After some serious procrastination I am back with a quick review of the rule set written by Stephen Hardy and published by the wonderful guys at Pendraken Miniatures. Leon and Dave have been helping me on a number of occasions with granting special wishes with my orders as well as some research.
I found out about them through my desire to play some kind of tabletop in the ‘Alien and Colonial Marines’ universe. To veterans of the gaming scene (Nick and Nosher) had some lovely pictures online that finally led me to the guys at Pendraken and I have not looked back since. I have praised them before and I will continue to do so, although I’m now on the other side of the Earth which limits my gaming time even more. No worries Leon, I do indeed order some more shinies – one day.
But now for the task at hand, the review of the rules. The rules comes as a 66 page full-colour paperback and exactly half of that is rules and the other half Army lists. It is essentially a 4+ success system where you role a number of dice for shooting, attacking as well as defending and other chance and ability events. The number of dice coming up with a 4, 5 or 6 is counted as a success and needs to be defended by another player by rolling the appropriate number of dice against your successes.
The simplicity makes these systems both accessible and ‘fast’ but do not underestimate the amount of strategic planning (e.g. blocked shooting lanes, army composition, manoevering etc) that is required in order to remain victorious on the field of honour.
The book itself is well designed with many full-colour pictures to explain the rules with lively examples. So what is not to like?
Source: Pendraken’s Photobucket
So far I haven’t found any reason not to give it a try and 16 GBP print/ 10GBP pdf is an argument why you should not overlook this little gem. The often perceived demise of fantasy rule sets is not real, when we are looking at it from a different perspective, namely adjusting for the realities of life (lack of time and money).
That means we should be open to new scales and ways for gaming within said realities (Warband and Pendraken is 10mm, fast gaming, little space required).
Good rules are one thing but without miniatures it doesn’t really mean that much. Pendraken offers a number of ranges, also in the fantasy genre. Prepackaged army deals are 30 GBP each and come with everything you need to start your ‘Warband’ experience. Additional units are currently priced at a maximum of 5 GBP which allows even those with a small budget to get in.
Each unit contains 25 all different miniatures (core units, equivalent for larger minis, mounted or special) and a total of 400 per Army pack points translates to 8 units of ‘Hill Dwarves’ (plus their bases, which are equally included in the army packs).
The affordable pricing makes it easy for anyone to pick up a game and get into it. Especially those players complaining about the lack of fantasy gaming after Warhammer Fantasy became Age of Sigmar should start looking at different options and encountering the realities of life take new routes, try new scales and rule sets.
Leon in particular goes the extra mile time and again to make customers come back for more. The guys at Pendraken sell Warband via their website: www.pendraken.co.uk
I suggest you give it a try, I did and my only regret is the lack of time to gain some more.