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Title: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Mathi Alfblut on February 28, 2021, 03:23:14 PM
So, finally the minis landed on the table

4 Games this weekend. I first lost twice with my elves but then I switched to my Human kingdom of Istiria and soon they had kicked undead butt twice and my Prince is a legendary Hero.

My archers and rangers have green and yellow. ;-)
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: S.O.F on February 28, 2021, 03:32:54 PM
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My archers and rangers have green and yellow.

So given the earlier tech level of Oathmark style stuff you are considering them faux Asoborns then?
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: GamesPoet on February 28, 2021, 03:39:52 PM
Mathi painting his troops green and yellow, who'da thunk it? :icon_wink:

Good to see you're back in the game though, congrats on getting some gaming into your schedule! :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Novogord on March 01, 2021, 06:59:21 AM
My archers and rangers have green and yellow. ;-)
Isn't that Stirland?

Good to hear you had some fun!
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Mathi Alfblut on March 03, 2021, 12:20:38 PM
Well, this weekend I stayed the at my friends place from saturday to sunday and we managed four games of Oathmark. It was so long since I last played a rank and flank wargame so it was a great expirience.

The game system have its rough edges and weird things but with a cap of maximum 20 models per unit you can forget about deathstars. It means larger armies means lots of units on the table.

The setting is dark age and more Tolkien than Warhammer in technology. No blackpowder, not even crossbows, so the bow and to some extent the sling is your main ranged weapon, backed by catapults and ballistas. There seem to have been a deliberate desicion to limit the impact of missile weapons to avoid archer spam. The catapults can hurt your large units but you cannot relly on them to win.
In short, the missile fire is there to pave the way for your combat troops to get the upper hand.

The same goes for magic. The magic is mostly about manipulating and boosting troops and terrain with a few direct damage spells. Also, you can only throw one spell per spellcaster per turn. So you must choose wisely. So while magic is useful and helped me at critical moments, it does not win any battle on its own.

While you can with the expansion Oathbreaker create a legendary hero that gets a special trait and can gain more if he or she survive long enough and gains enough XP can buy another that hero becomes increasingly expensive and you can only have one per army. You can take magic items but once again, they are pricey and most of them really are there to boost units more than single heroes.
Lone characters can be used but both commanders and champions first and foremost are there to amplify the unit they are part of, not go on a killing spree through the army.

Monsters are really mean though, but once again, they cost accordingly.

The kingdom building enables you to mix and match what units and races you want, but it always means losing something else. You start out with 10 territories that each enable you to recruit a certain type of troop or troops, but you can never have everything you want. The kingdom building aspect is really a cool feature that forces you to make though desicions that will affect what army you can actually field.


I highly recommend the game and hope more people here desides to try it out, and maybe makes it gets its own subforum here. It is the perfect platform to start a Age of Sigmar Heldenhammer setting. So if you have always wanted to field an Unberogen army, this is the opportunity.

My human kingdom is named Istiria in homage to Stirland, by the way.
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: GamesPoet on March 03, 2021, 12:59:41 PM
Imagine that ... hysteria over for Stirland via Istiria. :icon_wink:

Thanks for the write up, definitely sounds like "Dark" Ages, Beowulf, Tolkien fantasy style.

4 games in one weekend? Can't recall the last time I did that, over 10 years ago.

Must have been a good time! :icon_cool: :::cheers:::
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Syphon on March 03, 2021, 02:27:08 PM
I'm glad you had fun. I think I'll pick up an epub of the rules in a bit. Perhaps I might even tool my Turathi army for this game.
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Mathi Alfblut on March 28, 2021, 08:06:31 AM
The Comitatus of Sindila, Prince of the Heruli and Dux Bellorum of Istiria is coming on. As it stands I got 20 human warriors, 20 human archers, 10 Human ranger, 5 human medium cavalry, 5 human heavy cavalry and I am painting 20 human spears and have 15 human female soldiers, a war machine crew and 5 human mounted rangers ready for painting.

I plan to scratch build a light catapult since money is an issue at the moment. I will either make a roman onager or an early magonel.

Then I have gathered three bear miniatures that will count as Ogre linebreaker.
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Mathi Alfblut on April 25, 2021, 08:31:03 AM
Friends, Imperials and hobbyist! Lend me your ears!

I have engaged the dreaded undead and sadly, despite hard fighting, my forces have been pushed back. But the Asoborns will not be denied and will regroup and take on the wretched foe again!

Were are you? Have you purchased and dived into Oathmark yet or must I come and with stern words and Sigmarite zeal force you to?

We have all wondered what it would be to fight alongside Sigmar. Well, here is your chance to fight in the TRUE Age of Sigmar! Join me in the marches. Help build Sigmars lands from the beginning!

Anyway, my Stirland painted Oathmark humans went in an served as milita and archers. They died to a man but dammit did they not fight to the last shoe! They gave the elite of the undead army a good kickin before going down!
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: GamesPoet on April 25, 2021, 10:51:35 AM
...

Were are you?

...
Mathi ... have you become a Were-viking?  So far ... no lycanthropy here!  :icon_wink: :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Fidelis von Sigmaringen on April 25, 2021, 11:48:59 AM
A Were-viking is somewhat of a tautology (i.e. a male viking) - in spite of Bj 581. I should think Mathi always was one.
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Mathi Alfblut on April 27, 2021, 09:59:44 AM
Dammit! My cover is blown!  :icon_eek:
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Syphon on April 27, 2021, 04:32:17 PM
I CAME AS FAST AS I COULD! I heard someone say BJ then someone else say blow!

Oh...

Perhaps Mathi is half-elven?

Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: GamesPoet on April 27, 2021, 06:25:27 PM
Yep, quite the concoction there ... half Stirlander, and half elf. :icon_mrgreen: :engel:
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Fidelis von Sigmaringen on April 27, 2021, 06:48:56 PM
I guess that would amount to a half shoe...
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: GamesPoet on April 27, 2021, 08:19:58 PM
 :icon_lol: :::cheers:::
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Mathi Alfblut on May 04, 2021, 12:58:21 PM
The roman legions marched in half-shoes!
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Mathi Alfblut on June 06, 2021, 09:24:47 AM
Having encountered a monetary setback that will take time to resolve my ability to grandly expand my Late Roman Oathmark army have grid to a halt.
So it is time to get creative!

I needed more fodder and after deliberating a bit back and forth I decided to strip 20 mostly unarmoured War of the Roses soldiers of Perry manufacture of their arms and kit and most heads. Heads that were reasonably okay as "Dark age" style remained. Then I started kitting them with spare arms from my female frostgrave soldiers kit, some late roman pieces I still had and the occasional Oathmark human bit. The Oathmark stuff is really a bit too big to look good but sometimes it is all about make do and mend.

Scandinavian finds shows that some tunics from the 5th and 6th centuries were remarkably short, reaching only to the crotch. And since most finds of trousers from the period are infact tight fitting ones the profile of a 5th century scandinavian could be pretty 15th century! With  the proper paint I decided that it would be good enough.

So now I am about to start painting 20 more humans for  Oathmark that will be used as cheap and cheerful milita.
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Syphon on June 09, 2021, 11:49:45 AM
I demand pictures!
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Fidelis von Sigmaringen on June 09, 2021, 03:15:40 PM
Let us hope the monetary setback is just momentary.
Title: Re: Oathmark is great! - follow me to the marches ...
Post by: Old Stonebeard on June 09, 2021, 05:04:07 PM
Tarlen da Foeburna from back in the day has been playing Oathmark and, for a weedy grot, even picked up a Dwarf army!  :::cheers:::

Old Stonebeard