Thursday, 4 January 2018

Small number of fantasy figures per side rules suggestions sought

Any recommendations welcome. I have tried Songs of Blades... in the past and can’t quite get into it.

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  1. Games Workshop do a set of skirmish rules for their Age Of Sigmar fantasy figures , not sure what they are like although the main set of rules only has four pages and is simple enough .

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  2. Dragon Rampant ? Seems to work ok.

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  3. There is a Fantasy game version by Maudlin Jack Tar of Bob Cordery's Portable Wargame http://wargamingmiscellany.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/a-fantasy-version-of-my-portable.html
    And an Arthur Harman version of this in Miniature Wargames mag Nov 2017 https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/board-games/news/the-november-issue-415-of-miniature-wargames-is-available-for-pre


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  4. LotR strategy battle game?
    Frostgrave in a different setting.

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  5. Are you looking for battles or skirmishes or individual characters?
    I agree that Dragon Rampant can be played with a small number of figures (for example, by halving the number of figures used, and/or by having some "units" represented by just a few figures). Bob's Portable Wargame also seems like a viable option. Those are both more like unit-level battles or skirmishes.

    For more individual level games I have been enjoying Pulp Alley - in spite of the name it can be used for all sorts of genres. One of the supplemental rule books has suggestions for playing various genres with just a few simple rules modifications. The basic rules are simple and fun; there is a deck of cards for playing vs. an opponent and another deck for playing solo.

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    1. Yes, I've had some success playing Dragon Rampant with base units of 6 or 3 figures. You just have to mark odd hits, but otherwise it looks fine.

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    2. The Pulp Alley supplemental rule book/pdf referred by Fitz-Badger is "Pulp Leagues."

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    3. Thanks, Tomo! That's the one. I want to get more of the supplements! :)

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  6. Is there anything in the 5 Core series by Nordic Weasel?

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    1. There is a fantasy supplement to the 5-Core Medieval skirmish "Chavauchee" called "On Samhain's Eve." (I may have misspelled that.) It even has instructions for making your own monsters.

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    2. He has the "An Orc too Far" beta set for $2. It's design philosophy is to let people use the small handfuls of figures they've picked up over the years.

      http://www.wargamevault.com/product/210985/An-Orc-Too-Far-beta-test?term=an+orc+too+far&test_epoch=0

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  7. It's mostly been said but "small number" of figures is very relative. One man's 6 is another man's 60.

    Hordes of the Things still gives a good game and dependin on the army udusl less than 50 figures counting cavalry as 2 and special characters as 4.

    Dragon Rampant has been mentioned and so has Bob's Portable Wargame. I'm out of my league with simple 1 figure is 1 man but did have some very enjoyable Dark Age skirmishes with the Warhammer Skirmish rules. I downloaded them from the 15 years ago. No idea where to get them now.

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  8. I've used Song of Blades and Heroes for my 40mm Bronze Age Europe games. I played them last in November after a long hiatus and found that I liked them more than I recalled. Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes has some new twists that make the game a bit livelier, e.g., reaction.

    Apart from that, Dragon Rampant is appealing. With fantasy gaming, you have a lot more options for creating reduced- or single-model units. That keeps the figure count down. My Dragon Rampant warband is just 31 figures.

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  9. Open Combat is a very nice rules-set, where you stat your own figures. Works with a couple of figures per side, up to a dozen or so.
    https://www.secondthunder.com/
    I like it a lot and play far to seldom :-)

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