Wow – look at what arrived in the mailbox today!

Only 4 years in the making… and talking… and debating….. and faffing….. and rewriting…… oh you get the idea.


Many thanks to Mike at Black Hat Miniatures for getting these in stock, in the post and to my door in amazing time.

Some armies have changed quite a bit, many a little and some not at all. On the whole I like the new layout which actually tells you what troops are involved rather than just the game type. For example is now says such things as 4x Select Fyrd (Sp) rather than just 4x4Sp.

There is also a nice little blurb at the beginning of each list covering a few details on the army. This is a nice touch that expands on that from 2.2 and fortunately does not go on in the way that occurs in the DBMM lists.

The book itself is 144 pages, has both a rule index and an army index at the rear and lots of excellent diagrams at the beginning. Overall there are just over 100 pages of army lists.

On the whole these are fantastic value and we are now well set for another decade of excellent gaming.

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Italian Wars – the Rules

Every war gamer faces the same dilemma – what rules to use? I have never been a fan of the “one set to rule them all” approach. DBR is a very good example of how a good idea just should never have been allowed to go so far.

I have a few sets of rules that will probably do the job, such as Crusader and War & Conquest. I thought about Impetus – but as I am using this for War of the Roses and Punic Wars armies I felt it would be tedious to use them again for this project. I ordered a copy of Frank Chadwick’s Condottiere rules and have been looking at these.

Condottiere cover

So far after one reading they have not ripped of my socks. There are some nice ideas in there but I am not convinced.

I will try them though. I will give them a few games to see how they pan out. I am not expecting much, so have little to lose. I do like the random army generation and a few of the random event ideas though, so who knows.

Firstly I have to get the armies together.

One of the greatest inspirations has been the release of the Perry plastic sets – particularly the European Mercenaries and Men at Arms sets. When the Light Cavalry box is released soon most of the troops I will need to buy will be available in plastic. Pro-Gloria have their plastic Landsknechts under way also – so an even bigger saving!

One thing I do know about the game is how the figures will be based. 40mm squares for foot (with 4, 3 or 2 figures depending upon type) and 50mm squares for cavalry (2 figures). This makes the bases sturdy enough to pick up and move around without damaging figures and also small enough to make storage and transportation easier.

This basing also fits nicely with all of the rulesets I am considering.

Italian Wars – the Inspiration

Every project needs a spark. For me it was the wonderful blog of James Roach. The Olicanalad postings are full of beautiful figures, fantastic games and lovely terrain. Nothing here is too difficult to reproduce – James is a normal bloke who just seems to be able to paint really fast! Here are a few examples.


Olicana2 Olicana3 Olicana4

Like I said – inspirational!

What caught my eye the most were the buildings. As I looked through James’ blog I discovered he had used the building blanks from Warbases. I promptly ordered two of each and a few extra doors and windows. Assembling these has occupied a little time today – I am almost finished the eight modules.

I will play around with these until I find the combinations I like and order more buildings! It is nice to get the last part of the project under way first – the scenery!

Italian Wars – a Beginning.

I have been fascinated with this period for as long as I can remember. George Gush’s articles in Airfix magazine in the early 70s were my earliest memories followed by hundreds of games at the Invercargill Military Modeller’s Club using 15mm Minifigs strip figures and George’s Renaissance rules published initially in 1976.

Gush 1st

Since then I have owned many armies and played many games in many scales – but the fascination has always remained. Recently when surfing the interweb I found new inspiration to begin a new Italian Wars project.



I have been playing Impetus on an off since 2006 when a friend introduced me to this wonderful game. In 2009 I returned to New Zealand – and hit a brick wall as noone here wanted to know. Gamers here were still in the Barker loop – if it ain’t Phil’s it ain’t good. Mostly I feel exactly the opposite.

So when I recently purchased a large 28mm War of the Roses army I made the decision to base it to Impetus. At the same time two of my long suffering opponents had already made the switch! So far I have rebased over 600 points with another 200 or so to go.

Why so many then the usual army sizes are 300-500 points? I have two armies….. There is no rush for anyone else to buy and assemble an army. Most importantly I can field pretty much every option on the army lists. All I need to put together to complete the army is a unit of pike, a unit of crossbow and two units of currours.

Grant and I had a great game at the Drury club on Saturday. Grant had been unsure about the system, but after two games he is convinced that this system is a winner. Old news for me of course! We also managed to score another player who just happened to pop in! Brilliant.