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Iron Miniature Wargame Rules


The Game Basics and Terminology

Iron is a game that is played using models, little figures that represent warriors on the battlefield. These
models are then grouped up into units. To move the units around, and check the range of weapons or
spells, the game uses a standard tape measure, in inches. To figure out whether or not attacks have hit
or missed, or whether a unit holds its ground in the face of terror, six sided dice are rolled by the players
to see what happens.

Unit Profile

The Unit Profile

Every model in the game has a unit profile associated with it. This tells you most of the important
information you need to know about a unit, from how far it moves, to how good its armor is or how well
disciplined it is. Here is the order of the unit profile, and some examples.
Movement - Combat Strength - Accuracy - Physical Save - Hit Points - Discipline
For Example, The Legionnaire is:
5 2 3 4+ 1 9
Simple Weapon (sword), Javelin, Shield, Heavy Armor

And the Legionnaire Sergeant is:

5 3 3 4+ 1 8
Simple Weapon (sword), Javelin, Shield, Heavy Armor

Movement equals the number of squares you can move in inches, though a double move is possible
(more details on that later).

Combat Strength represents a models ability to fight in melee combat.

Accuracy represents a model ability to shoot ranged weapons.

Physical Save represents models armor, including their shield. This can be improved by being in cover.
A Magical save is also possible, however no units come with one, so it is not listed on a profile. (more
details on that later)

Hit Points represents the amount of failed saves a model can take before he is removed from play. This
is most often just one.
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Discipline represents how well trained a unit is, how fearless they are, and how well they hold their
ground and obey orders. Note that lower discipline values are better!

The Turn (basics)

What a Turn Is
Players take turn moving their groups of models, called units. Each player will move all of his units, one
at a time, completing all of their movement and shooting before any melee combat is done. After this is
done, the players will conduct any melee combats that have been initiated during that players turn. This
will be covered in more detail later.

What are the rules for forming units?

What a Unit is, and What Shape it May Take

A unit is a group of individual models. (The explanation of the correct dimension of units is rather tricky,
try and stomach through it, then read the examples. After that, it should make sense!) The models
must be placed side by side in formation, and there must be at least a two to one ratio of the number of
columns to rows in a unit. However, a unit cannot be wider than ten models. After that, they must
create new rows. In addition, if a unit has a certain amount of models in its first row, it must have that
many models in its second row before starting a third. Lastly, the first row must be the largest row.

Examples of Legal Unit Compositions:

Ten Models in a front row, ten models in a second row, and three models in a third row.
Six models in a front row, six models in a second row, and two models in a third row.
Four models in a front row, and three models in a second row.

Examples of Illegal Unit Compositions:

Ten models in a front row, twelve models in the second row. (The second row may not have more
models than the first, and the maximum models in a row is ten!)
Four models in a front row, four models in a second row, four models in a third row. (You must
maintain a two to one ratio of the number of columns and rows in a unit!)

Movement and the Full Turn

The Order of Moving and Shooting

At the start of one players turn they will move all of their units, and shoot with them. This can be done
in any order, though you must complete moving and shooting with a unit before moving and shooting
with another.
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Movement and Entering Melee Combat

Units may move a number of squares equal to its movement characteristic. This is sometimes referred
to has a half move. A unit also has the option of double moving on its turn (often referred to as a full
move). Also, if a unit wishes to attack another unit in melee combat, it may move up to double its speed
so that its bases are touching the enemy bases. This will be discussed more in the melee combat
section. You cannot move through friendly or enemy units.

At the start of a units movement it has the option of rotating on the spot. A unit who rotates less than
90 degrees does not suffer any penalty to movement speed. You can also slowly turn a unit as it moves,
though it should have rotated less than 90 degrees during the duration of its movement. If a unit
rotates more than 90 degrees, then they may only move their normal speed that turn. A model can
move half its speed (Round up, where necessary) backwards, and may not double move.

Ranged Attacks in the Turn

Also during a turn, a player handles all ranged attacks that he has to make. Different weapons have
different properties in regards to firing. Depending on the ranged weapon, you may or may not be able
to move and fire them. This will be detailed in the weapons profile. You cannot fire ranged weapons if
you are in base contact with an enemy model.

When Melee Combat Occurs

After all of your units are finished moving and shooting, then you will conduct all melee combats that
have occurred.


Ranged Weapon Profiles

Each ranged weapon will give a range, a number of attacks, and any other properties regarding saves, or
other special rules that it has.

