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 Crusades were a series of military campaigns during the Middle Ages which formed as a response primarily to Moslem expansion into the Byzantine Empire and the European continent. The First Crusade occurred between 1095-1099 AD and The Ninth Crusade occurred between 1271–1272 AD. The four Crusader States formed as a result of the First Crusade which also resulted in the forming of the most prominent of the military orders - the Knights Templar, the Knights Hospitaller and the Teutonic Knights.
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.
Gaming in Far East Asia shouldn't be complicated, and these figures from Pendraken make it easy as they are suitable for almost any army between 1206 and 1634 in the region.
The Renaissance was a transitional period between the Middle Ages and the modern era, beginning with the Italian Wars towards the end of the 15th century and expanding through Europe into the 16th and 17th centuries. Timescales differ but for these figures we're viewing it as 1485 to 1651. Conflicts in this period include everything from the Battle of Flodden, through to the Thirty Years War, and wrapping up at the end of the English Civil War. Further east, the Polish were fighting the Ottoman Turk empire.
The 18th Century saw huge conflicts in the western world, starting with the Great Northern War at the turn of the century, through the first 'World War' of the Seven Years War, right through to the American Revolution. These conflicts had a dramatic impact by redefining almost every European border and introducing the United States to the world in the last quarter of the century. The turmoil wasn't to end soon however, as revolutions in Europe brought the century to a close and sending us straight into the Napoleonic period.
The Napoleonic period saw the might of an old power rise under the leadership of a young brigadier general who went on to become one of the most iconic military and political figures of Europe - Napoleon Bonaparte. The turmoil that was about to begin at the end of the 18th Century began as a revolution in France which brought the century to a close with the start of a series of conflicts that would ultimately become known as the Napoleonic Wars.
After a brief respite at the end of the Napoleonic period, it wasn't long before conflict hit the western world again, with major wars on both sides of the Atlantic. In Europe, ill-feelings from previous conquests and treaties led to renewed aggression on several fronts, while a divided USA fought against both itself and the native American people. Each of these conflicts drastically changed the landscape of power and influence in a world largely dominated by European colonialism and their collective impact shaped our world forever.
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 on the African continent all while being forced to play "The Great Game" with Russia.
World War I (also known as the Great War) was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. The war drew in all the world's great powers assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies (Russia, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and the United States) versus the Central Powers (German, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria). WWI was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, and paved the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved and to the Second World War twenty-one years later.