Vis Bellica Army Lists
Book 1: Chariots to 1st BC
By Robert Avery
The Vis Bellica rules which hit the wargames scene last year are gaining a growing following of loyal adherents, despite the competition from Wargames Research Group, and Warhammer Ancient Battles.
The first volume of the supporting army lists are now available covering Biblical Chariot armies to the classical period and early Roman Empire. The army lists are short, uncomplicated, and easy to follow. Despite this they seem to be comprehensive, and I have made a swift comparison with a set of more established lists.
In fact Robert quite freely credits the work done by WRG in developing the primary and authoritative Ancient Army list. Still, these lists are not simply a rewriting to fit a new rule system, they also include a solid core of personal research and interpretation undertaken from translations of primary sources. The lists are therefore new and refreshing.
As I am not a particular expert on the ancient period I have asked a number of gamers from local clubs to play test the rules and lists. The responses have been positive, and I understand that some armies are being rebased for VB as I write.
The lists are produced in an A4 format with a soft cover. The publication contains 48 pages, including 47 armies and a selection of black and white photographs of models from a variety of manufacturers, all for £7.75, more details available from www.visbellica.com
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