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Offline Anatoli

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Blood Eagle rules review
« on: October 14, 2016, 07:34:34 PM »
Having a collection of Viking miniatures I looked around for more rules, beside SAGA, that would scratch my "skirmish  game" itch. I also really wanted "Viking fantasy" as it was something that rumbled around in my head for the past couple of weeks.

Browsing the internet, as usual, you always find something that look interesting or promising. This was the case of "Blood Eagle: Skirmish warfare in the legendary Dark Ages". This is a game from the team behind "In her Majesty's Name" published by Osprey a while back.

Though this module focuses on both historical and mythological aspects of the Dark Ages allowing you to field warbands of pre-generated warriors from a wide variety of historical factions such as Vikings, Picts, Gaels, the warband of Ragnar Lodbrok, Jomsvikings. The book also allows you to field warbands based upon the mythology of the Dark Ages, in particular Norse mythology, fielding Jotun, Draugr, Sidhe and also have encounters with both normal animals as well as legendary creatures such as wyrms, trolls, Valkyries and redcaps.  There are also rules for creating your own warriors, using a point system with weapons, armor, abilities and magic powers (Wyrd for pagans and Miracles for Christian warbands).

Check my blog for the full review:
http://anatolisgameroom.blogspot.se/2016/10/blood-eagle-rules-review.html


Offline Gracchus Armisurplus

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Re: Blood Eagle rules review
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2016, 09:33:26 PM »
Really great review, really gave me a sense for the rules and feel for the game ☺

Offline aircav

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Re: Blood Eagle rules review
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2016, 10:09:42 PM »
Thanks for posting this revue. I've been looking at Blood Eagle myself & whether it was worth purchasing it. Cheers

Offline Craig

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Re: Blood Eagle rules review
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2016, 05:59:01 AM »
A nicely balanced review - thanks :)
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Offline Nord

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Re: Blood Eagle rules review
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2016, 08:31:52 AM »
I only played this once, should really give it another go. You make it sound so appealing. I agree on the layout thing, that's something that many wargames books are guilty of, even Osprey with their years of experience look like they are stuck in the 1990's.

Use of d10 in combat is not necessarily a good thing, results can wildly swing. This was something that frustrated me quite a bit in my trial game. I felt that the game played very like IHMN, which is hardly surprising I guess.

Offline Anatoli

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Re: Blood Eagle rules review
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2016, 09:59:20 AM »
Glad you guys like the review, I was surprised that there was so little information about this game. I bought it on a whim just to check it out.

 

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