Larely pre-gunpowder there are articles on the Rise of Macedon- a Campaign game this and a bit of a "what if" - and worth a look despite is DBA(dead boring ancients) bias it still has some useful ideas hidden in there. despite the authors remark that if you are not using DBA you'll need to use Army lists appropriate to the rules you ARE using (Idiot books rule OK obviously)
|40mm Normans having a bash at some Saxon Sash and Saber figs .|
Robbie Roddis is in there too- His and Paul Stevensons interview with Charlie Wesencraft is worth a read. Now I'll not comment further as I know all of the participants here so read it for yourselves its worth the cover price alone.
A nice piece on using Spanish Napoleonic armies also appears- I think perhaps the author is a bit too pro-French - ascribing them manovre abilities which they didn't always posess but its nice to see the hugely over maligned Spanish getting an airing - After all they never stopped fighting from 1808- 1813 they always had armies in the field unlike the Austrians and Prussians who packed it in after Boney beat them up.I even ended up reading that article twice- something I can't remember doing for years.
There is also a piece on the Norman invasion of England- which has always been a favoured period of mine. I've had at least 3 Norman armies through my hands over the years and have always liked the period and have several of the early sources- well Translations anyhow in my library
|My 40mm Vikings- see any thralls or berserker units... I think not.|
So as you might realise I read this with care. What the article actually was was a set of simple rules and army list (Gawdamighty!!!) purporting to be for the 1066 campaign. Now the rules might work pretty well- if a bit simplistically but the Army lists had been culled from other equally inaccurate army lists rather than the sources. Why,I ask, do the Saxons have Guard Housecarles and Housecarles? The Vikings berserker UNITS !!!and units of "Thralls"- why would they be brought to England even assuming that they would fight? . Why when there is no real evidence are ther "Breton Light Cavalry"- with an abitlity to Skirmish in the Norman lists- also a provision for "Javelin armed skirmish infantry- loads of them on the Tapestry I'm sure.
This used to be quite common - there was an assumtion that unarmoured "servientes" or sergreants fought differently from the Knights .
|Sash and Saber 40mm Duke William- Doubtless wondering where his mythical Breton Light Cavalry have got to.|
Mind you thats not the Editors fault and the article was well writtenand I suspect the game as a game would be OK toplay once or twice- the card activation system looked fine its just that the history was twaddle