Sunday, 30 August 2015

New Kislev update out now!

Changelog:
  • Clarified Hates Chaos.
  • Clarified Glorious Charge for units containing models without this rule.
  • Clarified Frenzy for Priests of Ursun.
  • Priest of Ursun's spells are no longer remains in play, lasts one turn instead (except Winter's sleep, which is down to a minimum of 1).
  • AS may be taken against Ranger's Heartstrike ability.
  • Ranger gains Pathfinder ability instead of animal call, allows them to deploy as Ambushers with one friendly infantry unit.
  • Hunters I3.
  • Bears I3.
  • Bear Tamers WS3, I3, M4.
  • War Wagon no longer causes Fear, crew have flails. Horses are removed when War Wagon chooses to become stationary. Crew suffer movement penalties to fire.
  • Tzarina's Warhorse WS4, I4.
  • Chekist 18 pts.
  • Tzar Saltan 175 pts.
  • Baba Yaga I4.
  • Igor's Talisman works when he only has one wound remaining, rather than just against KB.
  • Igor's Armour gives him 6+ ward instead of attack ability.
  • Igor 275 pts.
  • Tordimir gains HBK rather than KB, only applies on the charge.
  • The Gryphon Wing allows Tordimir to automatically pass Glorious Charge tests.
  • Seraphima have normal Warhorse stats. 
  • Ilja T5, 150 pts.
  • Ilja's Strength of the Great Bear requires roll to Wound, causes D3+1 Wounds.
  • Screeching Back Banners causes -1 Ld and enemies must re-roll Fear tests.
  • Revised spell lores, including new spells, costs and effects. 
  • Removed maximum unit sizes.
  • Some new art.
  • Various bug and spelling fixes.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

New updates for Kingdoms of Ind, Nippon, Dogs of War, Bretonnia, Halflings

This changes the following:

Kingdoms of Ind:

  • Devas are now Immune to Psychology (bug fix) and hate Daemons.
  • Maharajah 100 pts, Rajah 65 pts.
  • Urjana have LA.
  • Noble Caste characters may join Warrior Caste units.
  • Vishkanya have Scaly Skin (6+), and Poisoned Blood rule.
  • Beastmaster Ld7, Beastmaster range down to 6". Beastmaster rule affects MC as well.
  • Peasant Levies may take standards.
  • Thugees US 10+ instead of 20+ (bug fix). 6pts. May take standards.
  • Sowar Horsemen can replace shields with flails.
  • Bengal Riders -1 WS, S, Ld, 37 pts. Tigers +1WS.
  • Mahouts I3 (bug fix), War Elephants I3.
  • Garudas 16 pts.
  • Ganeshans can re-roll 1's for Ward saves.
  • Darahma has BS6.
  • Kodandam clarified as a long bow.
  • Parashuruma is Immune to Psychology.
  • Amrita is one use only, regains all Wounds, 50 pts. 
  • Clarified use of Brahmastra.
  • Mhogli M5.
  • Devas cannot use Inspiring Presence or Hold Your Ground (they don't follow the human troops).
  • Pindari Cavalry added. These are fast cavalry, armed with shields, spears, bows, javelins.
  • Snake Swarms and Basilisks have Lowborn Caste. Removed Forest Strider since it's not really getting used anyway.

Halflings:

  • Removed Forest Strider from most units.
  • Thieves gain 25 pts from stealing items. They now steal random items instead of the lowest value item.
  • Half Tank streamlined to follow Chariot rules.
  • Hot Pot and Soup Cannon ignores armour saves.
  • Multiple bug fixes and rules clarifications.

Dogs of War:

  • Rhinox Riders added as a Rare Choice at 75 pts. These are quite nerfed compared to the Forge World rules, but also more expensive than Mournfang Cavalry.

Nippon:

  • Nerfed Void of Emptiness, now only applies to Movement, unit is ItP during the effect. 

Bretonnia:

  • Some bug fixes.
  • Banner of Defence gives 4+ ward save against missiles of any strength.

Friday, 31 July 2015

New Bretonnia update out now!

Note: Contemplating changing how the Lance formation works. Instead of having the Knights be placed in buses with a bunch of extra rules, I consider streamlining the rules to simply be "Devastating Charge, Fight in Extra ranks (charge only)". The Knights would then form a standard formation in terms on tabletop deployment. No special rules for ranks, flanking models fighting, damsels in the middle, displacing command groups etc. What is your opinion on this rules change?

