Not like me to do much of the ‘sharp stick’ side of wargaming but it would be dull if life didn’t havea bit of variety every now and again….
As a group we are slowly working on some Dark Age figures, everyone has some Vikings, Evanis going for Welsh and I’ve gone for Normans as my main army. We plan to use the Saga rules, in fact we had a quick game of it this evening, it showed how effective crossbows are if nothing else.
I painted up a group of 12 Gripping Beast plastic Saxons, still trying to perfect my palette of colors for the Dark Ages.
The leader, standard bearer and two warriors.
For reasons that are mostly explained by whim and the fact I read an interesting book on the subject a while back I bought from ebay some of the Wargames Foundry European Bronze Age figures.
5 figures from the ‘command’ pack.
I’m not sure if I’ll get anymore. Whilst low level clan warfare would be interesting, there isn’t much of a figure range available so a lot of repetition of poses would creep in. Also it wouldn’t be much different at a skirmish level to the Dark Ages. I know that we are talking about very different cultures and technologies but at the man to man level the mechanics of swinging and axe into someone is pretty much the same. I happily use the same low level skirmish sets for WW1 to present day games, it is only as one widens the scope of the battle to look at how armies operated and fought that one sees the difference. The Marne was fought very differently to Op. Goodwood…
… I think more reading is in order.
*I know that the term Dark Ages isn’t a particularly useful, descriptive or even accurate term and ‘early medieval period’ is preferred, typing Dark Ages is just quicker.