Disclaimer: I was sent a review copy of Battlesworn by Osprey Publishing.
The first expansion for Oathmark, has been out for awhile now. And the next one is already visible on the horizon. Recently Joseph mcCullough visited us at Bloodbeard's Garage hobby Discord, you can listen to the podcast version here.
For Oathmark we learned that:
- the first three expansions were written at the same time. Battlesworn, Oathbreakers and Bane of Kings.
- the release order was messed up by Covid19, Oathbreakers should have been first.
- elite units, unit progression from battle to battle
- rivers and boats
- mini campaigns
There's a few new art pieces in this expansion, they look good. Same artist as the core book, so it's all familiar. Nice and old school looking stuff. Check the video above for a good look at it all.
Everything has been slowed down from Covid. North Star has multiple new plastic kits planned, metal miniatures for specialist units and monsters. There's a lot of Oathmark stuff coming. I think it'll be interesting to see future supplements containing photos of it all. Frostgrave 2nd edition has so many different photos and art work - collected over the years.
And this will be good for Oathmark as well, as the photos and art doesn't bring a lot of new stuff in this expansion. Goes to show the timeline for releases on these books. There's not a single shot of dwarf heavy infantry or elf light infantry in the book, and those kits have been out for some time now.
Anyway. .. if you want more words on layout and such, go check out the core book review. Same good work in this expansion.
If the unit ever dies in battle, you roll to see if they lose the battle honours or can still be recruited. After each battle you can award a new unit battle honours or give even more rerolls to a veteran unit. You can only bring one battle honoured unit to the table, so consider having multiple units tools in your kingdom tool box.
Perhaps engineers will get a bigger role in a future (crossing my fingers) siege expansion. But for now, they seem... not that useful. But they play a part in the mini campaign included, and it's a good reason to convert some cool miniatures.
2b. Rivers and Boats
The game Oathmark takes place in The Marches, so it makes sense that there's a lot of water around. In the book are simple rules for small and large boats. I like that the rules are simple. Boats themselves are free, but you must pay a cost for some crew. Players are encouraged to agree upon using boats, when setting up a scenario with enough water.
The rules are super simple and that's good. River move the boats automatically because the river has a current. Then a boat can move as normal with activation. Archers can shoot from and at boats, which provides cover. If boats ram each other the units in the boats have to fight. A small boat can have 1 unit and a large boat can have 2. No model count, no need to place then on the boat. One or two units - done. That keeps things simple.
It's not like I'm ever gonna make money of the bloggeverse, and I'm not aiming for it. But exposure is cool and it drops of a few extra books for me. Cheers,