Legio Wargames


Legio-Wargames is a website devoted to my hobby of historical wargaming with miniature figures. In these pages you will find rules, tips, painting guides and game scenarios. There is also a liberal sprinkling of photographic eye candy. On these pages I will share my thoughts and ideas and hopefully give others some of the joy I have had from the hobby.


I have been wargaming with miniature figures for as long as I can remember. It began with Airfix plastics on my bedroom floor as a boy, graduating to early Minifigs 25's at university with the Wargames Research Group 3rd Edition ancients rules thanks to Ross Macfarlane.


My great love has always been Romans, particularly the later Empire and early Dark Ages, and I have written several books on the armies of that period. I do, however, delve into other eras, particularly the European and American wars of the 18th Century and the American Civil War.  Although my collection of miniatures now spans many scales, these days I prefer using 15mm and 6mm figures for games.


I get as much joy out of raising and painting my armies as I do playing the actual games. In doing so it feels as if I am bringing to life the men who made history. When it comes to playing a wargame I am looking for something that captures the feel and flavour of a particular period. With the notable exception of Fire and Fury for the American Civil War, I find that most commercial wargames rules do not satisfy me and so I have written my own. You will find these in the Rules pages.


Simon MacDowall

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My latest book is now available from the Shop.

Roman Emperor lr Malplaquet cover

This fully illustrated book examines the campaign of 1709, culminating in the battle of Malplaquet.


Led by the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene, the allied armies achieved a tactical victory over the French - but it was a hollow victory. The allies suffered 23,000 casualties to the French 11,000 in what was the bloodiest battle of the 18th century. The scale of casualties shocked Europe and changed the course of the War of Spanish Succession.


The book includes, full orders of battle, detailed maps and colour illustrations.


Catalaunian Plains, AD451

And I also have a limited number of my previous Osprey book on the Huns and Romans also in  the Shop.