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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Romans Rampant!!

Just lately, Cameron (who just turned 8 years old...8...where has the time gone?!) has been enjoying playing Rome Total War on my Mac and, as the other weekend included a Saturday with a deluge of almost Old Testament proportions, we decided to combine toy soldiers with Rome Total War and play 'Romans Rampant'!!!

Yes, we dragged out Dragon Rampant and played it with Late Republican Romans! Both forces were identical with 4 units of legionaries (offensive heavy foot), one of which was the 'commander', which meant we stuck a nice 'genera;' figure with the unit as a reminder; 1 unit of Gallic horse (heavy riders, or whatever DR calls them); 1 unit of either Cretan archers or Balearic slingers (scouts) and a unit of auxilia (Greek peltasts/Spanish Caetrati types) which we classed as bellicose foot.

We attempted to design a special rule to give the legionaries the pilum, but it was crap, so I won't bother explaining my failings!! cavalry and bellicose types also had short range missiles, although I soon realised that given their wild charge, this was pointless for the latter (I wasn't having a good day, clearly).

We reduced the distance between units from 3" to 2" (which looked better) and adopted the TMWWBK approach to activation, so failure didn't end the turn - far better when playing with an 8 year old!

Anyway, we set up a standard bearer model in the middle of the table as an 'objective' and off we went!

In the event, it was fun to move some models and roll some dice, but the identical forces did make it a bit 'best dice wins', although tactics and deployment did play a part. We enjoyed it and it passed an afternoon that otherwise was boring us due to the monsoon outside and nothing of excellence on telly!!!  Here are some pics...




















Next time we may try another 'pilum' rule, perhaps something like allowing legionaries to re-roll 1s in the first round of combat for each unit...needs more thought...

8 comments:

MichaƂ Kucharski said...

Really great looking game!

Gordon Richards said...

Great stuff. There's another chap who has done 'Eagle Rampant'...a Gallic Wars version of Lion Rampant with rules for Testudo and Pila here: https://natholeonsempires.blogspot.co.uk/p/eagle-rampant-gallic-wars.html

Neil said...

Great idea and thanks for sharing!

Neil Scott said...

Great looking game

Herr Zinnling said...

Your game looks like lots of fun. Excellent miniatures and terrain! I especially like the temple. Regards, Karl

Natholeon said...

Nice one Andy! Great to have a home-grown gaming partner too. My daughters have shown no inclination whatsoever to engage with daddy's games of toy soldiers...

Matt said...

Marvellous mate! Yes, the years fly by eh?
Cheers
Matt

The Kiwi said...

What an awesome looking table. Fun times with your son as well.
Really good stuff. cheers