For a change of pace, I got a game of Impetus this week against my old foe Markus. We’ve not played much Impetus for a while, so this game was marked by having to flick through the rules quite a bit more than we usually have to, but it was still a pretty quick game. Unfortunately, it was very, very ahistorical, featuring my 14th Century English Hundred Years War army versus Markus’ (I think) 2nd or 3rd Century BCE Antigonid army. Some successor army, anyway. That’s a very large gap between the two periods, and the progress of military technology alone should have ensured that my brave lads would win, but Markus
is used to losing against me doesn’t mind losing as long as the game is enjoyable, and so he was happy to play against me. At some point in the future, Markus and a few others at the club will hopefully paint up and employ some medieval armies of their won for a more historical match-up, and I intend to get some of the rather fancy Xyston miniatures for my own successor period army – possibly a Graeco-Bactrian army.
We decided on 300 points; we both have this amount of points painted up, and I always prefer to use fully painted armies when I play. I have another 100 or so points painted up, and another 200 to 300 points ready to be painted up in the future, so I’ll be able to field a decent army in the fairly near future, and could even provide two small 300 point armies if I split them in two. I also have a few units of crossbow and peasants and the like to morph this army into a Free Companies one, which I’ll have to try some time. I’m not sure of Markus’ list, but mine consisted of the following: Average command structure, one poor general (in the form of the King and his Heavy Cavalry), two other Heavy Cavalry units, two units of Welshmen with Long Spear, 6 units of English Longbowmen, and a unit of Heavy Artillery. My initial positions were thus: