|Long Review:||The first period-specific (as well as the first chronologically released, after the stop-gap Armies of Antiquity) supplement for WAB was Fall of the West (FotW). In a way it set the tone of all the following supplements, as they all followed suit on a number of issues. In addition to a section about the general history of the fall of the western portion of the Roman empire, it contains new scenarios and a campaign game, a skirmish rules section and mini-campaign, a section with three basic army lists that allow you to build the following armies: Roman Limitanei, Roman Comitatenses, Sea Raiders, Western Barbarians, Central Barbarians, Eastern Barbarians, North African, and Warlord armies There are also sections on tactics, painting, collecting an army, military organisation and informative illustrations and colour plates.|
On initial inspection it seemed a great step forward, but after some closer examination by the WAB community it has proved to be the least popular of all. Aside from typographical errors and problems with relative points, it seemed to ignore the basic make-up of the Late Imperial Roman armies.
To be fair, though, John Lambshead did apparently follow the design brief quite well, and the production values raised the bar for all following supplements. I must, however, question the statement that "there are no errors in FotW", as the points costs are quite obviously inconsistent for some troop types, and some core troops types appear to have been missed completely.
The artwork, photographs and historical background, though, really make it a worthwhile purchase, as do the included skirmish rules (just a variation on WAB, but still useful as an introduction to the period, with a good bit of flavour.
Period: Ancients up to about 650AD.
Scale: 28mm, but can be used for 15mm with modifications.
Basing: Single figures.
Contents: Perfect-bound A4 book.
|Sources:||Purchased for own collection.|
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