The LordsAWar! project was started in 2006, by forking the Freelords project.
The Freelords project started in 2000, and was initially intended to be a game in the Warlords style. Progress was slow in the Freelords project, and the vision for the game changed over the years. In 2006 it was clear that the Freelords team wanted to change languages from C++ to Java, and also to make a game that is very different from any particular version of Warlords. Freelords has gone on to succeed in that regard, and the project continues today.
LordsAWar! was forked in 2006 with the expressed goal of making a Warlords II clone.
This chart that shows the relative progress of Freelords and LordsAWar! (in thousands of lines of C++ source code) over time:
The source data for this chart comes from the CVS repository of the Freelords project, and the SVN repository of the LordsAWar! project. This chart does not show the work that happened between 2000-2002 on the Freelords project.