The Ancient World covers everything from Ancient Greece through the Late Roman period, around the 6th Century AD. We have Greeks vs Persians, Romans of all periods, Carthaginians, Gauls, Spanish, and more for your ancient miniatures wargaming enjoyment!
The Dark Ages period (or Early Middle Ages) is the early medieval period of western European history, usually specified as the time (476–800 AD) when there was no Roman (or Holy Roman) emperor in the West or, more generally, the period between about 500 AD and 1016 AD, which was marked by frequent warfare and a virtual disappearance of urban life.
The Medieval Period, also referred to as the Middle Ages, typically is viewed as beginning in 500 AD, the Early Medieval Period, or 1000 AD, the High Medieval Period and lasting until the Renaissance of Europe, typically recognized as the 16th Century AD.
From being a collection of constantly warring tribes on the north-western border of China, in little more than a century the Mongols managed to conquer most of the Asian landmass, holding sway from Korea through China, including Georgia, Iraq, Iran, Syria and a large area of present day Russia. At one stage they even campaigned in Hungary and Poland in preparation for an invasion! Using a combination of lightly protected mounted archers supported by more heavily armored - lance armed cavalry, they swept away all opposing armies through iron discipline and tactical flexibility, an extremely rare combination in the Medieval period.
During the Sengoku Period, Japan was divided into numerous feuding provinces, each ruled over by warlords or daimyo. Nominal fealty was owed to the emperor but, in practice the daimyo ruled their provinces as they saw fit and conflict between rival warlords was common. Early in the sixteenth century, the fundamentalist Buddhist uprising was able to overthrow their samurai masters in some parts of the country but by the middle of the sixteenth century the movement was on the wane. The wars of this period saw rapid changes in arms and tactics and, although the samurai remained the ultimate warrior, weapons such as the naginata were steadily replaced by the yari and firearms change the course of the Samurai.
The Colonial period saw the British Empire fighting enemies as diverse as the Afghans and the tribal raiders of the Northern Frontier to dangers and revolts in the African continent all while being forced to play "The Great Game" with Russia.