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Charles "Charlie" K.
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Greetings all!
I'm relatively new to wargaming, though I've played Warhammer 40k for a few years. As of late I've been interested in trying out miniature wargaming in an early-mid Medieval setting. I'm very fond of the history between England and its neighbors: Scotland, Ireland, France and especially Wales, as I'm part Welsh. I'm also somewhat interested in the Crusades and the wars in the Balkans.
If you could perhaps advise me where to start and suggest some rules/systems for playing as Wales (as well as other armies here), I'd very much appreciate it!
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Tim M-L
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I enjoy Song of Arthur and Merlin, which has historical as well as mythical and Hollywood style options for playing Arthur's adventures and similar actions. It would work very well for crusades too. I also think Age of Blood (second edition) is a very good game and the mechanics will be somewhat familiar. Pig Wars: When Men Were Men and Pigs Were Money is also often recommended, but I have not played it.
 
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Tom Davis
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I would echo the Songs of Arthur recomendation. The whole Songs of... range is really good and I'm pretty sure you'd find some way of playing Wales

Failing that I've heard good things about Warhammer Ancient Battles.

What sort of scale both of miniature and wargame would you want to play?
DBA - http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/299/de-bellis-antiquitati... is very accessible and Baccus do some fantastic 6mm figures - You've not seen a horde till you've seen a Baccus horde! (Not their tag line but certainly accurate ) http://www.baccus6mm.com/index.php

Cry Havoc is medieval and fun plus if you search around I think there is a print and play version somewhere: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1323/cry-havoc

Also on the subject of the relationship between England and its closest 'friends' I highly recommend Britannia, a VERY good game indeed! -http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/240/britannia

Those any good for you?
 
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Charles "Charlie" K.
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I've heard about DBA before; mostly good things. I'd be willing to explore it a bit and seee how it works. I'm wondering what scale I'd be comfortable with. I wouldn't mind 6mm, but I'm used to painting larger minis and I'd like having an aesthetically-pleasing army.

Britannia looks neat and suits one of the time-periods I'm inerested in. I'll be sure to read up on it.

As for Songs of Arthur, I'm not so much into wargaming fantasy armies; I've got other games for that. Though if historical settings can be replicated with the book, I'll look into it.
 
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Take a look at BattleLore. It's a pseudo-medieval board game. The scenario in the base game is based on the 100 years war I think, but it's got dwarf as Scotts and goblins as Turks. A lot of the expansions are fantasy-based, but there's the Hundred Years War expansion (although it's very rare these days) and the Scottish War expansion which are historical.
 
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I would definatly second britannia, wonderful game. Plus the welsh are my favroite force to play.

DBM annoyed me. Didn't simulate persians well, not sure it would do well welsh either. Don't know DBA though.

Warhammer anicent battles is reasonable. It's warhammer(5/6th?) without godlike hero's of slaughter all. Also has more emphasis on skirmishers.

Can't think of any other large mini ancient/medievel systems, that aren't fantasy.

(As a side mention)
Total war, computer games are good too.
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Jim F
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Warhammer Ancient battles is a good system and allows for the representation of individual Lords/Heroes who can have an impact on the battle. More suited for 28mm than other scales as it uses figure removal for casualties.

Warmaster (ideally for 10mm) is also excellent but not sure it gives a particularly authentic feel for the period.

My personal favourite is Impetus - a version is downloadable for free. I bought the proper rule book which is beautifully illustrated (frankly it's wargames porn) but have stuck to using the basic rules - very fast play and great fun.

http://www.dadiepiombo.com/basic2.html

Just my tuppence worth. Tastes are v individual!
 
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I'd also suggest Warmaster, BattleLore, and Impetus. I'll add a few choices that haven't been listed already:

Day of Battle Concentrates on the Dark Age to Feudal era.

Flower of Chivalry: A Guide to the Late Middle Ages A great guidebook to Middle Ages battles. It includes rules which may or may not suit, but the scenarios and orders of battle are interesting.

Days of Knights is my favorite medieval set. It's mostly designed for the latter middle ages, but could be adapted to Dark Age and feudal.

Rally Round the King is a new set of rules from Two Hour Wargames which is a follow-on of Warrior Kings. It uses the Two Hour Wargames reaction system so that units will advance, fall back, etc. as reaction to shooting and melee. It also has rules for solo gaming if you think you might be interested in this.
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