Thursday, 13 March 2014

Lion Rampant: the lowdown

Over the next couple of months I’m hoping to post a few pieces about Lion Rampant, my new game that's due to publish in September as part of the Osprey Wargames Series. 

First of all, Lion Rampant is not related to my previous set of rules in the Osprey Wargames Series (Dux Bellorum), or to any of the other rules published in the series. The idea behind OWS is that each book is a standalone game, so if you did/didn't like Dux Bellorum or the other games, that doesn't mean that you definitely will/won't like Lion Rampant. There are no shared mechanisms between the different rule sets.

With that in mind, here's some more info to get you started:
  • Lion Rampant is a simple set of rules: I’ve tried to distill down everything that I want in a medieval miniatures game to the basics of enjoyable gameplay. This means you won't need to refer to the rules that often after you’ve played once or twice; it also means that the game doesn't provide thick layers of detail about medieval warfare – “it’s a game” and if you're after something more complex this won’t be a game for you (but I hope you might like the pictures!).
  • Lion Rampant represents small scale skirmishes rather than huge, sprawling battles and this is reflected in the scenarios. Your army will generally comprise 40-70 models, depending on the units you choose.
  • The rules play best using individually mounted models, although you could fudge things using multi-based models. Models are removed as casualties, and most units start at a set strength of 12 foot or 6 mounted models (there are a couple of exceptions).
  • The troop types are stereotypes of medieval warriors and cover broad categories of troop. For example, there is only one type of mounted knight, and one type of archer (crossbows are separate). Knights are rash and spearmen are solid: I tip my design hat to Hollywood in addition to reality.
  • Army lists are not set in stone; there is a simple points system to provide a bit of balance and I provide (currently 40) sample armies to give you a quick start, but you can pick and choose units as you wish.
To give you some idea of a typical army, here’s a sample I provide in the book:
  • 1 unit of Mounted Men-at-Arms (6 models)
  • 1 unit of Mounted Serjeants (6 models)
  • 2 units of Foot Serjeants (12 models in each)
  • 1 unit of Crossbowmen (12 models)
  • 1 unit of Bidowers (6 models)

More info soon – keep up to date by clicking on the ‘Lion Rampant’ label below.