Examples of Ranged Weapons:

Range Reload Speed Properties Hits

Bow 40’’ 1 Indirect Fire 1
Longbow 60’’ 1 Indirect Fire 1
Crossbow 70’’ 2 Armor Piercing (1) 1
Musket 30’’ 2 Armor Piercing (3) 1
Ballista 120’’ 3 Armor Piercing (4), Artillery Crew 8
Catapult 160’’ 3 Armor Piercing(5), Artillery Crew, 10
Indirect Fire, Minimum Range (20)
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Declaring the Shot, and Measure Range

After declaring that a unit wishes to shoot with ranged weapons, measure the distance from each
models base to the enemy that you wish to shoot at. A unit is in range if it is at or within the distance
given in the weapons Range property. As long as a model can hit at least one enemy model, they may
fire. If a model is out of range, it may not fire.

Line of Sight and Targetable Models

A unit with ranged weapons must be able to see the enemy models in order to fire at them. To
determine this, the best method is to hold your head down to the table, and get a good look from your
troops perspective! In rare cases, some models in a unit may be behind a building, while some are not.
If this happens, then determine the amount of models who are safe (or, who cannot be targeted by any
weapons in that unit), and count them out of the saves process.

Aiming and Firing

After you have determined which models in a unit may fire, and anything else that is important, you roll
the dice to determine the number of hits that the enemy suffers. You do this using your models “Aim”
characteristic. You roll a number of dice equal to amount of models who are firing, times the “Hits”
Aim Roll Needed to Hit property of the weapon they are firing. Roll groups of
different weapons, and groups with different “Aim”
1 6 Characteristics separately. (Most of the time you will not
have to do this, since most units all have the same
2 5+
weapon and “Aim” Characteristic.)
3 4+
Assigning Hits and Taking Saves
4 3+ After you have determined the number of hits, the enemy
will assign hits, and take saves. The enemy will distribute
5 2+ the number of hits a unit received among the units. Each
model in a unit must have one hit before two hits may be
given to any model. After all hits are assigned, roll saves for each group of units who are exactly the
same. That is to say, you would roll saves separately for any model in the unit who is a sergeant, a
leader, or who has a different weapon.
As you may remember from the Unit Profiles, each unit will have a Physical Save, and might possibly
have a Magical Save. Groups of units will roll first their Physical Save, and then roll their Magical Save if
they have one. Remember to take into account any bonuses or penalties that a unit has for its save! For
each failed save a group of units takes, one model in that group will lose a Hit Point. If they only have
one hit point, as most models do, they are removed as a casualty. Otherwise, models are removed
when they reach zero hit points. Use a die to keep track of the number of hit points a multi-hit point
model has. Always keep the die at the number of hit points they currently have. (There is no particular
reason to do it this way, it just keeps it simple for everyone if we all do it the same!)
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After saves have been made, the opponent will remove any models who were killed. You may removed
models from any part of a unit, following the unit formation rules. Though in reality it will most often be
the models in front who were killed, the models in back will automatically move up to take their place,
as any good soldier should, so it makes sense to take models out from the back.

Sometimes there will be forests, barricades, or ruins that make it difficult to see units that you are
attempting to shoot at. However, if you can see them, and they are simply obscured, then you may still
fire at them, but they get a plus one cover bonus to their Physical Save.

Reload Speed
There are three different reload speeds that weapons may have, 1, 2, and 3. This property has to deal
with the amount a unit may move, and fire.
Reload Speed Effects

1 A unit with weapons that have a reload speed of 1 needs half of a move action in order
to reload their weapon, and fire it. A reload speed one weapon does not come pre-
loaded. You may fire a reload speed weapon twice in one turn, without movement.
Or, you may forgo moving, and fire the weapon twice.

