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  • #144831
    OB
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    Crusades

    I’m currently enjoying Jonathan Phillips excellent biography The Sultan Saladin.  The Crusades is a long- term interest for me and the book has inspired a new project.

    In turn this has inspired a series of blog posts on the battles of the period and how the combatants fought.

    The first on what we should be looking for in games of Crusading warfare is on my blog.

    If it’s of interest here is the link:

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #144963
    OB
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    Crusades

     

    Part 2 of my series on Crusading Warfare is now up on my blog.  It is mainly about archery and its tactical importance to both Franks and Muslims.  If it’s of interest here is the link.

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #144971
    Mr. Average
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    I backed Microworld’s 6mm scale Crusader Kingdom set so this is definitely of interest to me!

    #144976
    OB
    Participant

    Good to hear Mr A.  There should be more next week.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #145401
    OB
    Participant

    Crusades

    The first part of my experimental Crusades game is now up on my blog.  It features King Guy of Jerusalem, Gerard Master of the Temple and Conrad Marquis of Montferrat and their retinues being intercepted on the march by the Ayyubids.

    Crusades

    The battle is fictional but nearly happened when the Crusaders headed out for Acre after the fall of Jerusalem.

    The point of the game was to see if I could successfully adapt an out of period rule set to one suiting Crusading warfare.  So far, it seems to be working nicely enough.

    Crusades

    Part two should follow later this week.  If it’s of interest please click the link.

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #145608
    OB
    Participant

    Crusades

    Part 2 of my experimental Crusades game is now on my blog.  It has proved eventful.  So far, I think it has captured the essentials of Crusader warfare well enough.  Knights have delivered their irresistible charge and other knights have had their horses shot from under them.

    If the game continues to please it will likely become my default set of rules for the period.

    If it sounds of interest here is the link:

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #145682
    Darkest Star Games
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    Very good that it can mimic real life.  2 turns and so many casualties, yikes!

    How do you think the rules would work in a hypothetical crusader vs crusader meeting?

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #145684
    OB
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    Yeah, it seems to have reflected what we know of Crusades fighting.  I should say a turn runs through the entire card deck so quite a lot happens.

    Yes, it would handle Crusader v Crusader battles very well.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #145692
    OB
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    Crusades

    The last part of my experimental Crusades game is now up on my blog.  I’m pleased with how it played out. The main features archery and the Frankish charge worked well.

    Next time I want to try a Fatimid versus Crusader match up which is a very different type of battle.

    If it sounds of interest please click the link below.

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #146417
    OB
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    Crusades

    I’ve made a good start on my Byzantine Army for the Crusades.  I’m using figures from Legio Heroics and Outpost Wargames Services as they work well together.  The first 4 units are done, another 8 to do.  I’ve updated my blog accordingly if you are interested in Byzantines here is the link.

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #146610
    Mr. Average
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    Still following this! A packet of 6mm fantasy crusaders is arriving today, and I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to handle the excitement.

    Right now I have in mind to base them as units in 1” x 1” bases. That way they’re good for Mayhem, Warmaster, and any number of historical milieus (when the fantasy bits are held in abeyance). Have not had time yet to look at your blog – what rules are you using?

    #146639
    OB
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    I’m using a modified version of Never Mind the Billhooks.  Suprising I know, but it seems to deliver the goods as far as Crusading warfare goes.  It’s fun too.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #146716
    OB
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    I wrote a piece about the Bedouin in the Crusading period that might be of interest.  There are some pics of Legio Heroica and Outpost Bedouin too.

    Crusades

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #146880
    OB
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    Crusaders

    Some thoughts on the first battle of Ramla fought between the Crusaders and the Fatimids is now up on my blog.  It’s an interesting encounter.  I was particularly struck by the role and armament of the Black infantry.

    Crusades

    If it is of interest here is the link.

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #147633
    OB
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    Crusades

    I have added a couple of Sudanese units to my Fatimid Army along with a unit of Armenian cavalry.

    Crusades

    The figures are from Legio Heroica and Outpost.  There are also some command figures and a base of Naphtha throwers.

    If it is of interest here is the link.

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

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