Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Back To Medieval Wargaming - Follow Up

After last month's post I'm pleased to say that I have managed to play six medieval games.  The games used armies built from the medieval Field of Glory (FOGAM) lists but used the renaissance (FOGR) points and rules.  For those interested in more detail there's a somewhat dated comparison of the two rules sets on the Slitherine forum.

So far I have fielded a Timurid army (complete with elephants), a Later Polish army (two variants with knights and mixed battle groups), a Mongol Invasion army and an Ilkhanid Mongol army with Armenian allies.

Timurid Elephants - Figures from Donnington

Links to the lists are given at the end. My opponents have been variants of the early and late Russian lists.

Early on we decided to resist the urge  to change any of the rules and I think this was the right decision.  All games played roughly as we expected and were without major rules incident.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Back To Medieval Wargaming

I haven't used my many medieval armies for over three years; ever since I started playing Field of Glory Renaissance (FOGR).  I used to enjoy playing Field of Glory: Ancient and Medieval (FOGAM) but after Slitherine's  complete and utter botching of the launch of version 2 I stopped.  From what I can gather I appear not to be the only one.

About three months ago I began to feel the urge to play something other than FOGR and began looking around to see what was possible.  I've been following the development of the nascent UK Art de La Guerre scene with some interest and have even started painting some troops for Flames of War but these are longer term projects.  I wanted something more immediate.

The solution turned out to be simple: use FOGAM lists with FOGR rules and points.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Miniature Wargames Review Article Now Available

I've added a link to my latest Miniature Wargames review article to the articles page. It's a review of the latest book in the Osprey Warrior series about the medieval Mamluk 'Askari:
"I was pleased to receive a copy of this book to review. I am in the middle of building a 15 mm Islamic Persian army and have found the arms and armour of the region in the late medieval period both entrancing and confusing in equal measure so a new book was most welcome.

This slim volume is the latest from both Osprey and David Nicolle in the standard Warrior format. The book contains nine short sections including all those you would expect from the format such as introduction; recruitment; and appearance and equipment etc. The text is well supported by a handy, and much needed, glossary and an index."

Review of Mamluk 'Askari 1250-1517 by David Nicolle, Miniature Wargames, 387, 62.
Comments always welcome.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Book Links

As of today this site no longer contains any links to Amazon.  I have just spent the last 60 minutes removing all the links I could find.  I hope they've all gone now.  Let me know if you find any I missed.

When I started this blog Amazon was new and links were helpful to readers but in 2015 I don't think it's really necessary: everyone can Google now!  Plus I no longer see any reason to provide free sales links for a large multinational corporation.