Well, here you go, the beta for my Middle Earth Battles rules. After a very successful playtest last weekend I incorporated many updates and got the Rohan and Isengard army lists into a playable state.
You can download the rules in PDF format here (v1.6)
To be clear on a few things:
- I'm sharing these so that other wargamers may enjoy them, but the primary purpose of these rules is to serve my own purposes with my group. They are a work of fan fiction and in no way meant to replace any official rules offered by Games Workshop.
- I've only just started playtesting the rules. While many elements are based on my Empires at War (Napoleonic's) and This Hallowed Ground (ACW) rules, this represents a major shift in the core game away from a "shooting focused" game system for horse and musket periods to a "melee" focused game that I intend to use for not just Middle Earth, but for other historical periods such as the 100 Years War and War of the Roses.
- I'm absolutely all ears on any feedback you wish to provide, simply just pass it along. Also happy to answer questions as time permits. However, please do realize that I have a full time and very demanding job - so any "rules support" is strictly as time permits.
Finally, I'm not saying these are the best fit for everyone - they are very much written and presented for those who are experienced wargamers and have some background in historical wargame rules. If you are a Games Workshop pure-blood wargamer, these may not be for you.
I'm very focused here on mass battles - hence many granular aspects of the field of battle or units/heroes are intentionally abstracted into units/special rules.
Screenshots of the pages are below. There are 10 total pages at the moment. 8 pages cover the rules and everything after is just army lists.
And that is it - hopefully you can find some enjoyment out of the rules.