Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Scottorum Malleus Playtest #2

Here come a 2nd AAR from our playtest of Dan Mersey, authour of the upcoming Dux Bellorum, latest (under development) wargaming rules "Scottorum Malleus". The rules are a set of medieval wargaming rules in the same spirit as Dux Bellorum...at least I think so;)

This time we used my 15mm Impetus based Lithuanians and Polish early medieval armys. Based with 80mm front. Gaming area 60x120cm.

OOB

Polish
1xKn(Gen)
2xKn
2xBw
1xSp
1xPs
1xRe-roll (to even the army points)

Lithuanian
1xLH(Gen)
6xLH
2xAx
2xPs

Set-up. The Polish deployed there hard hitting Knights in the center covering their left flank with archers and anchor there right flank against a plowed field with some skirnishers and a unit of sperarmen as support...saddle-up and the Polish Knights are on their way...

The Lithuanians that have an army composed to about 80% of skirmishers was allowed to deploy up to the center of the board. Meeting the Polish with a screan of fast light horses.

The Lithuanians had the initiative and moved their light horses closer to the polish lines to enable some shooting... They had just started to shoot then the Polish Knights made a charge !!!

The Lithuenians made a swifth retreat and continued to harass the Poles with shooting... the poor Polish skirmisher had now had enought and fleed the field...

The Polish Knights continued their impetuous charge over the muddy battle field, catching the Lithuenian light horse one again, this time they didn´t manage to escape...

The red dices behind the Knights show how many hits they taken so far from the Lithuenian shooting...

Even the Polish archers made a charge sins they discovered that there shooting was totaly ineffective against the Skrimishing Lithuanians.

Knights are realy tough on the offensive, as they should, and two of the Lithuanian units was dispatched...smells like Polish victory...

Actually one of the Polish Knights was also beaten, BUT they was saved by a divine intervention in the shape of a lucky one and only Polish re-roll...they can be handy some times...

At the right the Lithuanian Light Horses disengaged the Polish Bows...

The Lithuanian commander gathered his followers and moved out to the left starting to concentrate their shooting on some Polish Knights...

The other Polish Knight turned his attention to the left and charged a unit on Lithuanian Spermen in the flank, they run for their lifes...The Knights just press forward in to the flank of the next unit of Spearmen...

Much damage have been delivered to several units... The Polish bows have had enough...

Unfortunally for the Poles one of the fierce units of Knights can´t stand all the harassment by the Lithuanians so they to flees the field...

With only two units of Knights left the Poles are beaten...

Losses
Lithuanian: 2xLH and 2xAx
Polish: 1xKn. 1xSp, 2xBw and 1xPs

This was a fun, fast paced and intense game. I realy didn´t think the Lithuanian skirmish army would stand a chanse against the hard hitting Poles. But it almost ended with a disaster for them when the Polish Knights started to were down their Spearmen...they should have stayed in the protection of the forest...

We uses a alternative Moral test rules that worked out much better then the one we used in the first game.

Scottorum Malleus have the possibility to turn out to be a realy nice rule system, I will defenetly play more test games.

Polish Commander ponder about how to catch the swift Lithuanians...

Peeking through the snowy trees at some Polish Knights harassed by the Lithuanian Light Horses...

26 comments:

  1. Great batrep and beautiful miniatures.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thnaks Fran !

      Best regards dalauppror

      Delete
  2. Great.
    Nice to see those miniatures again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanka !

      I´m glad to get them up on the gaming table again...even thinking of paintng me one more army with tha same bases...

      Best regards dalauppror

      Delete
  3. A stunning looking game, love the basing too. nice one!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ray !!!

      Glad you like the bases, they turned out quite nice:)

      Best regards dalauppror

      Delete
  4. Interesting matchup and AAR. There is so much to learn from your beautiful figures and painting, if I could just crack the code!

    ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Monty

      Lithuenians vs polish are a realy nice and historical matchup, interesting with two so different armys, gives fun games:)

      Crack the Code...Painting? I use to call it Impressionism painting;)

      Best regards dalauppror

      Delete
  5. Very interesting set of rules. Do you know when they are likely to be released?

    And great looking figs!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi

      Vey nice and interesting rules, easy to learn, not to complicated, fast and good looking games...

      But I don´t know when they will be released, maybe in 2013?

      The Authour have anothter rule set to be released in August 2012 "Dux Bellorum"

      Best refards dalauppror

      Delete
  6. Great to see those minis again!

    Ive just pre-ordered Dux Bellorum, and im looking forward to trying it myself. so is Scottorum Malleus the same, or similar to these?

    Steve

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Steve !

      I to realy looking forward to Dux Bellorum, will get us a chanse to start to use our "big-base" late romans again;)

      As I haven been fortunate enought to get a chanse to read Dux Bellorum I can´t realy tell if Scottorum Malleus the same...BUT I get the feel that the core are the same with extras to get the rules to feel more medieval, one of the things that are different are the unit activation system.

      Best regards dalauppror

      Delete
  7. Hi everyone

    I got this in a mail from Dan the man behind Scottorum Malleus.

    "I saw a few people asked if the game is similar to Dux Bellorum. The size of armies/ number of bases is similar and the rules are of similar simplicity, but most of the mechanisms are different. I hope that helps!"

    Thanks for the clarification Dan !

    Best regards dalauppror

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great battle report and awesome looking miniatures. Now you need to throw together an early Polish-Lithuanian army vs the Teutonic order game ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Anatoli !

      Got to paint me a bunch of Teutonic Knights first...

      best regards dalauppror

      Delete
  9. Legio heroica make some nice Teutonic knights.....

    ;)

    Steve

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ...hmmmm ... and they have a 20% disscount untill sunday...

      Delete
  10. A very interesting AAR. The rulebook sounds interesting. Very nice models. Is it a normal size battle?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Juan !

      The rules have potential to be greate then finished I think.

      Normal... not sure but the amount of units are "normal"... in this playtest draft there are a option to use about doubble, haven´t tried that yet...

      Best regards dalauppror

      Delete
  11. Enjoyed the report and a nice looking table!

    Christopher

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great painting and basing, the best 15mm historicals I've seen I think. I really like how each base is quite large so all the soldiers aren't neatly lined up, looks so much more realistic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Samulus !!!

      Glad you like my "Impetus" bases, might have to make me one more army in this way...Theutonic Knights...Mongols...or Swedish crusaders...

      Best regards dalauppror

      Delete
  13. Great report! And I like the Red and White patterns on the Polish knights!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Peter !!!

      Glad you liked the pattern, wasn´t to easy to paint, but now it was worth the effort:)

      Best regards dalauppror

      Delete
  14. The bases with pinetrees are excellent!

    ReplyDelete