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RogerC30 Jan 2022 4:53 a.m. PST

A couple of weeks back we playtested James Morris's Midgard rules with North European Bronze Age figures, cracking game, write up and some pictures here:


RogerC30 Jan 2022 5:03 a.m. PST


RogerC30 Jan 2022 5:04 a.m. PST

Really not gettign the hang of pasting pictures up sorry, blogger images for soem reason have a slightly different address and wont work when I copy them in.

4DJones30 Jan 2022 5:38 a.m. PST

Is there any evidence of military training and discipline and troop formations in the Bronze Age? I ask because otherwise I can't see why frontage should be important in the rules.

RogerC30 Jan 2022 5:44 a.m. PST

There is evidence yes, most of the European and Mediterean used formations with long spears which would have required soem level of formation training and discipline. That said if formations are not at least a similar frontage how do we consider how many different formations might contact other ones from a wargaming perspective? Either way enjoyable rules.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2022 10:01 a.m. PST

There is archeological evidence that the armies of Sumer and Ur consisted of a relatively small number of elite soldiers – sort of "Royal Guard" – with a much larger number of conscripts armed with spears who served for a set period of time; as noted, it would be likely that they would have been trained in the use of them. There is some more recent work suggesting that you can train conscripts who do what they're told to use spears in formation relatively quickly – and those ancient peasants likely knew to do what they were told!

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4DJones30 Jan 2022 11:39 a.m. PST

I should have been more precise: I was thinking of North European Bronze Age peoples.

RogerC30 Jan 2022 3:01 p.m. PST

I get that, but even with North European the main warbands are using the long spear in the same way as the Greeks and Trojans, the Warrior elite would I asusme also be well trained. Ecavations at Tolenz found warriors who had travelled from all over Europe to fight a huge battle near the Baltic which speaks of organisation and drive if nothign else, this isnt just inter triabl raising. Taking all that aside I dont see why having a common frontage to units would be anything other thana benefit.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2022 5:15 p.m. PST

Looks like a potentially interesting game!


4DJones31 Jan 2022 1:00 a.m. PST

Many thanks for the info.

RogerC31 Jan 2022 11:31 a.m. PST

Pleasure guys, thanks for the interest.

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