A few weeks ago I got a advance copy of the upcomming rules in the Osprey wargaming serie - Dragon Rampant by Daniel Mersey.
I thought I should try to give an objective review of the rules, but it can be a bit tought as I really love the Lion Rampant rule engine and I and Dan also working on the Pike and Shot rules -The Pikeman´s Lament togheter that also uses the same rule enginge...
I hope my short review any way will be of help to decide if youe will spend about £12 on a set of fantasy rules.
I haven´t really played much fantasy wargames or done much fantasy project sins I stoped playing Warhammer Fanatsy some 10 year ago, a small detour in to LoTR miniatures ofcourse, but not much more, sins it coulden´t really compete with historical wargaming.
One thing that I have wanted to start up are a "Skägglavefantasy" (Treemoss Fantasy) project as my matey Jonas, unfortunate he lives some 450km south of me, so I haven´t had a chanse to participate in any of his games, but he is a greate inspiration. Now I might have the rules to get me going...
FANTASY WARGAMING RULES OSPREY WARGAMES 13
Author: Daniel Mersey
Illustrator: Craig Spearing, Mark Stacey, RU-MOR
Short code: OWG 13
Publication Date: 20 Dec 2015
Number of Pages: 64
Even with the same basic rules Dan have done a greate work to add tha fantasy flavoure to the rules as well as he have added special rules for Warbeats, like trolls, dragons and other stuff you ofcourse want to include in your fantasy games.
To handel these warbests and heros Dan introduced Single or reduced model units and Strenght points, wich gives you the possibility to field a single mighty hero/wizard with 12 wounds/Strentht points. It is a good solution to be able to keep the 6 or 12 man units but in a 1 to 3 man unit, each model just have more wounds, my only issu are how to keep track of them as I have small dices on the gaming table to see how wounded a mini or unit are... but the problem shouldn´t be to hard to solve.
You will also find 6 new scenarios in the rules, all with a fantasy flavour to them, if you field a Warband of halflings you might want to try the Ringbearer scenario.
As in Lion Rampant there are no "official" army lists for Dragon Rampant, but Dan have ofcourse been kind enought to include 15 sample warbands so you will have a good guide in how to build you warband and also give you ideeas of how to use the Fantastical Rules when deciding your troops pros and cons.
NO you can´t !.... you always need to have at least 4 units in your warband, so you can´t only field 3 forest troll shamans from the Borderland army list as you thought when reading it... Ofcourse there are a max limit of number of units to, and that is set to no more than 10 units, so the 12 units of Goblin-ambushers @ 2 points each, won´t work either.
So are the Dragon Rampant worth it´s £12 investment?
Yes indeed, at least in my point of view, as I already are a keen Dragon Rampant fan and I love to be able to go through my LoTR collection and also maybe building me a new warband from my plastic pile as well to have a look at all new stunning fantasy models that are out on the market, now I got a well designed and cost effective set of rules that give me the kind of easygoing game I want !
Happy Lucia to you all :)