28mm Dark Ages Shieldwall Rampant Playtest

Leave a comment

April 21, 2018 by wargamerchris

We are prepping in ng for HMGS Little Wars. We are running a game about a Viking raid on an Irish monastery. There is a lot of fascinating history associated with the Irish coastal monasteries and the many years when raiding came to Ireland.

So a quick summary – my son had the Danes – one half unit of berserkers (mean-ar-arms), twi units of warriors with decent armor (foot sergeants) and one unit of cavalry (mtd. Sergeants).

My defenders were somewhat over-matched as I had one unit of warriors for my shieldwall (foot sergeants), one unit of archers (archers), one unit of levy militia (foot yeoman) and a half unit of warrior monks (foot yeoman).

The game was really about relearning the mechanics of fighting Dark Ages with the rules. Some pics then of the wave of Danes rolling into and then over my men….

I lost. The missing photos would show my warriors Nd levy ‘battered’ in the village, my monks and warlord reduced to 4 figures, and my luckless ineffectual archers holding the line for one more minute….

The convention game will be three times the size of this one, but it was a good warm up.

One highlight, when all was looking grim, my warlord rode out and challenged the Dane and defeated him. Of course not one of the Danish units failed its courage test – it only made them angrier! 😐

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Small Soldiers

I’m a father, soldier, wargamer and traveler. This site is for my kids and to share my work over half a lifetime musing on the history of warriors and the portrayal of their efforts in miniature.  I’ve never really known why I do this

Wargame Rules

Rules I’m gaming with now:

Lions Rampant/ Dragons Rampant
Black Powder
Age of Eagles/ Age of Valor/ Fire and Fury
Force on Force/ Ambush Alley/ Ambush Z!
Hail Caesar
Command Decision: Test of Battle
Battles for Empire 2
Pride of Lions
The Sword and the Flame

Rules I’m Considering:

Sword and Spear/ Sword and Spear Fantasy
Regimental Fire and Fury
Open Combat
Chain of Command
Sharpe Practice 2
Wilderness Wars
Test of Honour
Field of Battle
Pike and Shotte (Warlord)
General de Armee (TFL)
Flames of War – Vietnamese/ WW2

Rules I still need to find to make my life better:

15mm Napoleonic mass battles rules (holy grail)
15mm War of the Spanish Succession mass battle rules
15mm Zombie mass battle rules


Command Decision Test of Battle Forum:


Din of Battle:


Henry Hyde’s Site:


Dan Mersey – author of a couple of rules sets we like:


Miniature Addiction:


Wasatch Front HMGS (Journals):




Big Force on Force (Great modern gaming)


Last Stand Dan:



Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

%d bloggers like this: