Battleplate Modifiers & Index
Turn A sequence of each player moving their units around the field and performing actions. Players do their moves in a set sequence but this may sometimes be randomized. Battles may have a turn limit. Units may save their actions to use while other players are making moves, this is known as a defensive action
Defensive Action Alternative word for Overwatch, to avoid annoying word filters on forum. This usually pertains to a unit using it's action when it is not actually it's player's time to play. Whether it's action is used early, or saved until later. Saved actions do not stack if unused
Firefight / Battle An incident where through Defensive Actions, Units attacked each other during the span of a single player’s turn. Usually in the context of units shooting back at them.
Pips Colored pieces used to indicate a special status of a unit, like wounded or disrupted. see bottom of page for explanation on pip colors
Since there are multiple factions to deal with, All weapons have been broken down into a finite number of types. Whether its a laser gun or a lead spitter is unimportant. All minifig weapons will fall under one of these categories
|Minifig Weapon||Minimum Use Rate||Optimal & Max Range||Damage Output||Notes|
|1H Melee||3||CC||1d6+1||must touch, can be thrown|
|2H Melee||3||CC||1d6+2||must touch, can be thrown|
|SMG||3+1A||8-12"||1D6||+1 Damage if target 6" or closer|
|Shotgun||3||6"||1d6+2||Optimal range is max range|
|Sniper Rifle||4||20-24"||1d6+2||Can be combined with aim skill|
|Thrown Explosive||3||8-10"||1d10-3d10||Mk1 = 1d10, Mk2 = 2d10, Mk3 = 3d10|
|Launched Explosive||3||12-18"||1d10-2d10||Mk1 = 1d10, Mk2 = 2d10|
|Heavy Launched Explosive||4||12-18"||3d10-4d10||Mk3 = 3d10, Mk4 = 4d10|
- Weapon Descriptors
- 1H Melee - Swords, Knives, Clubs, Hatchets and other personal close combat weapons
- 2H Melee - Dedicated close combat weapons, Claymores, Greatswords, Battleaxes, Spears, and other heavy bludgeoning and butchering devices
- Pistol - Compact guns that can be carried in pockets. Generally used as a minimum means of self defense but common among very low tier units
- Carbine - Generic 2H small arms. Adequate damage and range that is easy to use
- Heavy Rifle - High power rifles that do much more damage and range, but are more cumbersome and difficult to use. Known to blow minifigs apart.
- SMG - Small or otherwise low power weapons that are a little weaker than Carbines, but can fire multiple times in a single go.
- Light Machinegun - Large automatic weapons that carry the same power as a carbine but can fire full auto. Their usefulness coupled with low drawbacks will make any carrier a priority target
- Shotguns - While only useful at short range, very few minifigs walk away from a shotgun blast.
- Sniper Rifle - Long range versions of Heavy Rifles. Any unit that carries them won't be as mobile, so it's best to use from a distance
- Heavy Weapon - Single fire, non explosive heavy caliber weapons. Things like energy guns, gauss rifles, anti-tank guns. etc. Very high damage
- Heavy Machinegun - Automatic fire, non explosive heavy weapons. Emplaced machine guns, portable autocannons, etc
- Thrown Explosive - Grenades, Molotovs, Homemade bombs. Any small explosive that must be thrown or placed.
- Launched Explosive - Grenade launchers, rocket launchers, small guided missiles. Mortars, any explosive device that is fired from a launcher. Generally more powerful than thrown explosives. Has a limit of up to Mk2
- Heavy Explosive Launcher - Tank Killer missiles, BFGs, Davy Crocketts. Any Explosive Launcher that has a yield of Mk3 or higher
|Vehicle Weapon||Minimum Use Rate||Optimal & Max Range||Damage Output||Notes|
|Cargo||2||16||1||0||Wheel, Hover, Tread|
|APC||3||14||2||8||Wheel, Hover, Tread|
|LARM||2||14||2||0||Wheel, Hover, Tread|
|Drone||1||16||~||~||Wheel, Hover, Tread|
Defensive Actions & Interrupts
“Going into Overwatch” is a phrase used by the community and is clearly a reference to the XCOM series. In XCOM a unit in overwatch uses it’s action for the turn, to keep an eye on an area and automatically fire at anything that moves through it’s line of sight. A similar gimmick is applied in BW. At the beginning of a round of turns, unless previously disrupted or otherwise busy All units on the field will have a free action to use either whenever it's their turn, or if the enemy has done something within that unit's range, whether it be attacking them, moving in their line of sight. etc
if a player wishes to invoke an interrupting act, the skill dies of both units will be rolled to determine who gets the first crack at the can. Allowing things like ambushes, hasty retreats and firefights, this modified Overwatch is implemented to give a sense of intensity to fights. And also to prevent teams from taking turns wiping out the other person's stuff in slow pace. To give it a somewhat authentic battle feeling
Players can specify which units go defensive. But I may also put some units into defensive if they are threatened, and the player didn’t give any specific orders for that unit. after a player's turn, any units that did not use their action will have a light blue pip next to them as a reminder that this unit can still act on other's turns. Any unit that used it's action before it's own turn will get a similar pip with yellow on it, essentially being the same as a disruption but not really. This is because that unit used it's action already and can't do anything for the rest of the turn.
Critfails & Danger Dice
Anytime a unit rolls a 1 on a die for a skill roll, it’s a critical failure. In judging exactly what will happen, a D4 is rolled
- The D4 Is called a “Danger Die” and generally, depending on the situation, each roll will result in as follows
- 4 is a get out of jail free card. No negative action happens, other than that the unit wasted its turn on a critfail
- 3 is a clumbsy accident that Results in a disruption on the nearest friendly unit. Causing it to forfeit its action for the turn, or if it was already used, next turn’s
- 2 is an act of incompetence that results in the disruption of the unit that critfailed. They miss their next turn.
- 1 is an act of supreme stupidity, resulting in a FREE and immediate attack from the nearest enemy. *Explosives are not allowed*. The attack must still roll a skill die, but is not susceptible to critfails itself. If there is no valid enemy, then the unit rolls against itself just like it was a normal attack against a foe. The unit can die from this mess up!
Crit Rolls & Gamble Dice
Anytime a unit rolls the highest possible face on a die for a skill roll, it’s a critical success. A critical success by default will add a +1 to the upcoming damage roll. But a player may elect to “gamble” for some alternative, enticing outcomes.
- A special Golden D6 is rolled to determine what happens in a crit roll gamble.
- 6 allows the player to pick whichever outcome they want
- 5 DOUBLES the damage roll. This is treated as a headshot with ranged weapons*
- 4 Allows the attacker to roll a second attack against another target. Crits can stack
- 3 Allows the attacker to move, or perform a non hostile action after their attack
- 2 Allows the attacker an extra point to their damage roll, as if nothing happened
- 1 Results in forfeiting the crit. And the attack roll will be given no positive modifier or special ability.
Cover & Range
A Minifig is divided into 3 parts. Head, Torso and Legs. Generally ranged attacks require a skill roll of 3 or higher to successfully hit a target. That is fully visible, meaning all three parts are unobscured and wholly out of cover. The following exceptions apply For every body part that is obscured, the skill roll requirement goes up by 1. To a maximum of 5 Cover can be penetrated by a high damage roll, but its better to try to pick off units rather than smash through cover unless the weapon is strong enough. Cover is measured as 1D6 per stud, Small arms have trouble breaking cover but combined actions or explosives can make short work of it Ranged weapons can target units outside of their optimal range up to roughly 20% of the original "Optimal range" but the skill roll will require 1 higher than usual, this is called a "max range". Some units will gain a perk of being able to use max range without a skill check Range is something that is not always checked, 99% of the time It’s eyeballed.
Pips & Status effects
|Trans-Red||Minifig is dead. Cannot be revived. Dead minifigs always drop their weapons|
|Red||Minifig is critically injured, Permantely disrupted unless revived by medik|
|Yellow||Minifig is either disrupted, or used it's action prior to its turn, can take no action until next turn|
|Blue||Minifig did not use its action on it's own turn, can still be used to interrupt the enemy|
|Black||Weapon must reload before firing. Generally only for single operator explosive launchers|