Lion Rampant in the Late Roman Era

Well it’s still cold and we’ve had more snow, so I thought some further gaming on the winter terrain was appropriate. I also recently re-read The Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem, so out came some Late Romans and their Goth enemies and over the weekend I played a few solo games using the excellent Lion Rampant rules.

I wanted to try some of the scenarios I hadn’t played before, so picked two 24 point forces and had a few goes of ‘Hammer and Anvil’, and one of ‘The Messenger’. Both require the forces to move a lot to achieve their objectives, which is always a challenge with the unpredictable activation rules in the Rampant series! My house rule is that all leaders have the Commanding trait to gain a re-roll on the first failed activation roll each turn (if the unit is within 12″). This suits me better, but a good plan can still be ruined when things don’t happen for you.

The figures are 15mm and I played at half-scale (ie. 2″ in the rules being 1″ on the table). It worked well on a 4’x3′.

The Hammer and Anvil games proved very tough to win for the side trying to exit the opposite table edge, but I did manage it once out of 3 attempts. I swapped the forces around to give each side a chance to attack and defend.

The Goths managed to get the Messenger through in the last game I played, having had a rough time of it initially.

All the games proved exciting, with some challenging decisions (even playing solo) and lots of incidents. I may just have to play a few more now!

4 thoughts on “Lion Rampant in the Late Roman Era”

    1. Thanks Andy. I think 15mm works really well. Multi-bases don’t matter, just count them as however many ‘figures’ you want (eg. I count my 40x30mm bases with 6-8 infantry models as 6 figures). The smaller table can help too.

    1. Thanks Simon, I just went with standard troop types for simplicity (eg. foot sergeants for legionaries and yeomen for lighter infantry), although I am aware there’s a well though-out Late Roman and enemies list on the Dux Rampant forum that I might dip into in future. My Goth heavy cavalry shouldn’t really count as mounted men-at-arms, with the wild charge rule, but I fancied it to help create some extra differentiation between the forces. Dave

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