2 A unit with weapons that have a reload speed of 2 work very differently from reload
speed 1 weapons in that they may come pre-loaded. All weapons will begin pre-
loaded at the start of the game. If a weapon is loaded, then the unit with that weapon
may move once, and fire it. After that, they must forgo two move actions in order to
fire the weapon again, though they may fire it on the same turn that they forgo their

3 Units with reload speed 3 weapons may never move and fire, under any circumstances.
It takes all of the concentration and time of the firer to reload the weapon, aim the
weapon, and fire the weapon.
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Artillery Crew
A weapon with this property must be fired by a crew of at least two models, though they are sometimes
bought with more than two, and usually three. Units operating a weapon with the Artillery Crew
property cannot double move. Artillery Crews use a different chart when determining the number of
hits they get with their weapon. This is because an Artillery weapon does not simply hit or miss the
Roll Needed to target. Cannon Balls have been
Aim Roll Needed to Hit
recorded to go through as many as
Direct Hit
two dozen people, but that is rare
1 N/A 6 indeed. If a hit is scored on the
chart, then the opponent takes half
2 5+ 6 the number of hits listed on the
weapons profile. If a direct hit is
3 4+ 6
listed, then the opponent takes a
4 3+ 5+ full number of hits listed on the
weapons profile.
5 2+ 4+

Minimum Range
Units with this special rule may not fire at units at or within the range listed. For example, a catapult has
the Minimum Range (20) property, and therefore may only fire at models that are 21 inches or more

Indirect Fire
Some ranged weapons allow you to fire over obstacles that are in the way, such as buildings, or more
commonly other units. These weapons will have the “Indirect Fire” property, listed in their profile.
Units firing indirectly suffer a negative one penalty to their aim characteristic for the purposes of firing
that round. If a unit firing indirectly cannot see the enemy they are aiming at (but are still in range!),
they may still fire as long as they can draw a command line with a unit who can see the target unit.
Command Lines will be discussed in a later section. If this an artillery piece, they cannot score a direct
hit (they simply hit instead).

Armor Piercing and Close Fire

Weapons with the Armor Piercing (x) property negate x many points of the enemies physical save. For
example, if a unit is hit by a musket, and they normally have a 4+ physical save, then they would instead
of have a 6+ physical save.
If a weapon is fired, and the target is within half of its range (rounding up), then it gets +1 to its Armor
Piercing number. So, a bow (which does not normally have an Armor Piercing value at all!) is fired at
half of its range, then it gains the Armor Piercing (1) property. If a Musket (Normally Armor Piercing (2) )
is fired at half of its range, then it gets the Armor Piercing (3) property. This “close fire” rule does apply
if a weapon is being fired using the indirect fire rule.
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Firing at Units with Shields

If a unit makes a ranged attack at a unit with shields, and they are beside or behind the unit with shields,
then that unit may not claim the physical save bonus for having shields.
To determine if a unit is beside another unit, use your ruler and draw a straight line from the front of the
unit with shields over to the unit making the ranged attack. More models in the firing unit should be
behind the line than in front of it. (The line is facing the way the unit being shot at is facing).
It should be clear if a unit is behind another unit, and since there is no extra bonus for being behind a
unit or beside a unit, then this should make things simple.

Discipline Tests during Ranged Combat, and Falling Back

If a unit suffers failed saves equal to 1/2 of the total amount of models that were alive at the start of a
shooting attack then they must take a discipline test. For example, if a unit of Legionnaires had 30
models at the start of a ranged attack, and they lose 15 or more models during that same ranged attack,
then they must take a discipline test.
A discipline test is done by rolling three six sided dice, and adding the results. If you roll above a units
discipline value, then you have passed the test. If you roll below the test, then several different things
can happen depending on how badly the test was failed by. If the test is failed by rolling one or two
points lower than a units discipline value, then that unit merely wavers for one turn. They cannot move,
or shoot in their next turn, and if they are engaged in melee combat by a melee enemy then they will
flee instead of standing and fighting.
If a unit fails by three or more points, then it will flee. Fleeing is an out of sequence movement action.
The unit in question will immediately turn towards their own board edge (which will be discussed later,
but it’s basically their territory), and double move towards it. They may rotate as many times as needed
during this movement for free so that they move the farthest distance they can towards their own board
On the controlling players turn the unit may take another discipline check at the start of movement to
regroup. They may only do this if they can draw a command line to another unit (this will also be
discussed later). This is a pass or fail test, if they fail, then they double move again towards the nearest
friendly board edge. If they pass, then they may immediately rotate as much as they wish, and move
their basic speed. They cannot fire ranged weapons, but if an enemy unit is close enough then they may
engage it in melee combat. Next turn they will act normally as if nothing had happened.
A unit may continue to make discipline tests at the start of movement until it has moved off of the
board. This happens if the double move they take during their fleeing causes any model in the unit to
move off the board.

