Battalion: War of the Ancients Announced By Osprey Games

battalion front cover art from osprey games

Paolo Mori you say? Well cover me in peanut butter and call me Nigel. When the designer of Blitzkrieg is getting their war game on, then I’m a very interested person. There’s something very encouraging about any game taking only 40 minutes to play through and combined with the fresh artistic direction from Roland MacDonald, I’m probably going to keep a close eye on this one when it becomes available.  Osprey are starting 2024 strong right now and I’ll be interested to see what else they have lined up. 



Osprey Games is proud to announce the upcoming release from the acclaimed Paolo Mori (Pandemic: Fall of Rome, Libertalia) & Francesco Sirocchi (Pocket Battles), with stunning new art from the talented Roland MacDonald (Shogun 2: Total WarUndaunted, and Final Girl).
Prepare for total war on your tabletop this Autumn.

Assemble your armies and maintain order in this dynamic tile-based wargame, inspired by epic battles from ancient history.


Take charge of the formidable Roman legions and their allies. Command the powerful crossbowmen of the Han dynasty as they traverse unfamiliar deserts. Steer the renowned Greco-Bactrian cavalry, and fight for every oasis. Direct Hannibal’s diverse array of mercenaries, elephants, and the Sacred Band of Carthage.

To lead is to walk the tightrope. Choose a faction, consider its ranks, assemble them into units and, as they fight, carefully balance their orders and sustain your forces in the field. The unique traits of each rank tile will make your units stronger, but combine too many and your units will become unwieldy.

Battalion: War of the Ancients is an accessible two or four-player game. Command a wide range of units from four playable historical factions, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Employ faction-specific tactics cards to outmanoeuvre your opponents. Compose your unique forces with rigour. Judge the tempo of battle with precision. Seize victory for your people!

Number of Players: 2 or 4
Ages: 14+
Time: 20-45 minutes
Components: 1 rulebook, 144 tiles, 70+ cards, 24 tokens, 2 boards, 6 dice, 4 sector markers