New Plan

I picked up a discounted copy of Field of Glory off of eBay… it arrived last Friday along with a copy of the “Rise of Rome” supplement.  Having taken 4 years of Latin in high school and another year in college, I’m an unashamed Romanophile, so Republican Romans are in the pipeline.  

Why ancients all of a sudden?  A few reasons.  First, I’ve always enjoyed the ancient period, but the rules have left me lacking… WRG 7th edition was too hardware-oriented and detailed for my tastes, and DBM was too gimmicky.   Other rules sets I came across looked interesting, but would have been a hard sell among the local crowd for a variety of reasons.  

Now comes Field of Glory, by Osprey.  Keeps the same basing as the WRG rules, but seems to have a rules system that flows better and provides a good model for ancient combat.   FOG also has some legs with the local gaming community, and there are plenty of armies in the area.  So it’s all good.

The second reason?  From what I’ve been able to tell, horse & Musket gaming in this area is so fragmented and disorganized that I can’t justify spending limited hobby funds on any period right now bar a small investment in 15mm SYW.   Lots of things are played, but for the most part, those periods are already awash in figures… who needs yet another corps of French for Napoleon’s Battles?    For now, I want to paint something I can play, and there isn’t a horse & musket period that grabs me enough right now.  I’ll revisit horse & musket at a later date.

So Punic War-era Republican Romans… I am looking at the Xyston range. Yes, they’re huge (especially the newer ranges), but they’re damn purty, and why shouldn’t Roman supermen tower over their lesser antagonists?  Yeah, I know the average Roman was short… bill me.

I’m selling a bunch of stuff on eBay right now to raise funds for the new figs.  Hopefully in a weeks’ time I’ll have the cash to put together a nice order for a starter FOG army.


3 Responses to “New Plan”

  1. 1 Chris H October 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve started playing Field of Glory recently and it’s the first set of ancient rules that I’ve been happy with since WRG 6th. All the games I have had so far with Fog have flowed in a reasonable, believable way. I am particularly happy with the way skirmishers work i.e. they do actually work!

    I’ve been building up at set of armies using 20mm plastics, because they are cheap enough that I can actually manage it. Having a range of armies makes it easier to introduce non-ancient gamers to the rules. My first wargames army 30 years ago was an Airfix Roman army, so I’ve gone full circle, going back to 20mm plastics via 25mm, 15mm and then 28mm metals.

    You can see the progress I am making with my armies on my blog.

  2. 2 JoeBoy October 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Check out the Field of Glory 28mm plastics too. They’re designed to match up with Rise of Rome.

  3. 3 Bart October 7, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Chris H: Thanks for your comment! I’ll be sure to check out your blog. I’m hopeful that FOG works for me as well as it works for you.

    Joe: Thanks for your comment as well. The 28’s look great, and some of the periods being played locally are using the larger scale figures.

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