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Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2012 2:20 p.m. PST

I played my first game of Scottorum Malleus today. These are a set of medieval rules written by Daniel Mersey (author of Dux Bellorum). This was a play test edition and the rules have not yet been published. I used them to refight the battle of Bouvines 1214 between the Holy Roman Emperor and allied force vs. Phillip Augustus' French army. I picked these armies for my first game because they are fairly equal forces with a slight edge in cavalry to the French and a slight edge in foot quality and quantity to the allied force. I used 15mm figures for the game with each unit being 4 bases of DBX style. Both armies had 10 units each and the OBs were as follows:

French
3 units of knights, 1 unit of mntd. sergeants, 2 units of levy foot, 2 units of common foot and 2 units of crossbowmen. Special orders Brave Charge and Kingmaker on Call.

Holy Roman Empire
3 units of knights, 4 units of common foot, 1 unit of fierce foot and 2 units of crossbowmen. Special orders Wall of Spears and Steely Resolve.
The game mechanics are pretty simple, but the depth of choices for your strategy for the turn is very entertaining. The entire game played in less than 2 hours including using the optional morale rule that gives units a little more durability.

As for this battle, it was a very close game with the French eventually holding the field, but having been roughed up themselves quite a bit. The battle had a lot of ebb and flow and at different points I thought each army was going to win which created an exciting game (even for solo play).
Thanks to Dan for letting me do a play test.
I have included some photos at the link shown below.


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gavandjosh0211 Aug 2012 8:57 p.m. PST

Neat. The rules look interesting.

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