Song of Arthur and Merlin figures in 1/72 scale

April 30, 2009
Pictured here are my first sets of figures form Song of Arthur and Merlin.  The figures all have a good Dark Age Britain look.  The unarmored Roman infantry is by HaT.  The armored Roman infantry and the Germanic Warriors are both by MiniArt.  HaT clearly makes fine figures.  MiniArt has some molding issues and the detail is not as good as it could be.  All of the figures, otherwise, fit the semi-historical Arthurian legend pretty well.
These figures exceeded my expectations.  The detail is good and the quality is very nice.  Very little cleanup was required.

These figures exceeded my expectations. The detail is good and the quality is very nice. Very little clean-up was required.

These figures were ok.  The figures themselves are a bit larger than the HaT figures.  The detail is a little soft and there was a fair amount of cleanup to be done.  The look is really good.

These figures were OK. The figures themselves are a bit larger than the HaT figures. The detail is a little soft and there was a fair amount of clean-up to be done. The look is otherwise really good.

These figures match the size of the Germanic Warriors pretty well but the detail is pretty vague.  There was a large amount of cleanup to be done.

These figures match the size of the Germanic Warriors pretty well but the detail is pretty vague. There was a large amount of cleanup to be done.

Now that I have these figures, Newline Designs has announced that they will be producing a set of Late Roman figures and another of Goths in 1/72 scale.  As I am not completely satisfied with the MiniArt products, I will be looking at the Newline figures to see if they will work with HaT figures.

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More lists in the group.

April 8, 2009

I’ve added Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Danes to the Early Medieval List.  I’ve also added a Generic High Medieval list to the group.  This list contains a menu of units that can be used to form your own list for the middle and later portions of the Medieval period.  It is not all inclusive yet but I hope to add more unit types soon.  For the High Medieval Lists, I would suggest 450 points, but still 1 captain and 1 general for a small game as some of the units get to be quite expensive.  A retinue Longbowman, for instance, is 53 point!

Once I feel these lists are “correct”, I will post them here as well.  If you want to get a sneak peek, join the group and have a look.

John


Some Minor Tweaks

April 7, 2009

After the play tests last night, it has come to light that cavalry are a bit weak on defense.  When doubling up on a unit, the defending player could choose which of the two attacking units to concentrate on.I’ve changed the rules to spread the casualties among the two units.

I’ve also changed the  requirements for shooting from the 2nd rank.  Now, if a formation moves, the 2nd rank may not shoot in the next shooting phase.

Finally, the first two Early medieval lists are in the groups file section.  These are the Normans and Vikings of course.  If you want a sneak peak, join up and have a look.  They will be posted to the blog within the month as well, once some testing has been done.

John


Vikings vs Normans Battle Report

April 6, 2009

This battle was a classic example of how warbands can be spectacular in battle.  Along with the pictures and descriptions, I will take you through some of the game mechanics of Ancients D6.

The Vikings win the initiative and are the attacker.  They setup first.  On the left is a group of 3 Hirdmen supported by 3 Bondi.  The center Hirdman is the General's body guard.  The Normans setup with all 3 Knight units on the left flanked to the right by a Levy Spear unit supported by a Crossbow unit and a Levy Spear unit supported by another Levy Spear unit.  On the right is 3 Retainer units and the extreme right is 2 Skirmish bow units.

The Vikings win the initiative and are the attacker. They setup first. On the left is a group of 3 Hirdmen supported by 3 Bondi. The center Hirdman is the General's body guard. The Normans setup with all 3 Knight units on the left flanked to the right by a Levy Spear unit supported by a Crossbow unit and a Levy Spear unit supported by another Levy Spear unit. On the right is 3 Retainer units and the extreme right is 2 Skirmish bow units.

At the beginning of each game, the players roll to see who will attack and who will defend.  The low roller is the defender.  He sets out the terrain and then the attacker chooses which of the 4 sides he will setup on.

The lines close in.  The Vikings and the Normans both elect to move as quickly as they can while preserving their line order.

The lines close in. The Vikings and the Normans both elect to move as quickly as they can while preserving their line order.

Early on, the only thing to do is advance.  Each unit gets a move and may take another move if given an order.  It is often advisable to to advance in no more than 3 groups of troops.  That way you ensure that everyone gets to move at top speed.

The Normans and Vikings exchange shots.  In the woods, the Skirmishers fight it out with the Bondi Archers.  Both the Bondi and the skirmishers take a hit.  The skirmish unit in the front fails the morale check and falls back a base depth disrupted.

