Nigel turned up at the club last night with two massive Medieval hosts which at first I thought was being brought in for the Bring and Buy at the Durham Club's Open Day next week on Saturday June 13th, it was one and quite a lot of English Archers "Thasends of 'em" in fact..... much to my surprise they were not for sale but were to try out Simon Miller's (that's BigRedBat to you and me) To the Strongest rules! Hurrah I thought!
I'd just picked up a hard copy of the rules from Simon at Partizan and was itching to use them. As a matter of fact I was supposed to be taking part in the play testing of the rules a while back but personnel circumstances soon put the kibosh on that and I wasn't able to contribute. I've seen a few of Simon's games usually at Partizan and Salute and they all looked highly impressive and had a nice linear feel to them which was well suited to at one to both Ancient and Medieval Battles. To the Strongest is also a rule set that I'm seriously thinking of using these same rules for the Battle of Hastings demo game I'll be running on behalf of the Lance and Longbow Society at Salute next year, it being the 950th Anniversary of Hastings.
To be honest, we had so many fluke card turns that it wouldn't be fair of me to comment on the rules and how they functioned in a HYW battle as we seemed to blunder from one crisis to another on the battlefield! I'm going to reserve judgement until next week when we will all also have read the rules and will be in a much better position to comment.
I will say this, the rules are very slick and fast paced which at first comes as a bit of a shock if one is used to rolling bucket loads of dice but after a while, once you get used to it, the system works very well (OK, in practise it would have if both sides had not had so many fluke results!).
So, here's the pictures of the game. All the miniatures belong to Nigel and they are from a collection that he's been slowly building up for the last twenty years or so.
Also, much to my amusement there was some De Bellis action on one of the other tables; I know! such beautfifully miniatures needed better quality pics!! :>)
Bye for now.