Wednesday, December 22, 2021

All PDFs now hosted on Google Drive

Yesterday evening, I uploaded to Google Drive all the Warmaster and Black Cross PDFs from the blog. Everyone should be able to download them from Googele Drive. I also fixed any broken links in the old blog posts announcing each new army. If you have issues downloading the files, please let me know.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Moving PDFs to new host

Since the beginning of the blog, I've been storing all the blog's PDFs on the same server that hosts my Conrail Cyclopedia website, which since 1998 has been devoted to railroading in the Northeast. Unfortunatly, the server hasn't switched to https yet, so most browsers are giving fits downloading the PDFs from it. This has been preventing folks from downloading my Warmaster armies. I'm in the process of moving the files to Google Drive and updating all the blog pages that reference the files. The plan is to work backward in time, starting with most recent posts to the oldest posts. Hopefully, it won't take long, but with the holidays time gets scarce.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

New Early Imperial Roman Paper Army

Over the last few months, I've been working slowly on revising my Early Imperial Roman army set, which I posted six years ago. There wasn't anything horribly wrong with the set. I've used it in my own gaming. I just wanted to make it better and fit easily on the comic backing boards like other sets with eight rows of counters.

I also wanted to use the many new figures that have been released over the past several years, while standardizing the height of the infantry and cavalry. I also wanted to use troops that the EIR would have used depending on the battle. For example, Balearic Slingers, Numidians, Spanish, Praetorians, and Sarmations. I've listed some of these later in the post, so you know what they are. I've also posted some new army lists to try out. I imported everything else from the old EIR post, deleting it and its files from my server.

Other than the artillery units and the original General stands, I have remade every counter in this set.

Generic Set: The generic set will go up soon. I will include heavy cavalry based along the long counter edge and two army camps, which some other games use. I'll post it on the Warmaster Paper Armies page with the other generic sets.


Printing the Counters
Print the counter sheets at actual (100%) size. Do not print to "fit margins." You can cut the counters and then use them how you like. If printing on card stock, for example, 110lb has worked well for me. You could also glue the counters onto wooden stands from Litko, giving them a miniatures feel. I sized this set so each page of counters will fit on a cheap 'Silver Age' comic backing board. Spray glue the sheet onto the backing board, and then cut out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with a steel ruler. The counters will last a long time this way. However you do it, I hope you enjoy using this set of counters. Let me know what you think in the comments below.


Click on the counter set images below to download the the complete army counter set in PDF.

 

Warmaster Sample Armies

1000 Points
1x General w/Portents
1x Legate
1x Veteran Legion
4x Legions
2x Auxiliaries
2x Archers
1x Heavy Cavalry
2x Light Cavalry
Total Points: 995

1000 Points
1x General
2x Legates
4x Legions
4x Auxiliaries
1x Archers
2x Skirmishers
1x Light Cavalry
1x Scorpion
Total Points: 995

1000 Points
1x General
1x Legate
1x Veteran Legion
4x Legions
3x Auxiliaries
1x Archers
2x Skirmishers
1x Heavy Cavalry
1x Scorpion
Total Points: 990

1000 Points
1x General
1x Legate
5x Legions
3x Auxiliaries
1x Archers
2x Skirmishers
1x Heavy Cavalry
1x Scorpion
Total Points: 980

1000 Points
1x General
2x Legate
4x Legions
4x Auxiliaries
1x Archers
2x Skirmishers
1x Light Cavalry
1x Scorpion
Total Points: 995

2000 Points
1x General w/Portents
3x Legates
2x Veteran Legions
8x Legions
6x Auxiliaries
3x Archers
3x Skirmishers
1x Heavy Cavalry
2x Light Cavalry
2x Scorpions
Total Points: 1975

2000 Points by Nick Harwood
2x Veteran Legion
8x Legion
6x Auxiliaries
3x Archers
5x Skirmishers
1x Heavy Cavalry
1x Light Cavalry
2x Scorpion
1x General w/ Portents
3x Legates
Total Points: 1975 (23/12)

2000 Points by Robert Waller
2x Veteran Legion
8x Legion
6x Auxiliaries
2x Archers
2x Skirmishers
2x Heavy Cavalry
2x Light Cavalry
2x Scorpion
1x General w/ Portents
3x Legate
Total Points: 1985 (24/12)

Light Cavalry

Light Germanic Cavalry

Light Moorish Cavalry

Light Numidian Cavalry

Light Roman Cavalry

Light Roman Cavalry

Skirmishers

Balearic Slings

Roman skirmishers

Germanic slings

Numidian javelins

Spanish Caetrati

Heavy Cavalry 

Note the images are aligned with the bottom of the counter, unlike before.

Praetorian

Sarmation

Command Units

The Legate and General images are from the excellent First Legion "toy soldiers," which cost only $60 upward! The Legate holding his helmet is from King & Country toy soldiers. Yes, this Legate is the same height as the others. The helmet gives the illusion of greater height! I wish I had the money for these "toy soldiers"! I love the new General with his tent. The other two generals are an homage to the old set. Plus, the variety of generals and legates allows this set to be used in Roman Civil War battles.

