Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day 5 and $5 well spent

We had a light coating of ice and snow here in DC (< 1" in my neighorhood). I was virtuous and didn't take "liberal leave" from my Fed job and try to paint more during the day. I will steal an hour or two tonight to work on the 4 waiting pike-orcs.

Desert Scribe had commented in an earlier post that I should take a look at Songs of Blades and Heroes from Ganesha Games for some cheap and fun skirmish rules. Well, long story short, I picked up the $5 pdf (English language version) at RPGNow.com last night and printed it out (35 pages).

This game looks like a lot of fun. I haven't had a chance to actually play it yet, but you can pretty much stick any kind of model in there. The basic book give stats for most classic fantasy types (orcs, skeletons, wizards, etc.) and there are free online tools for designing your own units. There is also a Yahoo group for the game with lots of good info.

In addition to the basic rules, there are supplements for other genres as well. For example, "Song of Drums and Shakos" gives you Napoleonic skirmish rules (this won Best Historical Miniature Rules Award at Origins 2009).

The rules are dead easy, and just uses d6 for rolling. There are only a couple numbers to keep track of for each troop. the most complex parts looks like knowing what your models' special abilities (if any) do, and for those you only need to know the ones you are using.

The default size of a warband looks to be approx. 6-12 models, but scaling up seems simple enough.

Anyway, thanks for the tip, DS! I look forward to pitting some orcs against some skeletons in the near future!


  1. It looks like a lot of fun. I'll have to talk my friends into trying this game too.

  2. Check out their Yahoo group "songofblades" too.

  3. Glad I could be of service, bighara! I just played a game last night as part of a campaign, and it was a blast. The way the game can swing back and forth, the outcome will be in doubt until the very end.