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Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2018 11:56 a.m. PST

Can anyone suggest SIMPLE rules for Viking battles? Skirmish or bigger battles. I am looking for SIMPLE. No pages and pages of rules. Just movement and fighting. Is there anything out there that you can suggest?

Thank you


parrskool15 Mar 2018 11:59 a.m. PST

neil Thomas's Ancient & medieval wargames

Mick the Metalsmith15 Mar 2018 12:08 p.m. PST

Song of blades and heroes..not really hard at all. Think DBA skirmish.

..although somewhere out there is a freebie called one page rules for dark ages or something. It was a basic as it got and was not a bad set of rules.

Blood Eagle is real simple

Mick the Metalsmith15 Mar 2018 12:31 p.m. PST

The one pager rules I referred to are called "Ravensfeast" vers 1.3. Free and pretty good d6.

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2018 1:05 p.m. PST

Battle Troll is a simple game. Lots of fun.


6mmACW15 Mar 2018 1:39 p.m. PST

Another vote for Ravensfeast! Free, one page, and lots of fun. Our club has played it many times with warbands ranging anywhere from 6-20 figures per player. Hard to beat a one-page set of rules, but even there it still somehow covers shield wall and some special rules to add period flavor.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2018 1:43 p.m. PST

I find Lion Rampant to be very simple, and as already stated, Song of Blades and Heroes.

As an interesting side note, I have a friend I tried to get into miniatures gaming and we used Song of Blades and Heroes. It's really simple and fun to use. You can't get much simpler. My friend, who is a big board gamer, spent the whole time complaining how miniatures games are so much more complicated than board games. I was shocked.

His favorite current game? Gloomhaven, which is a game so complex it is mind boggling.

JimSelzer15 Mar 2018 2:06 p.m. PST

pig wars

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2018 2:15 p.m. PST

Thank you all so far. I will be checking them all out.

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2018 2:31 p.m. PST

I can't find the Ravensfeast rules. Could somebody kindly post a link.

Thank you.

OneHuaiTicket15 Mar 2018 3:20 p.m. PST

Stay a mile away from Blood Eagle if you want simple! The rulebook gave me a headache and an aching desire to never play Vikings.
Simple, choose Song of Blades and Heroes. A BIT more complex, Age of Blood, free to download, based on the LOTR GW game rules, simple but full of Viking flavor

Personal logo Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Mar 2018 3:26 p.m. PST


And they are free. All the tables are on two pages. Have Stop boxes that talk you through the rules. Have a question, ask on the Forum.


Will have an answer within 24 hours.

Hobhood415 Mar 2018 3:45 p.m. PST

I'm looking into FUBAR Medieval One page rules Recommended in Dan Mersey's wargaming books (not his rule books!).

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Mar 2018 4:02 p.m. PST

Lion Rampant is fast, easy and FUN. Silly, but fun.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

Here's another vote for Battle Troll

Redblack15 Mar 2018 9:05 p.m. PST

"DAIS" Dark Age Infantry Slog by Andy Callan

Easy to play and gives the flavour of the period and is free


Mick the Metalsmith16 Mar 2018 8:15 a.m. PST

Misspelled it, RAVENFeast.

wehrmacht16 Mar 2018 8:41 a.m. PST

We've used GW's "Lord of the Rings" skirmish rules to good effect.

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2018 10:20 a.m. PST

Ok. I even got Ravenfeast now. And all the others too. There are some great choices here.

Thank you all very much. What a great hobby we have.


Dexter Ward16 Mar 2018 10:50 a.m. PST

Lord of the Rings works very well as a Dark Age skirmish set. Nice and simple, and easy to get hold of.

Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2018 12:30 p.m. PST

Here is that link for Ravenfeast.

PDF link

Olivero17 Mar 2018 3:44 a.m. PST

If you encounter problems with that website try here for the rules and additional stuff: link

And similar discussion here TMP link

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