Impetus is a set of wargaming rules that allows you to play battles from the Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance periods. It is produced by the same team that. Impetus can be played with 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 20mm (1/72) and 25/28mm scale miniatures, and you won’t even need to re-base your armies. Impetus – Our popular system for ancients and medieval wargames goes digital! tournament rules that are collected in pdf called Advanced Impetus available.

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Hopefully this gets rolled over into Impetus.

Since then, I found myself playing Impetus almost exclusively. However, the composite bow, the weapon with which horse armies swept through Asia and most of Europe, has been significantly down graded. I agree with pretty much all you wrote. Like all rule sets, Impetus was subject to a series of amendments and extensions Advanced Impetus which limited its universality.

I’m a big fan of both regular and basic Impetus. Here are my thoughts on the blog concerning Impetus. Herce Salon de Guerre. Large cavalry units lose their large unit bonus.

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I see also that pila and PBW have become more powerful too in a similar way. The extremely flexible system allows you to recreate over 3, years of history, from Ancient Sumeria to the Great Italian Wars. My young son cut his teeth on Basic Impetus with Wars of the Roses Lancastrians, and now at eight is a capable player of Impetus who appreciates the subtleties, even at his young age.

Units retain a Zone of Controla rectangular area directly in front of the impstus.

This site uses cookies. The upgrade of PBWs is a good thing in my opinion. A lot of Ancients players put their armies in boxes and left them there. I have read that Impetus 2 is slated for release for late …. An elegant system the flows along smoothly offering interesting tactical flexibility along with looking great on the table with it’s scenic bases.


The rules use Impetus existing bases but movement can be modified to use any basing system.

Now CL LC and S troops have to pass a discipline test to evade with certain bonuses and Medium cavalry are also permitted to attempt wargam evade.

Until that is, Impetus appeared a decade ago. Basing Impetus is popular for its “big bases” in diorama style. After a couple of games, we graduated to Impetus as it had more period chrome.

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The defender then gets to dice for terrain features. Check also in facebook our groups Impetvs and Impetus and the official page. The new rules are consolidated and will therefore be more accessible to new players. The manual doesn’t include army lists but it works with the lists published in the Extra Impetus supplements until the release of new supplements English language 66 pages, full color Spiral bound BUY IMPETUS Printed version in the SHOP The armies We have published so far 5 supplements Extra Impetus that include historical background, official army lists, campaign games, tutorials and clarifications.

The Varangian Guard painted by Peter Callan. With the protected flank rules now in effect archers of good quality are pretty decent at holding their own. In fact under these rules composite bows are less effective than slings.

Any word on when Impetus 2 will be released? Light cavalry armies in particular have been disadvantaged. Basic repeats the advanced idea of Attackers and Defenders.

Basic Impetus 2 is a very different game from the earlier versions of Basic Impetus. All members in good standing are free to post here.


We’ve played wargae full version in our group for quiet some time now. This approach is similar to the original Impetus procedure which has been largely dropped in favour of deployment behind screens.


The evade was automatic. Designed by Lorenzo Sartori, Impetus offered fluid play and unpredictable challenges created by Initiative and Reaction tests and mostly excellent army lists.

Drag0nista’s Blog Views from the aerie. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Under Advanced Impetus, this roll could be heavily modified by the Generals purchased from Charismatic to Poor. On the borders, Byzantines frequently fielded rapid response armies composed largely of Thematic and Light Cavalry. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The terrain selection became particularly random.

Not so sure that archers getting a pre melee fire is necessarily a good thing. What are the prevailing thoughts on Impetus now that it’s been out for awhile? This means Light Cavalry, which in reality face in all directions, cannot fire or retreat from units attacking their flank.

There are two other options which include even more infantry. A player could allocate exploration points and win the right to deploy terrain but find he was strictly limited in what he could lay down. These rules may be faster to play. This Basic list is just a tad stodgy.

On the other hand basing on big bases has several advantages, aesthetical you can make a dioramaeconomical no need to buy those extra 2 figs to complete your base and practical easy to move and keeps you figures safe. Is everyone playing Basic Impetus or the full rules system?