Monday, August 10, 2009

Field of Glory Gaming Companion Army List Books
Osprey and Slitherine Publishing

Two army lists for the very popular Field of Glory (FoG) rules cover armies from the Greek, Persian, Macedonian wars and the Crusades. Like the first two Gaming Companion books, they are beautifully illustrated with drawings from Osprey books and individually painted miniatures. Every army has a brief history, brief notes on troop types and customized notes for each army/allies. Immortal Fire has lists for 11 different armies and 12 allies (not all have the option for allied armies). The armies in the book include classical, Hellenistic and Kryrean Greeks, Achaemenid Persians, Egyptians, Indian, Alexandrian Macedonian and Successor armies, to name only a few – with the many allied contingents available, the possible army combinations are almost limitless. These armies encompass forces from three continents and span about 600 years from the 7th to the 1st centuries BC. It is a must for those who wish to recreate the armies and campaigns of Alexander or Darius! The army that really catches my eye as “cool” is the classical Indian army with the choice of elephants, chariots, disciplined cavalry and clubmen with heavy weapons. 64 pages with index.
Swords and Scimitars, as the name suggests, covers the armies of the Crusades from the 11th through 13th centuries. There are 18 different Crusader and Muslim armies with 20 possible allies and every army has the option to construct allied contingents. Besides the traditional early and late Crusader armies there are many other Christian crusader armies available from which to choose. Armies from Egypt through the Caspian Sea are but a few of the Muslim army choices. I admit a personal preference for the later Crusader armies because of the uniforms of the mounted knights. Another very interesting army is the Sryian States as it represents an army of convenience of Christians and Muslims! 64 pages with index.
These two new books, with many more already published and more to come, help gamers wargame ancient and medieval battles. The specific composition of each army is up to the individual gamer and allows for a myriad of unique forces!
Price: Immortal Fire, Swords and Scimitars - $19.95 each


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