Saturday 20 October 2018

OGRE Battle Box and Some Extras

A box full of Sci_fi goodies if you like the idea of huge AI controlled tanks wreaking havoc - which I do!

By way of a complete change from everything historical I was delighted to finally get my hands on a copy of the OGRE Battle Box by Steve Jackson Games. You may recall from from earlier posts I had recently acquired a couple of copies of the first miniatures set and was waiting for the second set to be released. Thus far the second set is only available as part of the Battle Box which includes copies of both set one and two. Ordinarily then, this would mean that I would have three copies and set one and one of set two by the addition of the Battle Box. I have avoided this for the time being as shipping from the US would have been rather expensive. However, by chance I was contacted by one of the UK based kickstarter sponsors vis the OGRE/GEV Facebook group that was able to supply not only the Battle Box but also and extra set two that was spare from the giant deluxe edition.

This now means I have three copies of set one and two of set two - in other words plenty of 1:285th plastic Sci-fi kit to play around with.

The map that comes on the Battle Box is quite large - 28.5” by 33” and is based on the original GEV map. My plan will be to replicate this using Heroscape tiles.

The Battle Box contains the following models:

1 x Paneuropean Fencer withan optional Fencer B turret
6 x Superheavy Tanks
4 x Mobile Howitzers
4 x Howitzers
8 x Heavy Tanks
6 x Missile Tanks
8 x GEVs
12 x Light Tanks
12 x Light GEVs
6 x GEV PCs with 3 x infantry each
14 x Infantry bases with 3 x Infantry each

1 x OGRE Mk IV
1 x OGRE Mk V

Taking into account the extras I have (twice the above and then some) there is plenty to play around with, not only in the OGRE universe but for Sci-Fi games in general. 

I am happily reaching a kind of tipping point with my projects  - I say happily because I have 97 percent of what I need to complete them. I have the figures for both armies for the Kurz and Allison ACW project, the figures for the WW1 Arab Revolt are on their way, the last of the North Atlantic ships have been identified and ordered and I have all that I need for OGRE.

The running order for the project list is the WW2 ships first and then the Spencer Smiths will feature (with some scratch built ships). I then plan to tackle the Arab Revolt but I fully expect to be painting MTBs and S Boats when Warlord Games release Cruel Seas.


Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

I think I am getting addicted to the "Games in a Box" genres
As much as random boxes of high quality 28mm plastics from various historical periods

The Angry Lurker said...

Always liked the models and game but never got into it due to scale!

David Crook said...

Hi Fran,

The scale in the game was always a little odd in my opinion but it works well enough. I used to have all the models in metal but these are long gone so the plastics are a very good alternative.

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Geordie,

To be honest I would have been happier getting two boxes of the set 2 but this has not been released individually yet. It worked out OK in the end though and at a price that was very competitive.

The game in a box idea is a great marketing tool as you usually get just enough to get you tempted and will then need to spend more as your interest grows.

I have fallen into the boxes of figures trap but luckily have stepped away from them!

All the best,


Conrad Kinch said...

Ogre is a cracking game. I've played rather a lot of it.

Do you play GEV at all?

David Crook said...

Hello Mr Kinch,

Oh yes indeed! GEV is a really good game and I have played it a number of times although not recently. The plastic models are really nice and there is certainly a good variety of them!

A very good gaming friend of mine has seen a GEV based set of WW2 rules which he is keen to try out at some point.

All the best,