The Normans and Vikings exchange shots. In the woods, the Skirmishers fight it out with the Bondi Archers. Both the Bondi and the skirmishers take a hit. The skirmish unit in the front fails the morale check and falls back a base depth disrupted.

Missile fire occurs after movement.  The closest enemy unit in range is the target.  For each un-hit figure on the shooting unit, the attacker gets to roll 1 die.  Each 5+ result is a hit on the enemy.  The enemy gets to roll 1 die for each hit.  For each die that is equal or greater than the enemy armor, 1 hit is negated.  In the woods, the two archer units close.  As they are less than 1″ apart, they may shoot.  The Vikings are the phasing player so the Normans shoot first-defensive shooting.  They would normally roll 4 dice.  However, the target is in cover.  That’s -1 die per stand shooting.  So the Normans shoot with 2 dice.  They do score a hit.  The Bondi Archers roll 1 die but need a 6 to save.  They take a hit.  The Viking player needs to make a morale check for the Bondi.  There are two surviving figures so that is 2 dice.  There are no other modifiers.  They need to get 1 success (4+) to pass and do.  They then return fire and also score a hit on the Normans.    The Norman skirmishers only have 1 figure and fail their morale check.  They fall back a base depth and are disrupted until their next rally phase when they may attempt to rally.

The Normans hold back on the left and charge with the retainers.  They overpower the Bondi on the right while the bondi on the left is well supported and puts up a fight.  The Captain would be swept away with his unit of Retainers.

The Normans hold back on the left and charge with the retainers. They overpower the Bondi on the right while the Bondi on the left is well supported and puts up a fight. The Captain would be swept away with his unit of Retainers.

Here is a full round.  The Normans try to rally their skirmishers but fail.  However, the back skirmish unit can still move and passes through the front skirmish unit to shoot at the Bondi.  They hold back with their Knight and Spear units.  They want the Crossbow unit to try and soften up the Hirdmen.  The Retainers decide to charge the Bondi and line up so all three units are in contact with the two Bondi.

The Viking gets to shoot in the missile phase first.  The Bondi Archer in the woods fires with 1 effective die but fails to hit.  The skirmisher fires with 1 effective die and hits.  The Bondi fails the Morale check and falls back disrupted.  The Bondi archer in the center manages to get 2 hits on the center retainer but the captain is not hit.   The Norman Crossbowmen fire in the center unit of Hirdmen.  As these units are being supported by another formed unit, they are a massed target.  The Crossbowmen shoot with one extra die.  The score 1 hit.  Had they scored 2 or more, the hits would have been distributed evenly between the front and back units.

The two melees are in the center.  The Norman player elects to fight on the right with 2 retainers against 1 Bondi.  Before combat starts a fear check has to be made as the Norman cavalry all have fear and the Bondi do not.  The Viking player rolls 1 die for every un hit figure in the unit.  If he gets at least 2 successes, there is no effect 1 success causes 1 hit and no successes causes 2 hits.  In the melee there would normally be a base of 6 dice but 1 unit has taken 2 hits so we start with 4 dice.  Each unit gets +1 charging so that’s 6 dice.  They score 4 casualties so the front unit is destroyed and the back unit takes 1 hit.  The return shot is 3 dice and they manage the 1 hit necessary to kill the Retainer.  A leader death check is made and the Norman Captain is killed.  The other combat saw the Norman retainer score two hits but get wiped out itself.

The Hirdmen charge home.  They decide to line up equally with the Normans to help begate the tremendous fighting ability 2 cavalry units can give.

The Hirdmen charge home. They decide to line up equally with the Normans to help negate the tremendous fighting ability 2 cavalry units can give.

The Hirdmen decide not to wait around and charge home.  They line up on the Norman so as to overpower the units before the flank units can react.

It's all over.  The Norman cavalry could not fend off the Viking Hirdmen.  Many hits were rolled and this proved to be too much for the Norman Knights.  Worse yet, the General fell in battle.

It's all over. The Norman cavalry could not fend off the Viking Hirdmen. Many hits were rolled and this proved to be too much for the Norman Knights. Worse yet, the General fell in battle.

The end was quick and painful for the Normans.  They were slowly eking out a victory only to see their army vaporize.  There are two tweaks left to do.  In a combat where 1 unit is meleeing 2 or more units the way it works now is the defending player chooses a unit to fight and all hits go on that unit.  This makes cavalry pretty week.  I am going to try even distribution similar to shooting against a massed target.  The defender will choose a primary melee target and tally casualties as normal.  The casualties will be distributed evenly between the enemies in contact but the odd hit will go to the primary.  Flanking units will get hit last.