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Dark Ages Rule(s)!

Posted by Ochoin on 11 Dec 2020, 14:29

We gave my new home-groan Dark Ages rules their first trial tonight.

It was a simple battle between an invading Saxon force & a defending Romano-British army.

The layout (before troops were deployed):
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I wanted a terrain with as much forest as I had trees for & some period eye-candy.

Sadly, we got so engrossed in the game I forget to take photos. These all come from after it was all over: a bloody draw.

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The game was relatively quick (about 2+ hours) & the mechanisms worked surprisingly well. A few "tweaks" needed so another game in the New Year.

donald
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Posted by PaulRPetri on 11 Dec 2020, 15:31

Great stuff as usual Donald. I love that watch tower!!
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Posted by Chariobaude on 11 Dec 2020, 15:41

i love the cataphractarii and the watch tower !!
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Posted by Ochoin on 11 Dec 2020, 23:35

Thanks.

I know but it's all a bit a bit w-i-p. There's a unit of Thracians from Alexander's time (destroyed & removed so they're not in the later photos)that need to get replaced by some Newline Goths (as foederati), I'd like more woods but that's all the trees I currently have, and I'd like some Saxon-ish Longhouses in place of the possibly unlikely roundhouses.

Arguably, there are other issues - the Saxon cavalry......I'd argue they had them later but probably not in the invasion-period & the cataphractii. Now they are an indulgence & quite dubious. My inclusion of them comes from actual inscriptions that record Sarmatians (who did have cataphracts) amongst some garrison troop & the speculation that Arthur's Knights of the Round table might have originally been them. Tenuous I know.

This period won't get much bigger in terms of figures but I would (& will) sharpen up what I have.

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Posted by Harry Faversham on 12 Dec 2020, 04:38

I Like the look of that battlefield, must have been an eventful tussle to make you forget the piccys!
What rules were they please, if you don't mind me asking? At the moment me and Herself are getting to grips with a set called 'Ravenfeast'.

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Posted by Ochoin on 12 Dec 2020, 14:06

Long story that started with the SAGA skirmish rules, several years ago. As you know, about 20 figs a side creates a Saga game.

Needless to say, I soon had 100+ L. Romans & more Saxons. So I decided to write my own Dark Age Battle rules.

Bit of borrowing from 2-3 existing sets & a bit of my own input. I'm happy with the result.

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Posted by Ochoin on 08 Jan 2021, 01:44

I've added a Foederati unit of Goths to replace the stop-gap unit of Alexander's Thracians used in the above game:

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The L. Romans will get another battle in about a fortnight.

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