I find myself in a bit of a quandary…
I have been a fan of the Impetus rules ever since Basic Impetus was first published – the trouble is, it has never caught on at the wargames club I belong to.
I can certainly see their point of view – many are DBA / DBM / HOTT players, so when they play Ancients, they will tend to play one of these games – either that, or Commands & Colors: Ancients.
Now, you all know by now that I’m a big fan of the C&C:A game, but DBA and it’s family?…not so much.
But I want to play a ‘proper’ set of Ancients wargames rules – and more than that, because of the wargaming project I have in mind, I want to keep a similar set of rules for the Medieval and (if possible) Renaissance periods as well.
This rule set has several advantages – for a start there are people who already play it at club. It’s also a hugely popular rule set, so if ever I move I shouldn’t have trouble finding opponents. Thirdly, it fits in with several other systems that we already play (Blitzkrieg Commander, Cold War Commander & potentially Black Powder)
I really like the command & control system in this style of game, and in many ways having a similar style of rule set for many gaming periods certainly helps when it comes to learning new rules and new periods.
So, I bought the Warmaster Ancients rules along with the Medieval Armies supplement several weeks ago, and I’ve even gone as far as buying several packs of bases…
But then…I read issue 22 of Battlegames magazine, and more to the point, Mike Siggins’ thoughts on Black Powder and Bob Barnetson’s on Warmaster Ancients. And you know what? I can see their respective points about the downfalls of this system. And so, I’m having second thoughts…again.
So where does this leave me?
Well, at the moment, with several hundred (if not thousands) of 6mm figures in bags and boxes unpainted, and enough MDF bases to tile my bathroom floor with.
Is it back to Basic Impetus? Or forge ahead along with the Warmaster route?
Luckily, I don’t have to decide immediately, as my next few projects have nothing to do with either set of rules…
So I will do what I do best, and put off the decision until later 🙂