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

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for a first glanze of the rules, made me interested!