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Another Look: Battlesystem 2nd Edition Pics and Lists

In 1988, TSR released the second edition of Battlesystem designed by Douglas Niles. Although it was written to be used with 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, the game itself doesn't really use the mechanisms of Ad&D. The unit-based combat system uses different sided dice and I think that speeds the game up as well as adds nuances to the fantastical aspects of playing with exotic soldiery. Recently, a new board for the discussion of things Battlesystem was launched at The Miniatures Page. It seems that the rules still have a sufficient enough following. Personally, I really liked this game and we've mounted a lot of silly and sometimes serious campaigns using old Citadel, TSR, Grenadier and Ral Partha figures. Here are my Dwarf and Elf armies made for Battlesystem use. These were fairly new, circa 90's I think. I couldn't find pictures of the older minis. Those were still taken using 35mm film and I wasn't conscientious enough to take care of the ne

The Hobbit's Thorin and Company!

I am flabbergasted, stupefied, thunderstruck, dumbstruck, awestruck, amazed, astonished, astounded, stunned, and soooo excited! features the worldwide exclusive reveal of Thorin Oakenshield holding Orcrist, the Goblin-cleaver as well as Thorin and company! Head on up to and get the lowdown on these doughty dwarves of Middle-Earth! They also have some feedback for each and every member of the quest as they appear on Bilbo’s doorstep. Baruk Khazad! Khazad Ai-menu!

Balin and Dwalin revealed!

Ken Stott as Balin and Graham McTavish as Dwalin. Here follows the accompanying description of these Dwarves:     Dwarf Lords in their own right, Balin and Dwalin are close relatives of Thorin. Beyond this, these brothers are two of his most loyal and trusted friends.     An old warrior, Balin has lived through hard times and fought many battles, yet he harbors doubts about the wisdom of the Quest to retake the Lonely Mountain.     Dwalin has no such forebodings – his belief in Thorin’s leadership is unshakeable. A powerful and bruising fighter, with a natural tendency to distrust anyone who is not a Dwarf, particularly anyone who might be an Elf, Dwalin is not someone to cross lightly. Picture and copy came from here:

Members of Thorin & Company revealed!

Baruk Khazad! Khazad ai-menu! "Axes of the Dwarves! The Dwarves are upon you!" Presenting The Hobbit film's Nori, Ori, Dori,Gloin & Oin!