Tuesday, 14 February 2012

A quick wargame

This game was played using a fairly simple set of rules that uses small numbers of toy soldiers (under 50 in each army - other games use hundreds).  Dice are used to determine how many moves a player can make each turn.   Modified die rolls determine the results of fighting.  After a set amount of losses at army runs for it.

King Herod of Judea has decided to invade nearby the nearby kingdom of Kappodokia, trying to get some good press for once.

The Judean army is closest to the camera, with heavy infantry and cavalry on the plain in the centre and light infantry on the woods and on the hill on either flank.  The Kappodokians have lined up their heavy cavalry to trample the Judean infantry, with their other troops on the flanks.

The armies advance.

Fighting on the hill.

The Judean light infantry hold the high ground.

The Kappodokians try again...

and are repulsed, with severe losses.

The main lines close.

Another assault on the hill...

fails!

The heavy cavalry charge...

and are repulsed by the stoic Judean infantry. Only the General and his bodyguards remain in contact, dangerously exposed.

Heavily outnumbered, the Kappodokian general and his guards are dragged from their saddles and slaughtered, while the rest of his army decide to make good their escape. 

Herod sends off messengers with the good news.  Perhaps this will help his image a bit after that little incident...

10 comments:

Shrinky said...

I think the spin-doctors have done a valliant job here, but they're onto an up-hill battle (ouch) trying to reform this guys image.

So tell me, do you play with yourself often..?

Rock Chef said...

Shrinky - not as often as I would like.

dopdavid said...

this idea seems pretty cool ima bookmark it and play it one night

terri said...

It's fun to get an idea of how the games work after all of the times you've mentioned them.

Rock Chef said...

dopdavid - have fun!

Terri - Yes, I have been promising something like this for a long time.

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

At long last! This wargame report is so long overdue since the last time you posted one here ages ago. I love battles; reading about them, playing in video games or having them in the vast realms of my head.
Wargames is extinct here.... The last time i heard someone played it in Malaysia was sometime in the early 1990s.
Now everybody is into online gaming or anything near it.
But i think it's so cool making your own pieces, paint them and finally share them with the world.
Battle on, Commander Rock Chef!

agg79 said...

Ah, the good old days of cavalry charges and infantry engagements. I would surmise that it just wasn't in the cards (or dice) for the Kappodakian General. Herod's rep will be much improved after this battle.

Rock Chef said...

Shadowthorne - yes, this is the generation of instant gratification - insert the disk and play, no planning and painting...

Agg79 - Yes, Herod seems to be on a roll - going to try his luck against Commagene next....

Abby said...

This is a whole 'nother world to me. Where I live, it's all CG and very loud.

Rock Chef said...

Abby - These games are much more social, often accompanied by a few beers.