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 Post subject: 28mm Warmaster Fantasy
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:53 pm 
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Many players did this before me, but here's my version. I tried to change as little as possible of the original Warmaster rules.

From my blogpost at BoardGameGeek.

If you like miniatures and boardgames, then you might like Warmaster a lot! It's a great set of rules meant to use with miniatures on a tabletop. The gameflow is smooth and it allows you to fight a battle in one evening. This is in contrast with Warhammer Fantasy Battle, a rules-set meant for 28mm miniatures. Warmaster is designed to use with 10mm miniatures.

You can find quite a lot of articles on the internet about trying to play Warmaster with 28mm armies. Many fans added their own houserules, some with clever calculations to convert ranges and distances.

Because WARMASTER IS GREAT, I'd rather stay as close to the original rules-set as possible. (Note: I followed the same design idea for "Allied HeroQuest". Trying to keep all the official rules intact and only tweaking and updating minor things.)

The official rulebook and armylists for Warmaster remain unchanged. Leave all distances as they are (in cm). We do need a new definition for 'stands'. In Warmaster a 'stand' equals one playing piece.

Infantry
20mm square base: 1 stand = 5 bases in a row (10cm wide)
25mm square base: 1 stand = 4 bases in a row (10cm wide)
40mm square base: 1 stand = 1 base (4cm wide)
25mm round base: 1 stand = 4 in a row (10cm wide)

e.g. For Bretonnian Men-at-arms on 20mm square bases, to create a unit of three stands, this results in 3 rows of 5 Men-at-arms. On the table it will look like a WFB regiment 5 wide and 3 deep.

Ranged Infantry
20mm square base: 1 stand = 3 in a row (6cm wide)

e.g. For High Elf Archers on 20mm square bases, to create a unit of three stands, this results in 1 row of 9 archers. On the table it will look like a WFB regiment 9 wide and 1 deep.

Cavalry (or infantry monsters)
25-50mm square base: 1 stand = 2 side by side (5cm wide)
40mm square base: 1 stand = 1 base (4cm wide)

e.g. This results in 6 Chaos Knights in one row. Or three Minotaurs.

Chariots
3 stands = 1 base (5cm wide)

Chariots use only one physical miniature stand, but the official stats remain intact. Use tokens or dice to indicate damage.


The army lists need a minor adjustment to fit most people's WFB armies. Following Monstrous Mounts are available to High Elves, Empire, Bretonnia and Dark Elves:

Griffon 80 points
Pegasus 15 points
Bear 10 points

Following unit sizes may be halved. The new amount of hits and points cost are below.

1 Empire Cannon: Hits 1 - Points 45
1 Undead Bone Thrower: Hits 1 - Points 35
1 Elven Bolt Thrower: Hits 1 - Points 35
1 Dwarf Cannon: Hits 1 - Points 45
1 Dark Elf Bolt Thrower: Hits 1 - Points 30
1 Kislev War Wagon: Hits 2 - Points 70

I have converted my 5th edition WFB army lists. A WFB army worth 2000 points will be +/- 1000 points in Warmaster.
Well... that's about all. It will work. Now's the chance to see your 28mm armies on the table WHILE having only one game evening each month...

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 Post subject: Re: 28mm Warmaster Fantasy
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 3:15 pm 
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The thing is that heroes are no longer this ridiculous power and points sink - but are only figurative in a Warmaster game. =D

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 Post subject: Re: 28mm Warmaster Fantasy
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 3:27 pm 
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Another game that's worth a look would be Hail Caesar. It's Rick's take on an evolution of Warmaster. It's intended for 28mm too.

There's much less dice rolling in it when compared to Warmaster, I didn't like it that much because of that.

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 Post subject: Re: 28mm Warmaster Fantasy
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:55 pm 
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Hail Caesar is good, but Warmaster has the advantage of a fan built list builder online for quick reference:

http://wm-selector.appspot.com/

Which could ease newbies into converting their models to points easily.

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 Post subject: Re: 28mm Warmaster Fantasy
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:57 am 
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Stormwind wrote:
Hail Caesar is good, but Warmaster has the advantage of a fan built list builder online for quick reference:

http://wm-selector.appspot.com/

Which could ease newbies into converting their models to points easily.


This army builder is great! I was using Excel.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:49 pm 
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I will of course encourage those interested in Warmaster to have a peek at the Specialist Games Forum:

http://www.forum.specialist-arms.com/index.php

Which despite its broad name and sections focuses primarily on Warmaster and BFG right now.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:04 pm 
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It's a great game with a great crowd on a great forum :)

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