Long time in the making (almost 2 years) and much asked for, I finally finished the new update for Bretonnia. The new update contains the following:

  • New layout and graphic design.
  • Blessing of the Lady is 5+ vs missiles, 6+ vs close combat attacks. This makes it a mix of 5th ed 6th ed rules. Grail Vow always have a 5+ Ward save.
  • Removed Roland the Marshal, Reynard the Hunter, the Knight of the Perilous Lance, Jasperre the Fair. These characters never had any official models and lacked fluff, and I felt the book had enough characters as is. They will appear in the special character supplement instead.
  • Prophetess of the Lady 175 pts.
  • Men-at-Arms 5 pts, have halberds instead of pole-arms, can swap for spears for free. Have Ld6.
  • Peasant Levy no longer have farm tools, just normal hand weapons.
  • Field Trebuchet 100 pts, can no longer pivot.
  • Hippogryph Knights 70 tps.
  • Battle Pilgrims 8 pts.
  • Pegasus Knights 45 pts.
  • Foot Knights 9 pts, can no longer take halberds.
  • Grail Vow more expensive for characters.
  • Prayer Icon of Quenelles is exchanged for Mane of the Purebreed.
  • Removed free Champion upgrades, champions no longer mandatory. Streamlines the rules with the other books.
  • Grail Knights can have champions, no longer have Living Saint's rule.
  • Healing Hands is a constant rule for Priestess of Shallya, not a spell. Cost increased to 50 pts.
  • Virtue of Purity 15 pts, increase Ward save to 5 for Knight/Questing vow, 4+ for Grail Vow.
  • Tancred's sword wounds Undead automatically. Grail Shield causes enemies to suffer -1 to hit. 
  • Sacrosantum's Shield of Faith gives +1 to Ward saves.
  • Spiteful Glance 5th spell, increased to 11+. Wrathful Righteousness lowered to 10+, 4th spell.
  • Louen's Regen similar to War Hydra.
  • Blessing no longer requires you to give up going first, you roll like other armies.
  • Fay Enchantress give 4+ Ward save to Grail Knights if joining them.
  • Silvaron 1 W, Ca instead of MC.

With that finished (apart from the bugs that I've probably missed), I will now start working on the 8th ed update for Skaven. Enjoy!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Multiple updates out now + news for future updates

Some minor updates for several books, fixing the following:

Albion: 

  • Druid Neophytes 10 pts each, only get +1 to cast after the second 5 models in the unit. Can only cast Earth Blood and Shield of Thorns. 

Amazons:

  • Eagle Warrior javelins cost reduced to 1 pt.
  • Totem Guardians have halberds and shields instead of great weapons.
  • Gorols don't have any equipment by default, can purchase great weapons and light armour, 35 pts basic.
  • Wizards can now use the Lore of Beasts.
  • Augments from the Lore of the Serpent are no longer "remains in play". 
  • Jaguar Hunting Packs only require 1 Beastmaster.
  • Some new art.

Araby:

  • Golden Magus 370 pts.

Estalia:

  • Fixed multiple bugs.
  • Fire Bulls may now be charged.
  • Knights of the Blazing Sun have S3 (25 pts basic), can be upgraded to Inner Circle.
  • Knights of the Righteous Spear added.

Halflings:

  • Short bows instead of bows for cavalry archers, 1 pt cheaper.
  • Some layout changes and additional background for certain units. 
  • Ram Riders may take magic banners.
  • Swan Riders may have standard bearers.
  • Lords of the Harvest may not have magic standards.
  • Hobilars only have to test for the Omph! rule if they roll a 1 when charging, pursuing or fleeing.

Hobgoblins:

  • Fixed multiple bugs.
 

Norse:

  • Some new art.

Next up will be new the Bretonnia update, followed by the Alpha version of 8,5 ed. After that, I plan to give both Skaven and Beastmen their much needed updates to 8th ed. These are planned to be pretty quick affairs, mostly giving the books a facelift and making them consistent with the other 8th ed books. Art and background will be a mix of 6th and 7th ed books, as well as some from WFRP. Some new units will feature from Monstrous Arcanum, and maybe Storm of Magic as well.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Brainstorming for "8,5 Ed"

So, more rules for Age of Sigmar are out, and as expected, they are pretty much unusable for any semblance of balance. Many people on the forums seems to be thinking about a community effort and make a Warhammer 8,5 ed, which is something I have been contemplating myself for quite a long time. So, I would like to dedicate this post and the following comments to see what people in General are not happy about about the current edition, and what they would like to see in an 8,5 version. As for myself, I would plan to rework the following:

Basic Rules: 

  • Line of Sight is divided into different heights for various troop types and terrain instead of true LoS.
  • Terrain is basic without special rules by default, "magical forests" is an optional rule that the players decide on.
  • The player who gets to choose table side starts to deploy first.
  • VP's are rewarded for killing 50% of a unit, 50% if the unit is fleeing at the end of the game.

