War Games

War games of all types, board games, miniature war games, simple to complex. All periods, Ancient battles, dark ages, medieval times, Seven Years War, American revolution, American civil war, Napoleonic, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and The Gulf War.

Field of Glory Miniatures Game Event

My good Friend Bruce Hanson will be co-hosting a game of Field of Glory with me, and a fellow by the name of Hans, whom I have just started getting to know, will be providing his 25mm figures and terrain.  I belong to a local game group called Red River Area Wargamers (RRAW for short) here in Fargo, North Dakota.

On Saturday September 18th, at our local game day, the Principate Romans will take on the Early Germans in a 600 point starter army battle.

Field of Glory Legions Triumphant Book

Field of Glory Legions Triumphant Book

Early this year, late winter or early spring, a friend of mine name Ron, asked me if Id will be willing to read some rules he had that he wanted to try, of which of course I said “sure”.  Anyway, I was very confident in the fact that I would help Ron try out his new Field of Glory game, but there was no way I would switch from my current game DBA (De Bellis Antiquitatis).  Well after reading it at bedtime over the course of the next couple of nights, I soon found I was intrigued by the combat system and the fun Battlegroups you would field on the table.  Anyway, before I spin off into a game review all I can say is, Bruce and I played a couple of games to learn the system and we are hooked.

On thing Id like to do in the very near future is write a review on the Field of Glory rule-set.  For years I played only DBA  or mostly BBDBA (Big Battle DBA) which is just DBA using 36 stands instead of the standard 12 for your army.   Both rules sets have their pros and cons and Ill get into that at another time.

Here are a couple of pictures from two games Bruce and I played over the spring and early summer.

Field of Glory Numidians & Romans Clash

Numidian Elephants & Late Republican Romans

This is the center of the board on a battle we had with Late Republican Romans vs Numidians using the Rise of Rome army book.  You can see on the far right, that some Numidian light horse that has allied with the Romans is getting out of the way while the Roman Legions get ready to take an elephant charge.  As the Roman player I can tell you that my legions did not come out of that one very well, at least 2 of them.  Eventually I was able to route the Numidian army, but it was hard fought.

Field of Glory Late Republican Romans vs Numidians

Field of Glory Late Republican Romans vs Numidians

Here was a later game, and much larger view of the whole battle field.  The Romans are on the left, and the Numidians are on the right and both armies are just about ready to clash.  It was another great Field of Glory battle, but the Romans did not do well on this one.  The Numidian elephants again, did their damage and the Roman line eventually broke up in an uncoordinated attack and was crushed piecemeal but the lighter and more mobile Numidian forces.

Well till next time, and if you have any comments or want to contact me for any reason, please do.

So what is this war gaming thing about?

So you want to know more about war gaming?

First I think it’s only fair to tell you that even though I love pretty much all kinds of games, war gaming is by far my favorite kind of gaming.  I tell you that so you know, I am more than biased about war gaming.

For the most parts you have 2 varieties, board war games, and miniature war games.

Board war games are usually played on a hex board, sometimes they are played on a map separated into territories. It will usually involve pieces called counters or markers; like the first picture, A world at War board game. Sometimes it might have a small figure to represent something like infantry, or tanks or cavalry, things like that, like you see in the second picture of the Battle Cry board game.  Board games can be fairly inexpensive but can get to be up to $100+, especially the fancier ones with little plastic figures/counters.

A World at War by GMT

Battle Cry board game

Miniatures war gaming as you can guess is played with miniature figures, on a table covered with a cloth or something to represent the battlefield and is covered with terrain pieces (hills, trees, buildings etc…) depending on what period you are gaming and the environment.  Miniature gaming can get fairly expensive if you are going to build large armies, but you should be able to start small and add on as you go.

Early War Russian Front WWII Miniature War Game

So what is better?  Miniatures or board games?  Well the answer is, both. :)  sorry, but it really is.  I have and play both, and sometimes you just want to sit at the kitchen table and battle it out.  Other times you want to see large armies of miniatures sweeping across the table in your favorite period.

American Civil War Miniatures Game: Bufford at Gettysburg

I’m hoping with this website to review and go over many of the games I play (board and miniature).  I don’t want to just offer the fluff either.  Ill be honest on which games I love, and which games I don’t like, and tell you why as well.