Legate
Legate

General
Emperor Marcus Aurelius

Saturday, May 15, 2021

New "Basic" Ancient Counters Sets

These have long been asked for and a long time in coming. You can find these new "basic" ancient counter sets on the Warmaster Paper Armies page. They use the same counters from their Warmaster Ancients counterparts, except these counters do not contain unit labels and are not grouped into pre-made units. These sets can provide greater flexibility for those who play other DBA-based games or for those not wanting labels on their counters. As I post a new WMA set, I will post its corresponding basic set. As time permits, I will create basic sets for older WMA and Fantasy sets. (I have to rework some counters from older sets, so those will take longer to post. Plus, I am trying to return to actual figure painting.) Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Norse Warmaster Ancients Paper Army

If you like Dark Age armies with tons of infantry and nothing but infantry, this army should appeal to you. This is the third of my Dark Age paper armies from the original Warmaster Ancients core rulebook: the Norse, the Normans, and the Anglo-Saxons. All these armies fought one another. If you are playing in 10mm, all the usual sources have a line of Norse miniatures. You can find a list of 10mm manufacturers on the Norman army page.

Norman Army Rules
Norse Warmaster Ancients Army List
As always, you can use the Warmaster Army Selector website to create Norse army lists. As I've done for the other two armies, I've also included a scan of the Norse army page from the Warmaster Ancients rulebook. This is the only army list for the Norse. Other than a fantasy version for Warmaster Revolution, no other historical variant has been published that I am aware of.

I have also included a scan of the Norse page from the Ancients rulebook, listing all the army information and tactics. You can download it as a pdf file by clicking its image to the right. No variant army lists were posted for the Norse, but the fantasy-based Warmaster Revolution does have their own Norse list.

Printing the Counters
Print the counter sheets at actual (100%) size. Do not print to "fit margins." You can cut the counters and then use them how you like. If printing on cardstock, for example, 110lb has worked well for me. You could also glue the counters onto wooden stands from Litko, giving them a miniatures feel. I sized this set so each page of counters will fit on a cheap 'Silver Age' comic backing board. Spray glue the sheet onto the backing board, and then cut out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with a steel ruler. The counters will last a long time this way. However you do it, I hope you enjoy using this set of counters. Let me know what you think in the comments below.


Click on the counter set images below to download the the complete army counter set in PDF.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Normans Warmaster Ancients Paper Army

As the opening of the Normans entry in the Warmaster Ancients rulebook states, "Here is an army fit to conquer England. It is based upon that of Duke William and as such represents the Norman army of the second half of the 11th century." This is the 31st counter set I have made for the original fantasy version of Warmaster, Warmaster Revolution, and Warmaster Ancients core rulebook. It's been fun returning to historical armies. If you like these Normans, check out my Anglo-Saxon counter set.

Norman Warmaster Ancients Army List
The Warmaster Army Selector website lists all the armies in the Ancients core rulebook, so you can use it to create your own Norman army. I don't have any sample Norman armies to present, but it shouldn't be too hard to figure out some.

I have also included a scan of the Normans page from the Ancients rulebook, listing all the army information and tactics. You can download it as pdf file by clicking its image to the right. The Normans take a single page in the rulebook, so that makes it easy! On his old Warmaster website, Rick Priestley did have an army list for Sicilian Normans (1035-1194), which is very different from the one presented here. Right now, I have no plans for that army.

Ancients Using Warmaster Revolution?
Also, if you do not own Warmaster Ancients and do not feel like rummaging around online for a copy, I would think the Warmaster Revolution rules would suffice because they merged the Ancients rules into the Fantasy rules. Don't quote me on this. I haven't done any comparisons. If anyone knows if using the Revolution rules would or would not work for Ancients armies, please leave a comment below.

Old Glory 10mm
10mm Norman Miniatures
For those looking to recreate a Norman army, here are a few suggestions in various scales. They are the usual suspects for 10mm. Let me know in the comments if I missed any 10mm Normans or what you think about them.


Old Glory Miniatures has 8 packs of 10mm Normans. Two of those pack are command, one mounted and the other foot. I'm not sure if William and Bishop Odo would be in there.

Magister Militum has a number of Norman packs, but their website always drives me nuts. I leave it to you to search for them!

Pendraken Miniatures, the perennial historical 10mm manufacturer, has 9 packs of Normans, one of which is a command pack.

Kallistra has six packs of Normans, one of which is a command pack. Of course, these are on the 12mm side.

I wanted to add a 15mm listing, but have run out of time tonight. That will be another post for another day.

Battle of Hastings in 10mm
If you want to see an excellent Battle of Hastings recreated in 10mm using Pendraken miniatures and the Warmaster Ancients rules, check out Dan Becker's website. He also gives a good historical overview of the battle and advice on painting Saxons and Normans in other scales as well. His page is from 2019. Tell him I said hi!

The troops are deployed. Let the battle begin!


Printing the Counters
Print the counter sheets at actual (100%) size. Do not print to "fit margins." You can cut the counters and then use them how you like. If printing on cardstock, for example, 110lb has worked well for me. You could also glue the counters onto wooden stands from Litko, giving them a miniatures feel. I sized this set so each page of counters will fit on a cheap 'Silver Age' comic backing board. Spray glue the sheet onto the backing board, and then cut out the counters using a sharp Xacto knife with a steel ruler. The counters will last a long time this way. However you do it, I hope you enjoy using this set of counters. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Click on the counter set images below to download the the complete army counter set in PDF.