Have just ordered my copy of Warlord's new Ancients version of Black Powder, called Hail Caesar. Should arrive tomorrow or Thursday. I will be collecting a 28mm Macedonian armythis summer , hope to pick up the figures at Triples towards the end of this month.
"A wasted youth is better by far than a wise and productive old age" - Jim Steinman / Meatloaf
There area plethora of ancient rules coming out now. I am sticking to WAB, I think. I have purchased some Immortal minis Spartans a while ago, and could easily be persuaded to make a force of Greeks to go against your Macedonians. Check out the battle report/scenario in Mini Wargames this month. Dave
I've played couple of games Hail Caesar, and I have to say I do like the rules quite a bit.
Like Black Powder I think it will work best for larger scale games. It plays pretty quickly as it's unit based, not figure based, but is not cut down so much that it looses much of the tactical element.
I think WAB is still better for a smaller scale game (say 1,500 points). But I'd probably prefer to play Hail Caesar instead of WAB for anything over say 2,000 points.
The really nice thing is you don't need to re-base anything as a 5 to 6 model wide unit on a movement tray is pretty much the size you want for Hail Caesar units anyway, and you simply change the number of ranks behind to indicate the size of the unit.
Sorry for the flagrant threadromancy, just looking for a bit of advice as I build my shiny new Celtic warriors.
Firstly, soes it matter what weapons I equip the models with (swords or spears/javelins basically)? I get the impression that rules-wise they use 'mixed weapons' so am I ok to just stick on whatever I feel like?
Secondly, do I need to base them individually, or can is there some kind of unit-sized base I cn stick them all to?
Will have to remember to have a look at the rules next time I'm over at the club!