Saturday, December 10, 2011

By Fire and Sword

Cavalry has ALWAYS been my favorite branch of the combat arms by far, and my wargaming armies tend to show it even when mounted units are not necessarily the best option of a given rule set.  Polish Winged Hussars have been my favorite type of historical cavalry ever since I discovered them years ago.  From there a deep interest in everything to do with late Medieval and early Renaissance Eastern European warfare with their cavavlry heavy armies has grown by leaps and bounds.

In November of 2010, I came across the Polish site Ogniem I Mieczem and quickly downloaded their test version of By Fire and Sword.  Over the past year I have been back to checkout their growing range of 17th Century 15mm miniatures, but I have to admit they had fallen off my radar as of late.  A nice write up over on the ALBA Two Warblog, woke me up to the fact that the rule set had finally been released.

From the By Fire and Sword website:

"By Fire and Sword – a historical wargame is the name of a battle system developed by the Wargamer Company. We wanted to create a realistic, playable and dynamic wargame which recreates the 17th century wars fought by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth against Turkey, Muscovy, Sweden, Crimean Khanate and Cossacks. The period between 1640 and 1676, on which the game focuses, is a time of almost constant warfare waged by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth on all fronts, in many cases with several enemies at the same time. Supplements planned for the game will be dedicated to specific wars and campaigns in which the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth took part during the entire 17th century.

The By Fire and Sword wargame is a comprehensive system including game rules, historical background for the forces of all the combatants, battle group creation rules and scenarios, but most of all a huge number of wargaming figures representing all the military formations of the warring parties."

More information on the rules, scale, and figures con be found here.  Everything for the game has been produced by the Wargamer Company including an extensive range of 15mm miniatures that contains the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Kingdom of Sweden, Ukrainian Cossacks, Crimean Tatars, the Ottoman Empire, Muscovites (Coming soon) as well as a range of terrain models and historical banners.

From the "Game Rules" section:

"Depending on the experience of gamers and number of available figures, as well as time and space for the game, By Fire and Sword battles can be played on 4 different levels. The choice of the game level influences the available units for the gamer’s force. The basic level of the game – called “The Foray” – is a short skirmish, completed in less than an hour. The highest level – called “The Field Army” enables recreating huge and truly epic battles."

The rule book looks to have a high production value (I know the test download did), and seems to have a dissent amount of background information for the period as well.  What I really like is the information in the paragraph above.  The ability to play everything from skirmish to large battles gives you the opportunity to show off the brilliant armies of the nations and period covered in this set no matter what size your collection or commitment level is.

Personally, I've given up painting and creating terrain for anything smaller than 25-28mm, although their 15mm range looks great.  I know The Assault Group (TAG) have 28mm miniatures that cover this period, but I'm not too familiar with their product line having never seen their figures up close.  I do have the Cossacks from Wargames Foundry for my Seven Years War collection though.  So that's a start.  :-)

Maybe not something in the near future for me, but definitely a book I want to pick up down the road.  And then, who knows?...

1 comment:

  1. Don't know much about the period, but that rule book does look sweet. Nice to see all the high production value historical stuff coming out lately.


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