Dark Ages Volume 2

RETHINKING SAXON WARGAMING
What do you mean, shieldwall? Dr Ryan Lavelle has been studying Saxons for quite a few years, and here he presents his alternative views on some of the long-held tenets of Saxons in wargaming.

HOW TO BUILD A SAXON CHURCH
After a short break, Paul Davies returns with his latest terrain project, the construction of a Dark Ages church.

WARRIORS TO WAR
The Gripping Beast 2011 demo table is a fabulous representation of The Battle of Maldon in miniature, and we were keen to   feature it in this month’s theme content. Rules writer extraordinaire Rick Priestley joined us for some Hail Caesar action on the board, and this article gives you a blow-by-blow account of the re-fight.

THE CHALLENGE OF DARK AGE GAMING
Is it possible to replicate realistic Dark Age warfare on the tabletop? Warhammer Ancient Battles II author Martin Gibbins explores this question and discusses how different rule sets deal with ‘the shieldwall’.

THE FURY OF THE NORTHMEN
Rick’s back for a second helping this issue, this time he takes on Gripping Beast’s Darren Harding at a game of SAGA – their new Dark Age skirmish game. All the lowdown on the battle and the rules here.

HOW TO BUILD ANGLO-SAXON TENTS
Dr Ryan Lavelle gets some help from master model maker Matt Parkes as he explains how to convert Renedra ridge tents to represent Anglo-Saxon tents.

ALFRED’S LAST BATTLE
Prof. Ryan Lavelle makes a welcome return to the pages of WI with a ‘Last Stand’ introducing gamers to Dark Age naval warfare – Vikings against Saxons.

AGE OF RAVENS
Clash of Empires author Stuart McCorquodale plays out an exhibition Anglo-Danes versus Normans battle for his rules using the new Age of Ravens Dark Age supplement.

BATTLE OF KARBALAH, 680 AD
Warhammer Ancient Battles II author Martin Gibbins turns his talented hand to SAGA presenting a new Battleboard for the Arabs and a scenario for a refight of the most famous ‘Last Stand’ in Islamic history.

SAGA: THE BYZANTINES
SAGA author Alex Bouchel has supplied us EXCLUSIVELY with a new (and 100% official) SAGA faction and Battleboard – The Byzantines. You will find all the information you need to introduce your first eastern faction into SAGA here, and if you flip over your mag – you will find the Battleboard on the back cover.