Saturday, 28 December 2013

The Armies Muster SoW Review Pt2

Here is my second post in the Seasons of War review, in this post I will just explain very quickly the basic anatomy of the unit.
In SoW the unit stats aren't listed showing what various troop types need on a D6 stat line with Move,Shoot,Attack,Defence.Save, Leadership, Cost etc. 
In SoW you use various types of dice depending on the Troop type in the Unit, below is an example of a unit as shown in the Main Rule Book book army list section.Also all foot move 4" and all Mounted move 8". When attacking and defending in melee and shooting, results are worked out on higher against lower scores on the relevant dice type. In my opinion I think this will simplify army list writing and lessens any paper keeping during the game.

 Norman knights (Heavy Cav/Skilled)
 22pts per Base
Displine Type: D10
Morale Type: D8
Attack Type: D6
Amour Type: D8
Special equipment: Lances,Javelins
Strategic Actions: Feigned Flight

So using the above Info a 4 base unit of Norman Knights could be shown as this

1 x Unit-Hv-Sk Cav(4), D-D10,  M-D8, A-D6, A-D8.Lance/Jav-88pts

I hope all that makes some sense.Next up Battle Report and in game info 'Bloodshed Beyond the Walls of Acre. Here's a couple of photos showing the armies mustering:-

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Seasons of War Review & AAR. Pt1

Well here it begins, my review and AAR of Ian Hannam's 'Seasons of War' rules published by Red Wyvern Games. First off may I say I've never written a full review before so apologises now if I don't do the rules justice, don't just take my word for it go and buy a copy you will not  be disappointed:-).
 The main rule book is a really good looking thing ;-) and contains 81 pages of everything you need to game using 10mm armies (could also be used with 6mm and 15mm) in the 11th Century including army lists for Normans, Anglo Saxons,Vikings,Franks and Bretons. The book also contains 6 battle Scenarios and a campaign tree if you want to link your games.
 But here at Grand Scale Wargaming we are not using the armies from the book or the campaign tree...Why not!? I hear you say. Well I will tell you why not, because this is a AAR to show how the core game looks and plays(common sense really). Also, and here's the really good news Ian and the nice Chaps from Red Wyvern Games have now produced a 'Core Army List' booklet which allows you to game, Id say from Ancients up to Late Medieval and giving you all the options in troop types and special equipment options to tailor those troops historically. What!!? I hear you say from Ancients to Late medieval in 10mm!? oh yes:-)

The Armies I'm using will be Crusaders vs Saracens/Mamluks in a battle report I'm calling 'Bloodshed beyond the walls of Acre' to represent one of the sorties made by the Crusaders before Acre finally fell. I've used the Core army list booklet to put the army lists together. Games can be played on a gaming table form 2'x2' to 6'x4' in size, though the author says a 4' x 4'  table should be more than enough for most games. This battle will be fought on a 2' x 2' as a starting point.  As with all war games,  armies in SOW are made up of units and put together using unit points costs, In SOW each unit is made up of  20mm x 40mm stands very much like Warmaster but unlike WM you can include a varying number of stands per unit from 1 to 12 per unit depending on troop type.To finish off this first part of the Review I will leave you with the army lists, the number in brackets is the number of stands per unit. Ive kept armies basic and simple for this review.

2  Units Knights with Lances....(4)=192pts
1 Unit Crossbows....................(2)=24pts
2 Units Medium Inf/Spear.........(4)=80pts

1 Unit Faris with lance and Bow.........................(4)=116
1 Unit Light Cav with bow and Feigned Flight..(4)=64
2 Units Medium Inf/Spear.....................................(4)=80
1 Unit Archers......................................................(2)=24

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

£100 worth of 10mm FREE!!

If you've not already seen it here's the heads up on a deal you'd be daft to miss. Pendraken are running a contest over on their Forum to win £100 worth from their 10mm  ranges. All you've got to do is guess on what day the 100k post on that forum will be. 

Here's the links:-,8974.0.html

of course I think I've already got the correct time and date so you may not be bothered entering ;-)

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Links to click :-)

If you like your gaming 10mm style, here's a link to an AAR of a 10mm HYW Warmaster game that's well worth a look. It was posted  by Eric the Shed on his Shed Wars Blog:-

A while ago I was sent a set of rules by Ian over at Red Wyvern Games called Seasons of War,Days of the Conquer for 10mm dark age gaming (See previous post)
A few weeks ago they added a supplement with lists of troop types etc so the rules set can now be used for any period of history so here's another link that will be worth a click:-

Hopefully in the coming weeks I'm going to give these rules a game and post up a AAR with a this space:-)