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03-10-2010, 03:34 PM
I'm looking to build up a decently sized force for my dad (and possibly myself), but I don't know where to start. There isn't a centralized community/ruleset/miniatures, that I could find.

Any of you lot have any good references?

03-10-2010, 03:53 PM
There ae quite a few different ways to go, here are a few suggestions:

Warhammer Historical (http://www.warhammer-historical.com/)
Artizan Design miniatures (http://www.artizandesigns.com/index.php)
Perry Miniatures (http://www.perry-miniatures.com/index2.html)
Victrix - Napoleonic war miniatures & rules which are quite nice...superb minis as well! (http://www.victrixlimited.co.uk/index.php)
Wargames Factory historical minis (http://wargamesfactory.com/)
Warlord Games - 28mm historical minis and rules (roman era with stunning minis) (http://shop.warlordgames.co.uk/)

Best of luck and keep us posted and trust me on this one, historical wargaming/recreation can be extremely rewarding!

Captain Castus
03-10-2010, 03:56 PM
Apart from Warhammer Historical (who only do rules?) my knowledge on this subject is nil...

I suspect the lack of an online community may be (in part) due to the fact that many historical wargamers are only just learning to email! :grin:


03-10-2010, 11:06 PM
What kind of era are you interested in mate?

There is a historicals board over at TWF though it does seem to be mostly Flames of War posts lately - clicky (http://warhammer.org.uk/phpBB/viewforum.php?f=11)

04-10-2010, 12:15 AM
What kind of era are you interested in mate?

It depends on whatever the club near Notre Dame plays, but I'm having the damndest time finding one; perhaps one doesn't exist?! :shocked: I was under the impression that Napoleonics were massively popular, but if circumstances allow, I'd be getting him an American Revolutionary Army as he's an avid reader of books on that period in history.

04-10-2010, 05:04 PM
I see a lot of historical wargamers playing warmaster ancients on veterans nights at GW HQ, it's for 6mm or 10mm games. I have the basic rulebook, warhammer ancient armies book, and the medieval book. All are very good.
This is a good web site http://www.kallistra.co.uk/ He charges £5.50 for 32 figures on foot, or £5.50 for 16 cavalry. There's also quite a few fully painted armies on ebay. But it has a big following, so they aren't cheap off ebay.

The main rulebook contains 25 army lists including the Egyptians of Rameses, Harold’s Saxons, William the Conqueror’s Normans, Caesar's Romans, Alexander's Macedonians, and others.

The medieval book contains army lists for Almoravid Moors, Army of El Cid, The Kingdom of Jerusalem, Anglo-Normans, Army of Saladin, Scots Army of David I, Army of Barbarossa, Lombard League, The Mongols, Armies of the Second Barons War, Armies of the Rebellious Borders (Welsh and Scots), The Polish-Lithuanian Union, The Teutonic Order, English Armies of the Hundred Years War, French Armies of the Hundred Years War, The Hussites, The Bohemian League, The Ottoman Turks, Wars of the Roses Lancastrians, Wars of the Roses Yorkists, The Black Army of Matthias Corvinus King of Hungary, Burgundian Ordonnance, Swiss, The Tudor Army, The Army of the Yorkist Pretender, Italian Condotta, The Scots Army of King James IV, French Ordonnance, The Samurai, The Koreans. Also siege rules in this book.

Warhammer ancient armies book contains army lists for Early Egypt, Sumer and Akkad, The Peloponnesian War, The Seleucids, Celtiberian, The Judean Revolt, Late Republican Roman, Meroe Numidian, Palmyra, Sarmatians, The Arabs, Arthurian, British, Bulgars, The Carolingian Franks, Celtic Ireland, The Rus, Thematic Byzantine, Visigoths, Qin China . This book also has rules for campaigns.

They have recently released a Napoleonic expansion (or it's due out for release very soon, i lose track of releases)

But, as you say it's best to wait to see what other people have. It's no good having a superb Napoleonic army if everyone is playing WW2 war games.

04-10-2010, 10:51 PM
It depends on whatever the club near Notre Dame plays, but I'm having the damndest time finding one; perhaps one doesn't exist?!

This is what happens when you try to play with the Fighting Irish, they are too busy getting into bar brawls to game :grin:

For Napoleonics I've heard that Black Powder (http://www.warlordgames.co.uk/?page_id=3177) is a good ruleset, its also written by Rick Priestley and Jervis.

08-10-2010, 12:31 PM
acient battles, is it that the rules all work toegther so you can have, for instance qin china vs celts or any other such matchup? if so, i ma7y have to invest ion those rule books...