|Battlelore | Published 16 September 2010|
This fall, the Bearded Brave expansion will rally the dwarven banners and bring your BattleLore armies some stalwart support. The bold Iron Dwarves are known for their powerful arbalests, which are deadly when combined with their farseeing optical devices. Today you will be briefed on how these contraptions work in the heat of battle.
Bearded Brave features several Iron Dwarf units to add to your BattleLore games. Many of these dwarves are fresh to the battlefield, ready to breathe new life into the war, while some are familiar unit types come to strengthen the dwarven numbers. Today we will focus on two of these new unit types: the Iron Dwarf Spotters and the Mighty Bolt Thrower.
BattleLore veterans will surely recognize the Iron Dwarf arbalests (known as crossbows in the core set). These powerful ranged weapons benefit from bonus hits on a shield result when fired from a distance, and with a range of three hexes these weapons can easily pick off entire units from across the battlefield.
While these weapons are formidable as they are, Bearded Brave introduces a new unit type that makes them even more dangerous.
Iron Dwarf Spotters come equipped with the Spy Glass, which gives the Spotter an edge when directing his unit’s ballistic attacks. Spotters are unique in that they are not entire units themselves. Instead, a single Spotter figure can be embedded in a single ranged foot unit. When a Spotter is present in a unit, that unit’s ranged weapon attacks receive an additional hex of range and roll an additional combat die. These individuals can turn a unit of Arbalestiers from dangerous to devastating!
Spotters can also wreck havoc on advancing foes when they assist in manning the Mighty Bolt Throwers...
Mighty Bolt Thrower units are made up of two Mighty Bolt Thrower figures and two Iron Dwarf crossbowmen acting as a crew. These monstrosities can fire up to 5 hexes away and also benefit from bonus strikes when making ranged attacks. When supported by a Spotter these machines of war are powerhouses from anywhere on the board. But, be careful! They are vulnerable up close, and each hit they take will eliminate a Bolt Thrower AND a crewman. Keep the enemy at bay!
Stay tuned for another look at Bearded Brave!
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what about the goblins!?! but it is impresssive
Great Stuff, as usual. There is no doubt in the quality of the products of FFG imho, but i would be very glad to hear something about realy new stuff, such as a new race for the battlefield. :o)
I´m german. Anyone who finds errors may take them for free. :D
Bearded Brave looks like a fantastic addition to the Battlelore game. Can't wait to get those Spotters and Bolt Throwers out on the board. Great stuff FFG.
Well I do like the introduction of war machines! Thats got to be a good sign of other similar things to come. However upgrading range and effect (spotter and his die) that seems excessive. But I can live with it . Might we be seeing a Goblin stone thrower or English trebuchet maybe?
Dimzer's got a warped view of the goblin vs dwarf struggle, as we've played 11 straight games using a modified version of 49a - All Along the Watchtower, with the dwarfs taking all 11...
Ranged combat needed an upgrade although I'm surprised the dwarves are delivering it.
Looks like great targets for my goblins! I can't wait for my brother in law to pick this up.
Collect some lore, send in your earth or rock elemental and the job's done. Other four hexes moving creatures might also take care of the job...
Five bad enough, take out a crosbowman add a spotter, now 6 range +1d.
As if dwarves needed any more help!
Five-hex range on the bolt thrower? Looks like the BL arms race just took a leap forward in favor of the short but stout ones...