Last Wednesday I had a chance to try a game, two games actually, of the fast-paced, very appealing Lion Rampant rules. We played at Carsten’s house – a former colleague of mine – and he provided the minis, the scenery and the story. All I had to do was to show up and play, which was quite nice for a change. As you probably know Lion Rampant is a much applauded and talked about skirmish game of Hollywoodesque medieval combat. The game is fast, it’s easy and very bloody. After having played it three times now I must say that it runs smoothly and I like the balance between fast gameplay and realism or whatever we should call it. You probably know what I mean. It’s also a nice change of pace from my usual retro-fantasy gaming.
Well, this evening Carsten had planned a small confrontation (24 pts.) between a host of Danish crusaders landing on the Estonian coast sometime around 1200 and a band of local defenders trying to kick the Danes back into the ocean.
The Danish knights, led by the noble Knud of Funen, were thus deployed with their back to the Baltic Sea and were facing the charge of the fierce Estonians led by chieftain Lembit. We managed to play the same scenario twice this evening and although the Estonian warriors gave their best they lost both games. A sad day for the pagans who, despite the brave efforts of Lembit, now have to prepare for further “Schwertmission”. Something I’m sure Carsten is already planning for the next time we meet up.
What you see here is some of the moments from the first game, where I played the Danes. In the second game we switched sides and although the confrontation was very different from the first, the end result was – as mentioned – the same.
The lighting was a bit dim for my camera and the colours on Carsten’s minis in my pictures come of more brownish than they in fact are. I still think you can get an impression of the fine work he has put into his sculpts. The miniatures come from a few different places and I cannot remember all of them; Gripping Beast and Perry Miniatures spring to mind though.