In August, we’ll be releasing Oathmark: Battlesworn, the first supplement to the new mass-battle fantasy wargame by Joseph A. McCullough. It adds a host of new content, including new units, rules, and scenarios. To celebrate the upcoming release, we thought we’d challenge you all to another contest based on one of the new rules added – Battle Honours.
Here’s an extract from the book giving a little more detail about what they are.
Battle Honours – extract from Oathmark: Battlesworn
Most units, with enough drilling and practice, can be taught to manoeuvre and fight as one; however, it is not until units face the horrors of battle that their true strengths and weaknesses are revealed. Some break as soon as the situation turns against them. Others fight to the last man, dying for a hopeless cause, in order to stay true to their oathmark. Unfortunately, even the greatest generals can rarely determine which units are which before battle.
Over time, though, certain units acquire reputations as tough, determined fighters. These are units that stand the test of battle – the ones you can count on when the fighting is at its height. Traditionally, such units are awarded battle honours, usually represented by a badge, medal, or some other token worn on the warriors’ armour. If the unit has a standard, the honour is often represented there by the name of the battle during which the unit won the honour.
These rules allow players to award battle honours to units that fight in their battles. When a player awards a unit an honour, that unit becomes a unique, fixed, part of the player’s kingdom. Such units receive a limited number of rerolls, equal to their number of battle honours, which they can use throughout a battle. Due to this increased ability, these units also cost more points. As these units participate in additional battles, they may add additional battle honours or, if fate turns against them, they may be destroyed.
So, the contest – we want you to create a unit for your Oathmark army and write a short backstory for how those soldiers earned their battle honours (either from a game you have played or from your imagination). We’re looking for a unit of at least 10 figures on either 25x25mm bases or 25x50 mm bases, so show us what you've got!
The contest will run until 15th August, and the winner will receive a free print and PDF copy of Oathmark: Battlesworn when it is released. Please post your entries on the Oathmark Players Page and include #Battlesworn in your post!