Melee Combat

Entering Melee Combat

As stated above in the unit section, a unit enters melee combat if they end their movement touching
bases with an enemy unit. If you are moving units to be in melee combat, you should do your best to
line up the units so that they are facing each other. The enemy unit will then turn their base so that
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their unit is facing your unit. Flanking will be discussed later, however for those of you who are
wondering, it takes at least two units to flank one! The enemy would obviously turn to face an
oncoming threat, but cannot do so if they are already engaged. After the melee combat has started,
units may not simply walk away, and unless they fail a discipline check (which will be discussed later), or
have a special rule which states that they may flee, they cannot run away.

Fighting a Melee Combat (Basics)

After all shooting attacks and movement have been made, melee combat starts. Each model has a
Combat Strength characteristic. This characteristic shows how good that model is at fighting in melee
combat. When melee combat begins, add up the total combat strength for the unit. For example, a unit
of nine legionnaires (who have two combat strength) and one legionnaire sergeant (who has three
combat strength) would have a total combat strength of 21. This total combat strength is used for a lot
of things, but first and foremost it is used for the number of attacks a unit has. After you know how
many attacks you have, roll a die for each attack. To determine whether or not you hit, there are
several factors, such as what weapon the unit is using. A simple weapon hits on a 3+, and most other
weapons hit on a 4+. This will be detailed later.
After you have determined the amount of hits that unit has made, the opponent will assign hits and take
saves as described in the Assigning Hits and Taking Saves section.

Discipline Tests during Melee Combat

Another important function of a units Total Combat Strength is the discipline test that a unit takes at the
start of combat. At the start of a melee combat, compare each units combat strength. The unit with the
lower combat strength must make a discipline test. A discipline test is made by rolling three six sided
dice (3d6) and rolling at or above your discipline value, as discussed in the Discipline Tests during
Ranged Combat, and Falling Back section. This is a pass or fail discipline test. If they pass, then there is
no consequence. If they fail, then the attackers re-roll failed to hits for the duration of that turns melee

Remember that lower discipline values are better, so a penalty is actually an addition to a units
discipline value.
Sometimes, a unit is seriously injured, and must take a discipline test to keep fighting. If a unit takes
twice as many unsaved hits in melee combat as their opponent, then they must take a discipline test at
a +1 for each full quarter of the unit that has been lost since the start of the game. For example, if a unit
of legionnaires started the game with forty models, and is now at 16 then it would take this test at a +2
penalty because they are at a +1 penalty for each 10 models that were killed.

If they score a wavering result, then they will keep fighting, but will only get a number of attacks equal
to half of their combat strength in the next round of melee combat. If they get a flee result, then they
will immediately double move back towards their own board edge, as described in the Discipline Tests
during Ranged Combat, and Falling Back section. However, during this move they can rotate as many
times as they need to in order to move towards their board edge. While they are doing so, the enemy
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unit makes another full round of attacks against them, using their new (and probably somewhat
reduced) combat strength. After that, the unit can take new Discipline checks to try and regroup, as
described above.

Flanking in Melee Combat

As stated above, when a unit first gets into base contact with an enemy unit, that enemy unit must turn
to face them. This means that unit is leaving their back exposed to attack. If another unit can move so
that their base is lined up with the back of enemy unit who is engaged, then they get a flank bonus. This
gives the unit who is behind (And not the unit who is in front) a +1 bonus to hit the enemy unit.

When the unit who is being flanked makes its attacks, all of the attacks in the row that is farthest back
will be directed against the unit who is flanking them, and all the rest of the attacks will be made to the
unit who is in front as normal (you are splitting the attacks, not attacking twice!). For the purposes of
determining discipline tests, combine the combat strength of both of the flanking units against the unit
who is being flanked to determine who has the highest. If the flanking units combined combat strength
is lower (a sad day indeed) then only the unit in front must make a discipline test. If the flanked unit
must make a test, then both opponents will re-roll attacks on them.

When determining if the flanked unit took twice as many unsaved hits, add the unsaved hits from both
of the flanking units together. If the flanked unit fails a discipline test, and gets the flee result then they
will not fall back. Instead, they will continue to fight, but only fight at half of their combat strength,
rounding down.

Weapons in Melee Combat

There are many weapons that units use in melee combat. These weapons all have different properties
associated with them. Here are listed the most common weapons that units will use in melee combat,
though there are more.

Simple Weapon
A simple weapon is a one handed sword, or axe. It is easy to use, and most armies are outfitted with
them. A simple weapon hits on a 3+, unlike other weapons.

