Above. Lord Eyre and his Retinue.
Lion Rampant is a Medieval Retinue wargame from Osprey
Games, written by Dan Mersey. It’s a great game, and because
we only need a retinue to play, it doesn’t take too long to get
the figures together and have them painted and ready to play.
The retinues are around 30-60 figures, so you can indulge your
imagination and have a bit of fun painting up different kinds of
forces for the game.
Lion Rampant is one of those games that grabbed the attention
of the North Star gang. What came out of the ‘frothing’ about
retinues was that we could base our Retinue Lord on our own
Crest of Arms.
So I got on the internet, found the slightly boring Eyre family
crest, and began designing a Retinue. After a few games of
Lion Rampant, I decided I like the mounted knights, get in fast
and smash your opponent quickly.
So I chose two units of Mounted Knights. I like the foot
knights, they are pretty hard as well, plus Dan has made them
particularly tough in rough going, so if your opponent is
hiding skirmishers and other stick throwing types in a wood, a
unit of foot knights turns them into mincemeat in no time. One
of those please.
I needed my own stick throwers, so I chose Crossbows and
Bidowers. The Bidowers are tricky to use, but their ability to
evade and skirmish has amusingly annoyed my opponent on
occasion, so they are worth it just for that.
Lion Rampant – a new set of rules designed for fighting medieval
skirmish games. Ideal for players who wish to collect medieval
miniatures and paint the pageantry without wanting to muster huge
forces, this game allows players to game actual historical battles – or
to delve into the archives of Hollywood to embark on more over-the-
top pulp style clashes.