Movement:

  • Failed charge = move the result on the highest die.
  • Distance when charging is measured from the centre of the front rank, not the closest point.
  • Units may not move within 3" on an enemy unit's front voluntarily, unless they are charging. This gets rid of the problem of cheap redirectors blocking the movement of a bigger unit completely. It can still be used to try and flush enemies out, just not to the same degree.
  • Units with less than US5 that are charged realign towards the charging unit, not the other way around. This means you cannot use single characters or single-model units too steer huge units into deathtraps as easily.

Magic:

  • No +x to cast depending on Wizard level.
  • Channelling = roll 4+ for each wizard level to generate extra Power dice. Half when determining dispel dice, rounding up (Lvl 1-2 rolls 1 dice, Lvl 3-4 rolls 2).
  • Possibly change casting values of all spells to reflect change in channelling and +x to cast.
  • Miscast result depends on number of dice used.
  • Number of allowed dice when casting spells are Wizard Lvl + 2.
  • Wizard chooses spells rather than rolling for them. Wizards are allowed to choose spell level equal to their wizard level +2. This means a lvl 1 can choose between spell 1, 2, 3 or signature spell, and only level 4's can use the 6th spell.
  • "Look Out, Sir!" applies to instant kill spells that effect the entire unit.

Shooting:

  • War Machines can only fire at targets in it's front arc without moving (same as move-or-fire weapons).
  • Cannonballs scatter D3" before bounce. "Hit" equal no scatter, same as stone throwers. 
  • Cannon direct hit = S10, D6 W; bounce = S6, D3 W. Great Cannon, S10, D6W on both direct hit and bounce. No armour save.
  • +1 to hit on short range (25% of maximum range), no penalty for long range.
  • Riders on Mo are hit by cannons on a 5+, Mo on 1-4. With Stone Throwers, they are hit (under the hole) only if the rider model is actually if the middle of the template, otherwise they just suffer the smaller S. Alternative: combine Mo and Rider profiles, like MC.
  • Bolt Throwers allow armour saves, have Armour Piercing rule instead.
  • Fast Cavalry and skirmishers can fire 360 degrees, with no penalty for firing through their own unit.

Close Combat:

  • Remove supporting attacks for everything except spears and pikes (making spears and additional hand weapons more useful, and great weapons and halberds less of a no-brainer). 
  • Remove Horde formation. This only encourages  models with few high-strength attacks, same as supporting attacks, and encourages deathstars. Cheap weak troops will benefit more from keeping their rank bonus and minimise the number of attacks back at them.
  • Bring back Unit Strength, Steadfast determined by this rather than ranks. In/WB = US1, Ca = US2, MI/Sw = US3, MC/Ch = US4(+1 for each additional steed pulling the chariot after 2), MB/Mo/Un = number of Wounds, ridden Mo = number of Wounds + 1 for each rider.
  • Charging a unit in the flank or rear with a unit with a US of 10 or more and at least one complete rank causes Disruption.
  • A unit must have at least US10 to be able to be Steadfast.
  • Steadfast is lost by being Disrupted or being Outnumbered. This premiers flanking and punishes Deathstars with no flanking support, meaning player's wont be able to solely rely on their expensive unit to win the game for them. Large units will still be steadfast as before as long as you can protect their flanks.
  • Rank Bonus = total number of complete ranks of all unit involved in the combat, not just the unit with the highest.
  • Regular troops can always be attacked in combat, even if not in direct base contact. Champions can not be attacked directly, but follow the same rules as standard bearers and musicians.
  • Charge = +1I, +1 CR. For every unit with US5+ that charges the same unit, +1 CR.
  • High Ground always give +1 CR, not just when charging.
  • +1 CR for wider frontage than opponent (can be combined with multiple units). This an updated version of "lapping around", which used to give flank bonus.
  • +1 CR for each flank attacked.
  • +1 CR for friendly units [with US5 or more] within 3" (maximum +3 CR). This represent troops getting a morale boost due to having supporting troops nearly.
  • Fleeing units suffers a W (with no saves) for every attack that the pursuing unit has if "caught". (Example, unit of 4 Ogres with additional HW's causes 16 Wounds). The pursuing unit is then placed 1" in behind the fleeing unit. This keeps small units from instantly killing huge units in one go, and encourages the use of light infantry with multiple attacks.
  • Redo Weapon Skill table to allow elites To Hit on 2's vs poor troops (WS 2x+1).

