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Monday, 7 March 2016

Chariots Rampant Game - Sumerians of Ur versus Lagash



View of the table


Other end


Armies of Ur (left) and Lagash (right) advance


Left flank of the army of Ur


Right flank of the army of Lagash


In Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy issue 82 there is an article, Chariots Rampant, by Pat Lowinger on ideas for adapting Dan Mersey's popular Medieval skirmish rules, Lion Rampant, to the bronze age. I was quite interested in this as I've really enjoyed the Lion Rampant games I've played and have quite a large collection of bronze age armies. We've organised a larger game with two 24 point forces, for a club game next Sunday, between Hittites and New Kingdom Egyptians.

I thought it would be good to try out the rules first in a solo test game. I used my Sumerians with the city of Ur versus Lagash, the forces were 24 point, fairly similar but Lagash had a Lullubi warband (fierce foot) and slingers rather than archers as skirmishers. Overall it seemed to play quite well, some units were brittle, while others like the Lullubi, were quite effective.

The Sumerian platform cars counted as light chariots but with reduced movement as they were quite slow and not very manouevrable. I used chariot runners as I haven't finished enough platform cars. Rereading the rules these count as six figures for casualties but at armour two instead of three as for the chariot models (each chariot counts as three models for casualties).



Chariot runners and platform cars charge in to contact



Ur's leader becomes battered


Royal Guard of Lagash are routed



Both sides have lost leaders - Lagash has half units remaining

22 comments:

  1. Fabulous miniatures on a very nice table :)

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  2. Happy to see this kind of antic armies...excellent!

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  3. Thanks for the enjoyable battle report. "Chariots Rampant" sounds very interesting. I need to get a copy of issue 82 of "Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy". Cheers, Karl

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    1. Thanks Karl, you can get a pdf of the issue from the publisher's website for under $5 AUD.

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  4. Great to see something different.

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    1. Thanks John, CR seems to work well and is a lot of fun to play.

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  5. lovely photos and games report!

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  6. Nice armies, Mike! I plan to try out my Trojan War armies using LR someday. I like the sizing of the units - seems somewhat historical, as I think the fought in warbands with tribal leaders to inspire and all.

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    1. Thanks Dean, your Trojan War figures would look amazing in a Chariots Rampant/Lion Rampant game. The rules seem to work well and it is a lot of fun to play.

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  7. Great to see the early city states back at war.

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    1. Thanks Colin, we have a larger Hittites vs NKE game lined up next Sunday. Part of the appeal with CR is you only need two painted chariots and twelve man units to play a game.

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  8. Can't believe while looking into Chariot Rampant you had already done and I had looked it.
    Too busy looking at the figures mabey. Guess I thought rules would not be for me but now planning on a few solo games. Perfect for slow painters. Tempted to use 3 chariots in a unit if it does affect mechnaics of rules too much.

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  9. It is good fun Colin and the size of the armies make it a reasonable painting target as well. You could probably use three chariots instead of two and just change the number of casualties a chariot is worth - normally three but you could make it two...

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