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Old April 25th, 2021, 11:29 AM
Ragiggman Ragiggman is offline
Join Date: April 23, 2021
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15 Heroscape Units for 20 / $30 using AotPW

"Ersatz Armies" is the results of my personal project to create Heroscape unit cards for the AotPW figurines by copying the stats and abilities of existing official units so the figurines are playable out-of-the-box.

I have created these Army Cards for people exactly like me who were lucky enough to pick up a Heroscape Master Set, but who cannot afford the high prices of second-hand official units.

With these cards, the AotPW figurines (as of 23/4/2021 available from Amazon 19.99 in the UK) can be used for Heroscape "out of the box" with minimal fuss – because these ersatz units have exactly the same Abilities, Stats, and Points Values as an official Heroscape unit, and are therefore balanced and playable. You can of course paint your figurines if you wish to – I did.

I have already mapped unit stats & abilities for the Innistrad and Zendikar units, but the painting of the figurines (in order to photograph them for the card illustrations) is what takes the time, so if people find these cards useful please let me know, and then I will prioritise painting and publishing cards for the two AotPW supplements as well.

PDF of the Ersatz Unit Cards:


Example Units:

Ersatz Units on the battlefield:

I know that other Heroscapers have taken very different approaches on how to use the Wizards of the Coast sets. Perhaps most notably the AotV project:

which is a massive undertaking, creating and play-testing brand new custom units. It is evidently making progress.

Another notable conversion is SIEGE's AotP Converted Customs:

SIEGE's conversion adapts the AotPW cards, assigning Factions by converting MTG lore towards Classic Heroscape lore, and creating new abilities. This is a another great piece of work, but for me has two drawbacks; I have no idea how balanced the units are, and whether the points values are reasonable. Also, I literally cannot manage Squads with more than one life. I am in my mid 60's, and whilst I can still (just about) hold and use a paintbrush on figurines, I just can't balance tiny plastic wound marker cubes on the figurine itself whilst moving it on the battlefield – no good.

So as an alternative, I just created Unit cards by this method:

1. Use the Faction/General allegiances and card templates created by SIEGE. (I used to play MTG, and I feel he did a great job on this – if it ain't broke, don't fix it – thanks!)
2. Copy the Stats, Abilities and Point Values from an existing official Heroscape Unit that reasonably “fits” with the appearance of the figurine, its original AotPW Stats, and the MTG lore.
3. Rename any abilities / attacks that are mechanically workable but don't sound right in the new unit context.
4. Only if absolutely necessary, fiddle the points. (For example if the official unit had 4 figurines, but the ersatz one only has 3, just pro-rata the points.)
5. Paint the figurine using the AotPW unit card art as a guide, and photograph them to create Heroscape-style card art.

Last edited by Ragiggman; April 25th, 2021 at 11:43 AM. Reason: Adding
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