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Open Combat - Rules for Fighting Miniature Battles

Create the heroes, adventures and battles of your imagination

The Open Combat tabletop miniature wargame skirmish rules are suitable for any pre-gunpowder historical period or fantasy setting.

  • Use any miniatures & terrain you have
  • Only a small area required (24"x24")
  • Suitable for pre-gunpowder historical periods and fantasy settings
  • Customise the characteristics of your fighters, ‘stat’ them any way you like.
  • Fast setup and play time (30-40mins)
  • Great for one-off games or use the campaign rules to connect your games together and develop your warband as you go including long-term injuries, advancements and mercenaries.

Open Combat puts you in command of a warband of fighters led by their charismatic (or frightening) leader as they match themselves against their foes.

Who the combatants are and what they are fighting about is down to you, your miniature collection and what you have the 'itch' to play.

The 100 page full colour hardback book includes rules for building and customising your warbands along with a range of weapons, skills & abilities (including Influence abilities where your warriors can make psychological attacks against the enemy).

You'll find rules for movement, combat, terrain and additional rules for hiding, climbing and jumping.

Scenarios include 'Open Combat' with three optional deployments including 'confrontation' where your warbands could begin the game intermingled even before the fighting starts! Additional scenarios set the warbands the task of capturing prey, discovering prizes hidden on the battlefield, escaping/attempting to arrest rivals or escorting/ambushing an important person as they travel through dangerous territory.

Also included is a guide to creating your first profile and warband, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a Quick Reference Sheet along with sample profiles for a selection of combatants to help inspire you (or to pick from if you're a bit short on time).

Two roster sheet approaches are included: A 'single page' for players that like all of the information in one place; A sheet of character cards for players that like to have separate information for each model.

Open combat is supported by articles on the Second Thunder website and you can reach the author on the Second Thunder Forum.

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August 26th, 2017
This is a great set of skirmish rules. Simple, but strategic play that makes for a very dynamic battlefield. This has unseated Song of Blades and Heroes as my favorite skirmish game. [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on November 21, 2014.