A spear is a long weapon with a sharp point. It is cheap to make, and an ideal defensive weapon. A
spear weapon hits on a 4+ If an enemy unit moves to engage a unit with spears, then the unit with
spears will make all of its attacks before the enemy unit does. The discipline test will still happen before
any blows are struck. Any models killed by the unit with spears do not get attacks when that unit fights
back. Also, if a unit of cavalry (which will be discussed later) charges a unit of spears, then the unit with
spears will hit on a 3+ instead of the usual 4+.

Blunt Weapon
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Blunt weapons can be maces, hammers, or even heavy axes. Blunt weapons are used to smash through
armor. A blunt weapon hits on a 4+. Blunt weapons reduce the enemy’s physical save by two when the
enemy is making saves against them. Blunt weapons are slow to use however, and they will attack last
in combat.

Large Weapon (Or Two Weapons)

A large weapon is a two handed version of any of the weapons listed above. A model using a Large
Weapon adds one to their combat strength. However, a model with a large weapon cannot have a
shield. You may have a Large Simple Weapon, Large Spear, or Large Blunt Weapon. If you would prefer
to, you can instead model a unit holding two of one of the aforementioned weapons (but not spears
please, that would just be silly!).

Lance Weapon
A Lance is a heavy version of a spear used by Cavalry. If a unit of cavalry moves into melee combat with
a lance, then they will strike first, just like spears. If they move into melee combat against a unit with
spears, then each unit will attack at the same time. Note that these bonuses only apply if the cavalry
unit was the one to move into melee, not if they were engaged by a unit.

Unit Types and Special Rules

Unit Types
Most units on the battlefield are just foot soldiers. However, some units are very different, such as
skirmishers or cavalry. In war there are also officers, and champions. These units rules are discussed

Cavalry are warriors on horseback. A large riding horse easily weighs a thousand pounds. Horses can
also move much faster than men on foot, and are therefore faster. First and foremost, units of cavalry
have at least two hit points. This makes them much tougher. It is better not to think of one hit point as
being the horse, and one his rider, but the combination of both as being tougher than normal. Units of
cavalry will have a much greater speed than normal, and have access to lance weapons, as described

Not all of the advantages of cavalry are in their profile. Units of cavalry can move their base speed for
free while using ranged weapons. This means that they may move their base speed and fire a reload
speed 1 weapon twice, or a reload speed 2 weapon once (even if it was not loaded!).

Units of cavalry can charge quite quickly when they commit themselves to an attack. If a unit of cavalry
is moving to engage an enemy unit in melee combat, they can move an additional three inches. Also,
when a unit of cavalry charges into melee combat, their momentum alone is a weapon. On the first turn
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that a unit of cavalry moves into melee combat, each model gets a +1 bonus to their combat strength.
This bonus only applies if the cavalry were the ones who moved into melee combat.

Skirmishers are groups of units that are designed to harass the enemy. Their whole purpose is to make
sure that the enemy must do what your army wants, by whittling them down if they do not.
Units of skirmishers are irregular troops. They are meant to work far out into the field, and sometimes
behind enemy lines.
Skirmishers can rotate a full 180 degrees at the start of their movement with no penalty. Remember
that movement can be before or after shooting. Also, units of skirmishers can move through friendly
units as long as they do not end up touching them.

Scouts move away from the main body of the army to look for the enemy, and harass them, much as
The scout special rule gives the same bonuses as skirmishers. In addition, scouts have special rules
regarding their deployment. It is best to read the rules on deployment before trying to understand what
scouts do.
At the start of the game, after both sides have deployed, each side will set up scouts. If only one player
has scouts, this is simple. The player with scouts will place them anywhere on the board so that they are
20’’ away from the enemy deployment zone.
If both sides have scouts, this is rather more complicated. Each player with set their scouts directly in
front of their deployment zone (so that the back row is just touching the edge of the deployment zone).
After this is done, players will have a roll off to see who chooses which player makes the first scout
The player who moves their scout unit first will move just one scout unit. Then the next player will
move one of their scout units. Units can double move, but do not have to move at all. Players will
continue alternating moving their scout units until one player has run out of scout units to move. Then
the next player will finish by moving all the rest of his scouts that he has not moved yet (Each scout unit
must have moved, or had the opportunity to move, once before any scout unit can move twice).
After that you will start the process over again. This goes on until one of the units is moved to within
20’’ of either another scout, or the enemies board edge. At this point, the battle starts.
This whole process is very important for the rest of the game, as scout units can move to try and hold
key positions, or move into a flank.

