|490 BC- Athens vs Persia- Battle of Marathon|
|425 BC- Athenians at Syracuse|
This post is for me to talk about Historical wargames. In this sense, it is purely self-indulgent. For that, I apologise- however, if you don't like reading people's self-indulgent raving, then may I humbly suggest that you stop reading blogs? :)
First of all, a bit of personal history (irony?) I started wargaming at a young age, with Games Workshops Adeptus Titanicus (1st Ed Epic), then Rogue Trader, then Fantasy. I stayed there, happily playing games against my friends, all the way through school. Then, when I was... around 17 I think (it was a while ago, the memories fuzzy) that I discovered a group of gamers working on Warhammer Ancients. For those that remember the Warhammer Players Society- yes I was, and remain, a fan.
|331 BC- Macedonians vs Persians- Battle of Gaugamela|
|207 BC- Rome vs Carthage- Battle of Metaurus|
|9 AD- Romans vs Germanic Celts- Battle of Teutoberg|
|451 AD- Rome vs Huns- Battle of Chalons|
Of course, all wargames are visual spectacles. Talking about "movement advantage" is irrelevant if the battlefield does nothing to draw you in. the great thing here, of course, is that I'm a fan of "historical" films as well- inverted commas because I'm referring to films like Braveheart , Gladiator and 300 as well as more accurate movies and series (if anything pumped out by studios is ever accurate, of course.) That visual aspect is definitely in the games I've played, and I use 1:72 soft plastics in the main.
|732 AD- Moors vs Franks- Battle of Tours|
|1066 AD- Normans vs Saxons- Battle of Hastings|
Warhammer Ancient Battles
Field of Glory
Dux Bellus Multitudinis
Dux Bellus Antiquitatis
Clash of Empires
Any of the Ancients rules at Free Wargames Rules
|1428 AD- England vs France- Siege of Orleans|
Honestly- bang-for-your-buck, I think it's difficult to beat that.
That's why the attitude to Historical wargames at times confuses me. Some gamers really seem to have a poor opinion of what really are a great set of games- especially if you want a bit of a break from your standard 40K/Fantasy/Warmachine gaming. I'm not suggesting that everyone should rush out now, buy a load of HaT figures and never play any other games. I AM suggesting that people should play historical wargames as part of the overall hobby. Historical gaming is not played exclusively by old men getting away from their wives, reliving past glories. You are allowed to play without monocle, moustache and thick British accent.
|1588 AD- Spain vs Britain- Defeat of the Spanish Armada|
|1704 AD- Holy Roman Empire vs France- Battle of Blenheim|
|1709 AD- Russia vs Sweden- Battle of Pultava|
|1777AD- America vs Britain- Battle of Saratoga|
I've heard of some good ones which I'm going to be trying out- notably not Flames of War (those models cost way too much in comparison to my lovely 1:72's)- when I get the chance. What I do know, is that there are a lot of Civil War players (American and British), 100 years war players, Napoleonics players and WW I/II players out there (no, Secrets of the Third Reich doesn't count :) ) so I'm going to try to find out a bit more about them- feel free to write to me about them, by the way!
|1792 AD- France vs Prussia- Battle of Valmy|
Comments, as always, are welcome.
|1815 AD- France vs Britain- Battle of Waterloo|