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cmikucki Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2017 4:45 p.m. PST

The boys and I are set up for our second game in our summer narrative campaign using Shieldwall Rampant (a variant we found online.)

The basic idea is that there are three armies in play- including Irish, Danes, and Saxons (Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria etc). We play heavily toward the history as laid out by Bernard Cornwell, and our focus is really on fun.

Each of the three of us has a character/leader in each of the three armies, so we're really about rolling the dice rather than having one side beat the other.

The first scenario was a Danish attack on a Saxon village – the Saxons held their ground, but neither side took excessive casualties. Leader challenges were inconclusive. I mention this because after playing the rules as written, we did feel it needs some minor modifications. We found the Shieldwall Rampanyt variant on google and will give it a go in the game set up on the blog. I think we may use three rules sets as things progress – saga for skirmishes, Lions/Shieldwall Rampant for medium sized encounters and Hail Caesar for large games.

Figures in our collection are Gripping. Beast Plastic, Gripping Beast, and a handful of Black Tree if I remember correctly.

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2017 6:18 p.m. PST

Very nice, we're looking at running a similiar campaign based on eagle in the snaow. Love your terrain and basing

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2017 4:54 a.m. PST

Great looking table top!

Longshot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member05 Jul 2017 3:48 p.m. PST

Indeed, great looking table and concept for the game and campaign. Nice blog as well.

I noticed your post on the annual Mississinewa reenactment. Are you in Indiana somewhere? I'm in Indianapolis if you're somewhere in central Indiana and ever looking for extra bodies to game.

cmikucki Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2017 7:01 p.m. PST

Thanks guys – appreciate the kind words. The terrain is a bit scratch actually – I do most of my gaming in 15mm/20mm so coming up with Dark Ages terrain in 25/28mm has been a bit of a task. The world maker rivers and fords have been in a box for perhaps 10 years, so always fun to find something old/ new in the basement.

My character for the Saxons is an armed monk rather than a warlord or King – lots of fun. I really owe a great debt to Turbil miniatures/ Jonathan – first time a painting service has really opened up a new period fully to me.

One challenge I do have with the rules is that we like independent figures with abilities, and the Rules as Written have leaders only being parts of commands. I think the Dragons Rampant rules give us some guidance to help with this, but not fully. Still working on it – interested in anyone's feedback on how they have modified the rules for this topic (or any other).

Longshot – I'll catch up with you offline.

Ponder Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2017 3:13 p.m. PST


So, how does the campaign work? Map & movement, or simply linked scenarios?

Ponder on,


cmikucki Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2017 9:13 a.m. PST

JAS – I've been thinking about your questions for a bit. We started this as a loosely linked scenario based campaign. However, I am considering a point-to-point style map so the boys can make some campaign style decisions.

There are a number of Dark Age England maps out there so I am considering a bit of graphics work using real place names.

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