Special Rules:

  • ASF no longer allow re-rolls to Hit, remove ASF from Elves.
  • Fear = -1 Ld, Terror = -2 Ld. No roll at the start of combat. Multiple units are not cumulative, but Fear plus Outnumber = -2 Ld. Terror only have this effect if the Terror-causing unit outnumbers the enemy.
  • Flaming Attacks = re-roll 1's To Wound. (no Regen). In the case of Missile weapons, -1 To Hit as well. Unit that can already do this re-roll both 1's and 2's To Wound.
  • Impact hits [at the mount's Strength] for Cavalry and MC, +1S if barded.
  • Units can Killing Blow riders of the same Troop Type.
  • Magic Resistance applies to spells that "do not allow any save". 
  • Regeneration works like the new Hydra rules, except at the end of each turn.
  • Remove Stomp and Thunderstomp.
  • Skirmishers are not steadfast in Forests.
  • Stupidity test before movement rather than Start of Turn.
  • Volley Fire allow all ranks to fire, but with -1 To Hit. Can only be used at long range (maximum range/2).
  • Additional (optional) hand weapon types (to be used with shields): swords = parry, axes/morning stars = +1 S first round, hammers/maces = armour piercing.
  • Spear (mounted) = +1S, +1I (on foot, fight in extra ranks, +1I when charged).
  • Pike = fight in extra ranks (3), +2I when charged.
  • Lance = +2S, +2I.
  • Great weapon = +2S, -2I.
  • BSB only allow re-roll of Break Tests, not all Leadership tests. Alternative: increase cost to 50 pts.
  • Cavalry get rank bonus for being 4 models wide rather than 5.
  • Champions no longer allowed to do challenges (will allow re-rolls to redirect charges, march within 8", reform or restrain from pursuit). Will be "Officers" instead.
  • No more than 2 characters may join a single unit.

And probably quite a few things. In essence, I would prefer 6th-7th edition with its focus on tactical manoeuvres and static combat as opposed to a battle royale where armies compete in who can cross the table the fastest, but with clear rules, equally balanced armies and less clutter. This could mean revamping some of my army books too to streamline them a bit.

Lots of rules that take place in situations where you often forget them (Stomp, Stupidity, Fear) are fixed with these changes.
Steadfast is a bit more complicated, but means that Elite Infantry can break huge units without being bogged down all game, while weak Infantry still benefit from being in great numbers.
Greater emphasis has been made towards flanking, especially with multiple units, which encourages the use of multiple smaller units against Death Stars.
Magic now scales better with larger games, and there is more reward in taking multiple wizards and using lower level wizards to cast due to removing +x when casting (x = Wizard lvl).
War Machines will now have to be placed in strategic position defending key points rather than doing 360-flips to shot everything.
Missile weapons are now more efficient with basic weapons. Some points cost revisions might be necessary.
Charges are now more important, and spears and lances have a better chance of striking first, which is logical. Charge distances are more similar to 7th ed, but still with a bit of the randomness of 8th ed.

Note that none of these suggested changes are set in stone, and is subject to change depending on community suggestions.

What changes would you players like to see in an updated Warhammer version?

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Regarding the "Age of Sigmar"

So, as some of you probably have seen, images of the new "Sigmarites" are out on the internet, and I'm decidedly in the camp that is not positive about their look, or the round bases. So, for those who wonder, I will not be updating my books for Age of Sigmar, but rather stay firmly in 8th ed, maybe with a few alterations.

So long official Warhammer, it was nice while it lasted, but I'll stick to homebrew rules from now on.

Or possibly Kings of War...

Thursday, 11 June 2015

New Albion update out now!

*New update 1/7*

This update contains the following changes:
  • Woad Raiders can take spears, and have shields as default, 7 pts.
  • Warband Warriors have shields per default, 5 pts. Great weapons can replace shields for 2 pts.
  • Spears are optional for Clansmen Cavalry, not mandatory.
  • Oathsworn may exchange shields for great weapons.
  • Centaurs are now Cavalry, may have shields, bows, javelins and throwing axes as well their previous weapon options. 19 pts. (Light Armour option was not included due to keep them as Light Cavalry).
  • Half Giants added as a special choice. These are an MI unit armed with 2 hand weapons or halberds.
  • Warriors of Danu added as a special choice. These are an Infantry unit armed with great weapons that can transform into wild beasts, increasing their damage output.
  • Sword Maidens 10 pts each.
  • Hunters have BS4, can swap bows for javelins. 9 pts per model.
  • Gael Tribes renamed after the Slaine Tribes they are based on.
  • Gael Fury renamed War Fury.