Back to Basics….. Impetus Basic

In 2006 a friend introduced me to this great game. When full-fat Impetus was released I was one of the first to get a copy. I love the game.

Then I moved back to New Zealand in 2009. People here were still locked in the DBMM v FoG debate and ancients was really on the wane. I tried to get people to look at this for some time – even putting on a demonstration game with the assistance of an old friend. The usual grunts ensued from spectators, but of course bows and arrows against the wind really.

I put the idea on hold for some years whilst pottering with other thing and trying hard to fit back into 1986 (which is roughly where mindsets were when I arrived in 2009).

With the release of Dux Bellorum and a few demo games of that people have come to see the benefits of the big Impetus bases. They simply look better!

I was working on finishing a 2000 point WAB2 Saxon army with Vikings waiting in the wings when Warhammer Historical went arse up. I decided to pop these onto bases for Dux Bellorum and use them as Late Saxons for a while whilst I was putting together proper armies.

Then I realised that I only had to finish four or five more elements and I would have completed both a Saxon and Viking BI army. Game on.

So now things are spread from one end of the table to the other whilst I trim and assemble loads of Wargames Factory figures. Around 50 in fact. It will be worth the effort.

Here is a taster:



Dux Bellorum Variants

Wouldn’t you know it, before I get my first proper army on the table there are variants for many periods popping up. I for one like the idea of a Peloponnesian variant – after all there are very few troop types required and they can fit well within the existing definitions that Dan Mersey has already given us.

I am keen to try 1066 using the set – again all of the troop types present can be covered by the existing troop types.

I have always been interested in the Wars of the Roses and recently discovered a variant online for that too at a fantastic blog entitled “The Shire and Everything After“. This really is an excellent blog and some of the photos are very inspiring.

With the forthcoming release from Perry of dismounted Men at Arms this period is very very affordable now.

It is with some anticipation that I await Dan’s “Lion Rampant” rules, of which he has given us a few teasers on his site.

I have been busy rebasing 1066 Saxons for DB/Impetus of late. Pictures to follow soon.

A New Project

The main problem I face as a wargamer is that of focusing on a single thing. I tend to be a bit of a butterfly.

Recently I have found that the way to solve that is to take on smaller projects.

I bought Dux Bellorum when it first came out and have had a few games so far and am totally sold. I have been using my 1066 Saxons in sabot bases but feel it is time to go with a purpose built army.

db cover

I have decided to go with the Late Romans simply because I don’t need to buy any figures for it. I have a pile of Gripping Beast Late Romans I picked up from an online auction almost three years go. Time to get them out of the box.

A DB army is usually 32 points. So here is my initial thought for the army:

  • Mounted Companions with Leader (compulsory) – 5 points
  • Cataphract – 6 points
  • Two Noble Shieldwall (Legionaries) – 5 points
  • Two Ordinary Shieldwall – 3 points
  • Bow – 3 points
  • Two Foot Skirmisher – 1 point

Not the strongest combination and the Cataphracts are expensive, but they can take on both foot and mounted troops effectively.

First element on the painting blocks is the Bow. More to follow.