It took me a long time to get on the Dragon Rampant bandwagon to be fair, too much else to do to get any wargames in for a few months. But an opportunity finally arose, quickly followed by another.
Now I am not going to promise a full review of the game, as frankly if you have seen my opinions on Lion Rampant there is only so much to add, the two games are 95% identical, there is just the addition of some fantasy specific elements and these only really serve to enhance the experience. If you already like (or despise) Lion Rampant, then you really know what to expect here, and should have no illusions about what is on offer.
Rather a few words specific to my first couple of games. As an opener I had a match against Ross, who for once was not rolling out his Ogres, rather a small collection of [obviously unpainted] elves, rescued from a dustbin!
|Outflanking with a Dragon, what could go wrong?...|
|Dragon busy achieving nothing|
|Bellicose Foot (Faeries) against Elven Heavy Cavalry|
Consequently, my first game was enjoyable, but rather one sided. Ross had enough games under his belt to have a solid idea that his force would work, whilst mine was a little less than effective.
This in mind a week or so later I arranged another game, as part of a round robin at the club to introduce the rules. For this I brought along a tweaked version of my first list, but additionally I brought a pair of forces both learning some early lessons, and showing the flexibility of the rules.
|24 Points of Ogres|
|24 Points of Goblinoids|
In my game I took the Ogres for a trial, partly to see how the rules fared against the 'Ogre Test'.
|Open battle in the Bloodbath scenario|
|More Faerie action|
|A general advance against slow foes (and a tunnelling Wurm!)|
|Owlbears attack Orc Chariots|
|Thrud makes Goblin paste|