Army Lists Volume 2
First to Tenth Century AD
By Robert Avery
I am not an ancient gamer and I find myself a little bemused at times at the strength of feeling generated amongst partizans for different rule packages. When I asked a group of gamers to play test the Vis Bellica rules on their release I was greeted by a wall of disinterest; as WAB players they were put off by tables and seemingly complex calculations. But now 12 months later, these same folk are queuing up for a sight of these new lists, and I know that there has been a certain amount or rebasing of armies going on.
So gamers up and down the country will be waiting for this volume, and it seems to me that the wait has been worth it. There are 106 armies detailed in these lists including Dacians, Vandals, Saxons, Franks, Cambodians, Chinese, and Byzantines. However the balance of the rules encourages the use of roughly contemporay armies, although historically fantasy games may also be played the more ancient the army the less likely that its traditional tactics will be successful.
The list are in an A4 softback format, with 64 pages, including army list, black and white pictures of a range of miniatures from a variety of manufacturers.
Volume three of the lists is scheduled for release later this year and will cover the remaining years to the introduction of effective firearms. Also due soon is Vis Magica, a set of fantasy rules produced using the same game mechanisms as the ancient rules.
the lists retail at £8.99, and more details of these and earlier volumes can be found at www.visbellica.com
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