Special Rules
There are some rules that set certain units apart from one and other. They could be leaders, they could
be very brave, or downright amazing at what they do.

Commanders, Command Lines and the Officer Special Rule

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Each army must have at least one commander. These commanders will have a commander rating
(Shown as the special rule “Commander Rating (x).” Commander ratings give a bonus to affected units
discipline rating by the “x” amount. For instance, a unit of legionnaires is normally at the discipline
rating of their sergeant which is an 8. If the unit of legionnaires are under the affect of a commander
with a command rating of a 2, then they use a discipline of a 6 for all of their discipline tests. (The 8 of
the sergeant, minus the2 of the command rating. Remember that lower discipline numbers are better,
as you have to roll 3d6 and get above your discipline). A unit is under affect of a commander if they can
draw a command line to the commander.

A command line is an imaginary line that connects officers to one and other so that they can give orders
to their army to the best of their ability. Each unit in the game has a sergeant, or leader of some kind.
These models will have the Officer special rule.
A unit forms a command line with another unit if the officers in those units are within 16’’ of each other.
Command lines cannot be drawn between obstacles that block line of site, or between enemy units.
The command line can stretch out very far. If a unit can form a command line with the commander,
then they get the commanders Commander Rating bonus. Any unit who can form a command line with
a unit who does have a command line with an officer also gains those bonuses. This can go on forever.
As long as you can draw a line, 16 inches between each officer, not going through enemy units or over
things they cannot see through, then the command line can go on indefinitely.

A unit with the fearless special rule always passes discipline tests, regardless of any penalties that they

Weapon Master
Any unit with the Weapon Master special rule has a +1 bonus to hit wielding any weapon. Remember
that a roll of a 1 is always a miss.

Playing a Game

Agree on a Point Total and Building an Army

Armies are constructed using a certain amount of points. Before you play a game, each player must
build an army. Each unit that you wish to include, or buy, in your army costs a certain amount of points.
There are two important limitations on building an army. Each army must contain at least one
Commander. Also, each army must spend half of its points (rounding down) on core unit choices. This
will make more sense when you look at an army book.

Setting up a Game
After each side has built their army, players will then set up a board. A standard board is 6 feet by 4
feet, though this is only a guideline. You could play on a completely flat board, representing a flat field,
but this is somewhat boring (though not a bad game to start off with!).
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Instead, you can put pieces of terrain on the board. Terrain comes in several different types, which each
player should talk about as they set up their board. Look at the Types of Terrain section below for guide
lines on terrain.
After terrain has been set up, it’s time to determine which deployment type to use. Roll a D6. On a roll
of a 1-3, tactical deployment will be used. On a roll of a 4-6, strategic deployment will be used.

Tactical Deployment
Tactical deployment is played by splitting the board into three sections. Two of them will be one feet
wide on either edge of the board, and the third will be a two foot by six foot space of no-mans land in
the center.


4 Feet


6 Feet

Deployment of Units
The players roll off, and the winner will choose which 12’’ area he will start in. The other player will take
the other 12’’ area. The players roll off to see who places their first unit, and who goes first. The player
who wins the roll off chooses who places their first unit in the 12’’ area. This can be any unit in his army,
except for scouts which are deployed as detailed in their special rules. Then the next player will place
his first unit, and players will continue alternating till they are each out of units,
After all units are on the board, then place and deploy scouts. When that is done, the game begins. The
player who placed their first unit will go first.
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Strategic Deployment
Strategic Deployment
Strategic deployment works in the
same way as Tactical Deployment,
16’’ except that players deploy in the 16’’

6 Feet


4 Feet
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Types of Terrain
There are multiple types of terrain that can have different effects on units.

If a ranged unit is on a hill, then they can fire over friendly or enemy units, and other small obstacles.
Similarly, enemy units can shoot at them over other units.

Forest or Jungle Terrain

If a unit is in a forest or jungle then they get a +1 bonus to their physical save.

Impassible Terrain
Impassible terrain could be lava, a deep river, or a giant pit. Units cannot pass through impassible
terrain, but can see over it.

Walls, Buildings, and Line of Site Obstacles

On the battlefield there can be many objects that get in the way of things. These can be buildings, walls,
towers, huge trees, or giant rocks. Units may not move through them, or see through them.