Monday, 2 May 2016

Shieldwall Rampant Rules

At NWA (Nunawading Wargames Association) we've been playing a lot of Lion Rampant which invariably lead to a desire for a Dark Ages version. So I came up with Shieldwall Rampant.

I did a first draft which was pretty basic and it was quite good and a lot of fun to play. However, there were a few things that needed fixing as well as a bit more definition required for cavalry. So I worked on it a bit more and tested them out. A bit more tweaking was done and the result are the pdf that I'm hoping to post here (I don't know how to do it).

Anyway, they work well and add the flavour of the era. Cavalry is limited, as is archery. On the other hand an alteration to the Schiltron Special Rule into that of Shieldwall adds an extra bit of tactical decision making and the addition of another special rule: Thrown Weapons gives a static Shieldwall defence a bit of offensive power (not much though - Hitting on a 6 it took me 3 rolls of 12d6 to inflict 1 casualty).

Anyway, here's the download (I hope):

P.S. If you do happen to download these rules let me know what you think!



  1. The author of Lion Rampant has already done a Dark Age version. It was published in Wargames Illustrated around about April/May 2015!

    1. Hi David,
      Yes, I've seen it but I feel it doesn't quite capture the mid/later Dark Age era. To me it seems more suited to earlier "Arthurian" games. It doesn't seem quite right to me to have Companion riders, noble foot etc.

    2. Fair point. I will give your rules a try.

      I am planning on using Blood Eagle for my Dark Ages games, but it would be nice to have a slightly larger scale option too...

    3. Just two things: I forgot to specify that any unit with schiltron also counts as Shieldwall and if it's not mentioned in the pdf then the normal LR rules still stand.