Last Thursday when I was in Stockholm I was invited to participate in a Lion Rampant game with Michael "Dalauppror" at his club.
I had bought the rules and read them but I hadn´t actually played any games with it yet. And what a great opportunity to test out the rules with one of the people that play tested it before its release.
The setting was for some Danish Baltic Crusaders in the year of our lord 1219.
I took what I had painted on mostly single bases and it just happen to turn out that I could muster a 24point host.
The only problem was that the cursed heathens had seen it first.
- Make land fall. Deus Vult.
I had managed to take out the guards holding the objective.
Game two. The Danes was consolidating their position.
They were about to pick down the flag that somehow had get stuck in the treetop. The Danish forces was just about to enter their boats again, just leaving behind some troops trying to get the flag down and a unit to protect them when the heathens counter-attacked.
We played the same scenario again but switched positions, it was now the Danish turn to defend.
The knights left their positions as soon as they felt the smell of the unwashed heathens... That Wild Charge rule was not that fun when the enemy was taking cover in the forest.
My knights in red and white had by now taken sever casualties as they were constantly lured into the forest and I was unable to save them. They did some casualties on the enemy but considering the cost of the knights this was not a good tradeof.
The challenge ended with no casualties and both commanders retired to their unit.
My crossbowmen closed in and in following turns my knights and his men-at-arms combated each others until enough casualties was inflicted on the heathen army and they decided it was not worth the cost and left me in the position of the battlefield.
My Danes was then able to take down the flag from the treetop and set sail again.
This was my first games of Lion Rampant and I like the rules.
They are quick and simple. They got enough different unit types and with upgrades Im sure you could really build an army to your liking of game play. The streamline unit types are easy to understand and you can easily see what different units are and see how they will behave.
The mounted units in my army was real killers but had Micheal used the terrain more I would have been in real trouble. Im particularly impressed by my mounted Sergeants and are really looking forward too build all kinds of retinues.
A big thanks to Michael for inviting me to his club and if you want to hear the heathens side of the story please visit http://dalauppror.blogspot.se/2014/11/battle-of-lindanar-1219-lion-rampant-aar.html