What is SWORDPOINT?
SWORDPOINT is a new set of “big battle” game rules for fighting actions in the ancient and medieval periods. It has been developed over the last two and a half years by the Gripping Beast team and an enthusiastic play-test group. It was developed with our 28mm figures but, as it employs multi-figure bases, various sizes of figures can be used.
Games fought with Swordpoint involve between 100 and 250 figures per side arranged into betweeen 6 and 12 or so units. The game is designed to play out in about 2 hours after set-up, and gives a large battle feel. It encourages the use of historical tactics and emphasises the need to maintain cohesion in the army’s battle line, without being prescriptive. Unusual units are catered for by special rules which give the flavour of their historical prototypes.
An extensive series of publications are planned and the game will enjoy the support of web downloads, living FAQ and a range of supported events.
Free Downloads - Scenarios & Army List
We have an initial series of twelve scenarios for Swordpoint; one is included within the rule book, and the remainder will be available as a free download.
The rule book will also contain several army lists. While all the army lists will be published in a series of supplements, several more will be available on line from the publication date of the rule book, to facilitate early play.
The game system will comprise of the rule book, and a number of supplementary publications initially focussing on providing army compilation lists created to a consistent points structure, thus enabling games between almost any historical armies (though preferably of compatible time frames). The initial publication schedule will be:
Rule book - 19th November 2016 (available at Warfare, Reading).
Dark Age Armies - December 2016.
- 50 armies appearing in history between 300 AD and 1064 AD.
Classical Armies - Spring 2017.
- 60 armies appearing in history between 700 BC and 300 AD.
Medieval Armies - Summer 2017.
- 50 Armies appearing in history after 1064 AD, expected to include the Italian Wars and the Moghul invasion of India. Additional rules apply to this period.
Chariot Era - Summer/Autumn 2017.
- 30 armies appearing in history before 700 BC. Additional rules apply to this period.
(Numbers of armies are approximate)
After this initial schedule, we will be concentrating on producing campaign supplements which go into more detail about the refighting of great campaigns and wars of history (think, for example, of the Punic wars or the Successor wars, or the campaigns of Charlemagne). We are looking for enthusiasts who are interested in collaborating with us in the development of these further works.