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POLL: Top Five Reasons Why You Like Ancient Wargaming


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PTL1815 Supporting Member of TMP writes:

What can I say..I like pikes and lots of them..the new aventines are awesome.


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VOTING RESULTS
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interesting troop types such as chariots, elephants, pike blocks etc.
150
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much more hand-to-hand rather than the use of fired projectiles. I like it 'up close and personal'
46
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figures are often easier to paint (i.e., naked spearmen)
4
0%
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historical sources give you some guidance but because they are incomplete leave some leeway in interpretation. I can paint my Roman tunics almost any color I want!
56
4%
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no two armies ever look exactly the same
27
2%
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you can find an opponent anywhere, worldwide
12
1%
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no one takes it personally when a nation becomes the bad guys
25
2%
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nearly every nation was a power at some point
13
1%
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it's not obsessed with sprockets and tehnological explanations ofr military sucess
18
1%
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tactics can make any army win even if armed with just a few sticks and stones and a little luck.
32
2%
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Amazon armies - they show up everywhere
12
1%
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Romans - History's first Meatgrinder
50
4%
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Elephants - only replaced by Giant Ants as Nature's Panzers
27
2%
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Ancients teach the basics of combined arms tactics
27
2%
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Ancients taught me how to run a campaign game
3
0%
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Ancient Naval games demonstrated Ramming is a viable option
8
1%
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Anabasis - civilian-inspired road trip
0
0%
 
Cleopatra, Boudicca and Zenobia - three women that scared the snot out of Rome
14
1%
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Bar Bar Bar Bar-berians (sing along…)
12
1%
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armies with big, big blocks of troops
20
1%
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irregular troops that don't have piping, epaulettes or complicated uniforms
21
2%
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for some armies, a refreshing tactical simplicity (you mean there are other tactics than a full-out frontal charge?)
14
1%
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painting is easy, in that the details are flexible = fun
20
1%
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'nekkidness' and woad tattoos and maiden guards and...
13
1%
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broad sweeps of culture and history to digest
40
3%
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almost 'anything' goes
5
0%
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there are only conventions, not rules
1
0%
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you are your own expert
2
0%
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no one can say you're wrong!
8
1%
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tossing sticks
0
0%
 
rowboats
0
0%
 
slingshots
3
0%
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running and screaming
9
1%
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swinging pieces of metal around
8
1%
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cataphracts
19
1%
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scythed chariots
5
0%
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pike phalanxes
23
2%
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horse archers
20
1%
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it's sexy!
6
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no army cannot be improved by the addition of elephants
23
2%
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variety
24
2%
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history
80
6%
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so much history to read
36
3%
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tar-daubed flaming pigs
11
1%
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the epic sweep of history
29
2%
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colorful characters
15
1%
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really colorful armies
32
2%
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You can tell your wife, 'But Hon, Amazons and Maiden Guard are real units and you want me to get the colors right don't you? Other wise all the guys will laugh at my paint job.'
6
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nothing quite as inspiring as an entire Roman Legion in 28mm
27
2%
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28mm Gauls are cool
10
1%
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Lakedaemonians
6
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an excellent magazine (Slingshot) to support it!
13
1%
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cool helmets
12
1%
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big, pretty shields
20
1%
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relatively easy to paint
16
1%
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tremendous variety of armies to choose from
64
5%
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the Persians were still powerful
4
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unique armies
14
1%
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figures available in all scales
27
2%
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flank marches
0
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ambushes
1
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wide variety of opponents
15
1%
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I've found a ruleset I'm happy with
34
2%
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throw in camels, wardogs, elephants & we have the 'menagerie effect'
11
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other (explain)
11
1%
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I don't like ancients
54
4%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

raducci Inactive Member writes...

I have a mild disquiet on all the "Top 5 reasons why I dislike…." threads.

Rules are a personal thing, and I do not think there are many absolutes, just opinions.

So perhaps a broader brush would be useful.

(Poll options taken from this pre-poll discussion.)