Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Fantasy Rule Conundrum!


Well my day off is almost over and I have had chance to play out a bit of a skirmish using my Boar Company!

Boar Company Versus Orc Marauders!

You can read a brief battle report HERE and I must admit that its been refreshing to actually play a game for the first time in ages, I found the rules I have been using a bit on the feeble side.

For the last few years, I have been playing skirmishes using Song of Blades, a rather great but simple ruleset that allows one to just rummage through their collection, pick up some models and get playing without spending an age with record keeping. I have really loved the sheer simplicity of the game but this latest outing after a long hiatus has highlighted a few issues with it.

Marik Goldhelm, Renegade Sorcerer

Yes its great for small scale skirmishes between about six and ten figures a side but it really bogs down when you want to field a warband 20-30 strong!

Similarly the latest game really highlighted a few issues such as the short range of shooting and the difficulty of causing damage. For example, Grimli, my Boar Company commander got into a ruck with the Orcish Khan which lasted for turn after turn with not much more than a bit of pushing and shoving.

Coupled with the fact that I am wanting to update the setting a bit to involve a higher tech level, I am thinking of going for a more sci-fi ruleset so I can include all manner of fun stuff like magitech, steampunk and so on!
If anyone can suggest some good ruleset that have a bit more crunch than Song of Blades, please feel free to leave a comment. I do have loads of rules to try out so will be posting a few battle reports over the next few weeks to see how things go. I also plan on sculpting up some more up to date figures for my Boar Company too. 

Hopefully there will be a few updates coming so feel free to check back soon!
All the best!


  1. The figures look great. Still resisting heading over to the other blog, but you're not making it easy. I have a soft spot for Two Hour Wargames. I have a ton of their titles, but sadly have played very few of them. They just recently added a Warband title. I also got Lion Rampant for Christmas and that seemed like it could give a fun game. They do give a sample "fantasy" list in the book.

  2. Agreed with all above. I've had a lot of fun using Mayhem and just making bases of figs single miniatures:
    Lion Rampant could be fun but doesn't have much "crunch".
    Maybe when I get the Fistful of Steel rules variant for Fistful of Lead done I'll send it your way.