Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hail Fantasy !

Hail Caesar by Warlord Games


This time for something different:
Preparations for a game of Hail Caesar fantasy.

This year one of our biweekly meetings falls on Good Friday. So we took the chance to start a bit earlier and will have a rather large fantasy game then. the idea to use the Hail Caesar ruleset in favour arose because one of the fellows in the THS tried it with 18mm fantasy figures and it worked rather well as long as you ignore magic for now.

Actually his playtesting based on the awesome miniatures and terrain he prepared for Crisis 2012 and Tactica 2013. If you took a trip to Antwerp or Hamburg you'll probably remember the board. Otherwise you might have a look back to my review the board and the trip: Part 1 and Part 2. Unfortunately I wasn't able to visit Tactica this year but you could find some excellent pictures of the show in the web. Especially here. Pics of Roberts board are to be found in the lower third of the article. The terrain which he added for Tactica is really worth a look ("Castle Keep").

A view of Robert's excellent board.
However when forces became too large for Triumph and Tragedy we tried Hail Caesar with them. Ignoring magic we used the Hail Caesar Army Lists to find historical troop type matching the fantasy units. So dwarves became "Heavy Infantry", Goblin Wolfriders became "Light Cavalry" and so one. Great advantage of the Hail Caesar rules is that they resemble Blackpowder a lot which we know very well from our Napoleonic, SWI and ACW games.

Thereby the idea arose to make a large fantasy game in 28mm and we started to collect the forces. That was a rather easy task since any of us has got some fantasy troops lurging around in boxes or cupboards. Probably I'll field two divisions of Bretons: One consisting of brave knights and one of humble henchmen. So until then I'll have to put my Napoelonic efforts on hold a bit and prepare the Bretonnian figures and learn the rule.

But hoping you're interested in them I'll present some pictures of my good old fantasy forces.

15 comments:

  1. This could be seriously good fun, can't wait to see the results.

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    1. Thanks for your interest, Michael.
      I'll do my very best to present some knights this week. Maybe a short AAR of our test game on 15th March...

      Cheers
      Stefan

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  2. The table is a blast! (I think i've seen it on the Tactica, or am I wrong?)

    Playing "Hail Caesar Fantasy" sounds fun, looking forward to reading your AAR.

    Cheers,
    Thomas

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    1. Yes, Robert's work on this is awesome. You might have seen it at Tactica since four fellows of the team went there and presented it. Though the table was set up a bit differently and Robert added some new pieces.

      Cheers
      Stefan

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  3. I went back and looked at that table. The detail on that terrain is great. I really liked the shot of the dwarf army. I'm keen on Fantasy. I have Wood Elves, High Elves, Dwarfs and Gnomes. Soon I will have Orcs and then I'll have to start in on Goblins. I just can't find Goblins that grab me yet.

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  4. I have seen it before but it deserves another mention, absolutely fantastic terrain.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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  5. Sounds like a great idea and that board is really something else!

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  6. My my that's a great looking board!!!

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  7. What a great fecking board, I would never dismantle it!

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  8. Great stuff Monty I look forward to seeing what you do with this!

    Those interested, look here for more.
    http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/HailCaesarFantasy/
    Thanks Monty!

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    1. Hi Scott,

      thanks for the link. I've just sent a request for joining to the moderator.

      Cheers
      Stefan

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  9. Thanks for all the praise for the gaming board. I'll hand it to Robert. He'll be delighted certainly.

    Cheers
    Monty

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  10. Thanks Stefan for posting the pic of my game again, and thanks to everyone else for all the nice comments.
    Praise always inspires me to keep on improving/working on the collection.
    Robert

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