Sunday, 11 February 2018
Repurposing my 25mm Vikings
I offloaded my Later Greek Hoplites years ago and I'm planning to sell my Sassanid Persians, but I thought I'd repurpose the Vikings. Although the army would be relatively small for a game like Impetus, it will comfortably stretch to two skirmish-level warbands.
I had originally thought of using Saga, but I'm now more likely to try Landwasters and Raven Feeders, the official Dark Age variant of Dan Mersey’s Mediaeval rules, Lion Rampant. Some people have criticised Dan’s rules for being too simple, but I’ll live with having fun and finishing a game, or even two, in an evening.
When I first started collecting this army there weren't many multi-pose packs about, so I bought figures from different manufacturers and ranges so that every figure was unique. This mixture will now work to my advantage. The unarmoured infantry are pretty generic anyway, while the more stylistically-specific armored figures should split well enough into typically Anglo-Danish and Viking forces, though I do have some doubts that they would have been very distinguishable by the 11th Century.
The Lion Rampant Mediaeval categories readily translate into Dark Age types. OK, I’m aware of armour development, but this is a game not a scientific simulation, and the important thing is 'relative' difference.
These are the Mediaeval game categories and the Dark Age types I will have:
Anglo-Danish and Viking Huscarls with two-handed axes.
Armoured spearman - Select Fyrd or Viking Hirdmen.
Unarmoured spearman - General Fyrd, and Viking Bondi who will be additionally armed with mixed weapons (i.e. will include archers).
Viking Berserkir and Ulfhedhnar.
Anglo-Danish skirmishers and Viking scouts with various missile weapons.
Next step is to take the figures off the old bases, throw away those afflicted with lead rot and then rebase the survivors on 2p coins. For skirmish games I really don’t like the look of rectangular bases, and I’m not keen on movement trays either. If I’m short of figures I can press some half-painted ones into service as I have plenty of those in the lead mountain. These were on my workbench over twenty years ago, but were packed into a box when I moved house and have not seen the light of day since. I'll post some pictures when I've reorganised and rebased them.