So I decided to making a "prequel" would be a good way to show how and why Rome and Epirus (northwestern Greece) came to blows.
Wikipedia provided a general overview of the campaign:
To illustrate the course of the events, I used the game Rise of the Roman Republic, by GMT Games. (Pyrrhus' campaign is one of the scenarios).
The Road to Heraclea--The Movie:
WAB, produced by Games Workshop (GW), is a popular rules set among miniature wargamers. Jeff Jonas wrote a Heraclea scenario based on WAB, along with a short narrative of the historical battle, and posted it on his blog:
Richard Evers, another WAB enthusiast, used Jeff's scenario and played a game of his own. His battle report can be read on his website:
What was the outcome of our battle? Stay tuned to find out...