Wednesday, January 25, 2017

1 days to release... Missions

Day before the day...for the official publication day of my and Dan Merseys wargaming rules The Pikeman´s Lament published by Osprey.

Todays blogpost I will focus a little bit on the Missions you play with The Pikemans Lament rules. The rules are focused at small scale fights with a company aside, troops on patroll, out foraging, escorts etc. I know that some might want to play out historical battles and than I might sugest that you divide the battle in different parts, probably the different stages of the battle, and play them out as a mini campaign giving the Officers honour and promotions as well as new traits in between the games.

This is a really rewarding way to play the Pikemans Lament and I have run a few games during the playtest in this way, especially the 5 Scenarios I divided the Battle of Newburn, 28th August 1640 in to, As a part of my article in Wargaming Soldier and Strategy Issue 87, that by the way was the first official scenarios published for The Pikeman´s Lament :)

When I wrote the article I read-up on the battle and from the different event that was described during the battle I designed 5 inter-linked scenarios that are set with about one hours time inbetween on the 28th august 1640.

Below you can see a bunch of pictures from different playtest games, the English  are painted by me and the Scottish Covenanter by my matey Andy.


  1. Fantastic work, Michael, and many congratulations again! My copy arrived yesterday in the post, and it's everything I hoped it would be