Fighting the little fights of Istvaan III
So we were down at the pub last night and my mate Connor decided he was going to pick up and run with an idea I had a while back which was of a warbands style heresy era game. We sat, we bantered and in the end decided that what we wanted to do was to encourage small games of heresy era battles over a weekend which were story based and didn't require players to construct huge new armys. We wanted scope for character, for conversions and on top of all of that...for gaming pottential.
Now we wanted a site where there were multiple legions invoved so that there was enough vatiation between the different forces available and also so that each could be as cohesive or disparate as the player wanted. This realy gave us three options (at the moment) of Istvaan III, Istvaan V or Terra. Planning on playing in small squad based games - slightly bigger than kill team up to 500 points or so we plummed to start at the start...when the heresy realy kicked off.
So where does this leave us? Well the plan is to write a cut down army list which allows for choosing both loyalist and traitor lists from it, which then has the option for stylising them by both legion and loyalty. It'll have special characters of sergeant/WGBL level but none of the big names from the battles - they're off story novel things. We're looking at writing a story based campaign for the weekend who's win conditions are by margin of wins involved and how this then shapes the greater destiny without changing things. Yes the loyalists don't 'win', however it then becomes how thier pyric victory is seen.
We'll be making boards, miniatures and scenery, and depending upon numbers booking somewhere to run the different scenarios. It'll be a matter of how many people are keen and getting them to stay the distance. I hope that with a small enough force it'll not be enough to put them off and also can run alongside other projects.
I'll be posting up some of the further ideas we've had in a bit. We're looking to have the book for the campaign book out prior to christmas so people can start writing and building, suggestions always welcome though.