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Jon Alfarlinga14 Nov 2017 8:41 a.m. PST

Hi everyone!

I'm a long time Warhammer/Warmachine player trying to get started in historicals. I bought a bunch of 15mm Vikings and Normans with the intention of recreating the battles for England of 1066, and I need help choosing a rules set.

I want a rules set that isn't TOO crunchy, as I have to convince others to play with me, but I'm not playing "hypothetical battles" primarily; I want to have a convincing simulation of specific battles.

My first instinct is to use DBA,, but with armies universally composed of 12 bases per side, it doesn't handle uneven forces well. I'm considering HotTs for it's point system, for that reason.

I'm most leaning toward Dux Bellorum, but I'm worried Hastings and Stamford with 20 bases on a side (500 men to a base scale) will be too clunky.

Does anyone have any suggestion?

Great War Ace14 Nov 2017 8:56 a.m. PST

If there is anything useful there, you're welcome.

corona6614 Nov 2017 10:10 a.m. PST

My friend and I fought out the three battles of the 1066 campaign using L'Art de la Guerre rules. We very much enjoyed the battles, all of which went down to the wire but ended in an historical result. Excellent rules. Another option is to use historical Big Battle DBA, which allows you to have unequal sides and handles shieldwall fighting very well.

Mollinary14 Nov 2017 10:17 a.m. PST

To the Strongest would give you a good game.


Jozis Tin Man14 Nov 2017 10:21 a.m. PST

Dan Mersey did a Wargamer's Guide to 1066 and the Norman Conquest that includes a chapter comparing rules. It is fairly cheap and I recommend it.


Perris070714 Nov 2017 10:46 a.m. PST

Cool! I had not heard of that before. Thanks!

Dexter Ward15 Nov 2017 3:24 a.m. PST

We fought a complete 1066 campaign using Saga, and it worked very well. Fulford Gate, Stamford Bridge and Hastings, all played as double games (2v2), with each player controlling one faction and pairs of factions allied.

You can find it here:

Jon Alfarlinga15 Nov 2017 3:52 p.m. PST

Thanks everyone! All good suggestions and lots to consider.

coopman Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2018 10:45 a.m. PST

The nice thing about this time period is that the miniatures can be used interchangeably for any of the three armies.

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