Wednesday 12 September 2018

Lion Rampant - Little Smelling... 3 Player Battle Report

This weekend the three of us decided we'd like to play Lion Rampant. I looked around online and found this 3 player scenario: "Find the Lady 3 Player Lion Rampant Game on Graham's Wargames".

After a little bit of looking through our figure collections and we found that we had enough of the right models to play it, though we did vary the 3 retinues very slightly.

The game started with the Mounted Men-at-Arms of Sir Simon and Sir Roger fighting a multi-turn duel, which Sir Simon won, just. Meanwhile Sir William struggled to get anything to move. Eventually the retinues started to reach buildings, but every one was empty. This suited Sir William, who just set them on fire.

Eventually Sir Simon managed to steal the relic from the church (one of the 10 left ears of St Cuthbert known in Christendom) and Sir William found the Heiress in the very last building. He struggled for a while to beat the Militia, but eventually his Foot Men-at-arms routed them. In good time as well! As he retreated with the Heiress Sir Roger reached him with the remains of his Mounted Sergeants but they were beaten off easily.

In the end Sir William (me) won with the Heiress off the table (2 Glory) and 3 buildings burned (3 Glory). Sir Simon (Brendan) was second with the relic (5 Glory), but without the Heiress (-3 Glory). Sir Roger (Ed) looked on at the burned village (-1 Glory) and  looted Church (-1 Glory), and realised the mission for him had been a disaster...

We all enjoyed the scenario thoroughly. Having a real story play out made the normally enjoyable scenarios in Lion Rampant even better and we really want to try something like this again.

We had a couple of minor issues:

  1. Lion Rampant doesn't have rules for buildings. We ruled they would act as Cover and Difficult Terrain.
  2. The Bidowers didn't really do anything. That may have been down to where they were placed however.
Sir William's forces march, haltingly, towards the centre of Little Smelling

Sir Roger's Mounted Sergeants race to the centre of the town.

Sir William's Foot Sergeants manage to speed up a little on their advance. Sir Roger's Mounted Sergeants can be seen coming in from the other side of town The locals wonder if it's time to hide.

Sir Roger's and Sir Simon's Mounted Men-at-arms charge and counter-charge in a whirling melee for many turns.

Sir William's Foot Sergeants sets fire to a building.

Sir William's Mounted Sergeants set fire to another building and his Foot Sergeants find the Heiress.

Sir Simon's forces search each building carefully as they advance into the town.

Having found the Heiress Sir William's Foot Men-at-arms attempt to run only to be caught by the remnants of Sir Roger's Mounted Sergeants.

But they soon repel them and make a run for it.

Sir William's Foot Sergeants form a Schiltron to hold back Sir Simon's forces

Meanwhile Sir Simon's Foot Sergeants manage to sneak off the table with the Left Ear of St Cuthbert.... but is it the real one?


  1. A great write-up and sounds like you all had fun!

    1. Yes, huge fun. Thanks for writing the scenario!

  2. Love the scenery and minis. You've created a real sense of reality in miniature. Awesome stuff.