Impetus is a set of wargaming rules that allows you to play battles from the Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance periods. It is produced by the same team that. Impetus can be played with 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 20mm (1/72) and 25/28mm scale miniatures, and you won’t even need to re-base your armies. Impetus – Our popular system for ancients and medieval wargames goes digital! tournament rules that are collected in pdf called Advanced Impetus available.

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I prefer full impetus, it returned me rulse ancient gaming 4 years ago……four new armies since then! I ran the ECW version, Impteus, yesterday and we had a very enjoyable game from start to finish in about three hours with units per side. They are only mildly effective, even at point blank ranges. This double bite at the cherry, I suspect, will alter the balance quite a lot. Email required Address never made public.

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This approach is similar to the original Impetus procedure which has been largely dropped in favour of deployment behind screens. Evasion meanwhile has been made more complicated, with a series of modifiers related to the relative speed of the attacker.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: At most, one can have two admittedly almost useless Light Cavalry. The Rulebook Impetusnow on its second edition, is an innovative set of wargame rules that aims to simulate battles with miniature figures in the Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance periods.


I’m a big fan of both regular and basic Impetus. Only Light Cavalry and impetjs are allowed to evade. The Varangian Guard painted by Peter Callan.

We will see if this gets over into Impetus since the firing charts are very different between the two games. Actually it is a multiple of a classic system, to avoid rebasing. Drag0nista’s Blog Views from the aerie. The updates don’t effect the basic rules. This Basic list is just a tad stodgy. Large cavalry units riles their large unit bonus.


However, they tend to favour defensive, infantry armies. Medium cavalry can no longer run away. These rules may be faster to play.

This choice is not available in Basic. We’ve played the full version in our group for quiet some time now. My young son cut his teeth on Basic Impetus with Wars of the Roses Lancastrians, and now at eight is a capable player of Impetus who appreciates the subtleties, even at his young age.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Light cavalry armies in particular have been disadvantaged. This can be expected to slow the game down. I’ve tried most of the others and they don’t hold a candle to BI — even if at our club we will stick with the earlier 1.

Looking forward to playing more games of Basic Impetus 2 and hopefully using it for campaigns in the near future particularly. Lots of little subtle changes that make the games more interesting and fun to play.

Check also in facebook our groups Impetvs and Impetus and the official page. But they lack the subtlety and surprises of the advanced rules.


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However, the composite bow, the weapon with which horse armies swept through Asia and most of Europe, has been significantly down graded.

You are commenting using your WordPress. This site uses cookies. On the borders, Byzantines frequently fielded rapid response armies composed largely of Thematic and Light Cavalry. Units retain a Zone of Controla rectangular area directly in front of the unit. The Basic Rules provide army lists, which will be invaluable to new players. Movement is much more restricted than in the Advanced rules, although charge bonuses can extend reach. These exceptional units were often present in major battles but represented a very small minority.

In fact under these rules composite bows are less effective than slings. Beta lists are commonly used also in competitions. Then along came 7 th which operated with different play sequences and more importantly required rebasing.

Once again this would be a shock for the Mongols, whose arrows could penetrate plate armour Troops that pass a test can engage in defensive fire. Basic Impetus 2 is a very different game from the earlier versions of Basic Impetus.