Thursday, April 15, 2010

Battle Lore!


The Baron and I have been talking about doing a miniatures/tabletop version of BattleLore for some time. I have an obscenely big collection of 15mm Demonworld figs(I just delivered the whole Dwarf Army to the BAron last night for painting) and thay have just been sitting doing nothing for a long time. Only about 1/3 of them are painted.

So we decided to play Battle Lore, with 15mm fantasy, on the table top with 5" hexes, and 50mm x25mm infantry and 50mm x 50mm cav stands. # of figs per stand varies, but generally:

Hvy (RED)Inf - 6 figs
Reg (BLUE)Inf - 4-6 figs
Light Inf (GREEN)- 3-4 figs
Monster Inf - 1-3figs(or as fits and looks good)
Hvy Cav(RED) - 3-4 figs
Med Cav(BLUE) - 3 figs
Lt Cav/Small Flyers(Green) - 1-2 figs

Number of stands is:
RED Inf = 4
BLUE Inf=4
GREEN Inf = 3
All Cav = 3
Monsters =1-4

I just got what is painted of my wood elf and Orcs armies rebased on the fabulous Litko bases, and we were off to the races. We decided to playtest last night with waht we had. About 12 units a side, Myself, the Baron, and my youngest(7), Vs Scott(one of the Basement Generals), and the Baron's son(9), and my niddle son(10).

We used the hexless rules that were developed for Commands and Colors(sister to Battle Lore) and it worked fine. The Orcs won a very marginal victory. I llike the hexless system and I love the overall play of the C&C/BL system. Its by Richard Borg, and its a graceful, elegant, no rules lawyering, no munchining,no gamey BS is allowed kinda rules set. Simple, fun, with ehough tactical interest for us old grognards, and easy enough for 3 kids to play under the age of 10 and get it. 

I will say that all said and done, I prefer the hexes, so we have to make our own hex mat, but no sweat. I am really jonesing to keep painting these Demonworld guys, and its a tragedy that they are not avaolable anymore. BEtter than most 28mm fantasy lines. They are a joy to paint.

So as much as I decided to never paint another 15mm fig again, I am now painting Fantasy, Sci Fi(my new love), and will probably buy a couple of ancients armies to play C&C with. We are already talking about a straight medieval port of it. And the new Napoleonic set of C&C is coming soon as well. It sure is nice when you find a system you like.

BTW, I blatantly stole the BL banner above from the Battle Lore Master website. Go there if you have any interest in the game. And the Fantasy Flight Games site has all of the rules downloadable for FREE!  

More on this project as it progresses. Thanks to the Baron for hosting. As always, check out the BArons post on last night at:

Monday, April 12, 2010


Also I wanted to let you know, that since I have been crippled by non-access to my Workshop of Doom!, I have been doing a fair amount of RPGing and reading RPG's.

I started a new RPG blog. Hope you all come by and follow.

Its mostly about Old School D&D, Star Frontiers, Gamma World, and the such. But World Building has been a great love of mine for years so I hope to have a healthy dose of that too. Stop by.

Quick notes

Just a couple of quick notes:

-The basement remodel is in full swing. Sheet rock is on the ceiling, first coat of mud is sanded, wiring is done, should finish ceiling this week or next. Then the bar area, then the painting and trim, then the floors and built ins. No way I'll finish by Mothers Day. Father's Day is more likely.

- Good things to come from this remodel:
   1. Great new basement with bar and a dedicated poker/rpg/gaming area
   2. Great new tv/video game/movie area
   3. Remodel of the Closet of Doom
   4. Remodel of the Workshop of Doom

- Not so good things to come from the remodel:
   1. Remodels are expensive, even when you do it yourself.
   2. I can't get to my Workshop of Doom! so no painting, terrain building, or modeling(its driving me crazy!
   3. Time. It always takes too much time.

So that's why have been quiet.

I did make a good series of purchases at Recruits convention this year.

Got a whole bunch of worthless Mage Knight guys for next to nothing, but got about 12-15 worth rmounting and painting. Got the Epic expansion and Callto Arms expansion for Battle Lore at the Auction along with about 12 decks of Dungeoneer! cards. Whatever that is. Its made by the guys who did lunch money so it should have some promise. Also got a promotional terrain piece that was for store diplay for WarMachine. It has a sewer/channel, and a central bridge. Nice start on a nice small managable table. I think I will spray the underside with low expanding foam spray, and put to on an MDF base. Repaint and flock and bam new table to game on. Its about 2or3' square.

Also picked up a bunch of mini dice from fellow Basement General Greg Moore of Wargame Downloads. thanks Greg. And picked up some good deals on some old RPG books too.

I ran a game of Song of Blades and Heroes friday night and it went well and was fun. It was last minute and kinda rushed. But a good night after all. I think I will be doing a linked set of games for Full Thrust, or a Space then Ground Battle set of linked games for the Fall Recruits. And I think that the Baron and I may be putting on a Commands and Colors/Batle Lore game next to our friend Chris Cluckey from Tulsa.

Chris and his friend Paul, nice chap there, ran a great Commands and Colors game of Carthage vs. the Gauls. The Gauls were on the verg of victory when the Baron crushed his only son (who is 9) and stole the victory. It was great fun and I love this system.

The Baron ran a great Comboys game, Fistful of Lead, which he has written and published. And a very fun VSF game with the GASLIGHT rules, that ended as I my Imperial German Jump Troops escaped with the professor! Take a look here:

Until next time...