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For anyone who doesn't know, Battle Chronicler is a PC program that lets you recreate miniature battles for the sake of battle reports. It's a free download, but currently only good for "rank-and-file" games (sorry, skirmishers and 40k are out of luck).
I've had no end of problems with this program, so I was wondering if anyone else here used this program and could steer me in the right direction.
1- there are no 'hill' terrain features. Umm... who has battles on flat plains?
2- how do you embed models into other regiments? When I say that I have 29 swordsmen in ranks of 6, there's no open gap left where the missing 30th swordsman should be. It automatically rounds out the regiments.
3- whenever i advance to the next turn, some of my regiments move erratically. I had a regiment of Chaos Warriors move 17.9" across the field, to their other flank, while a regiment of Chaos Hounds simply disappeared. Why does this happen?
All together, I'm thinking of just sticking to cell-phone pictures and 'paint' if I want to write a report. The system does have it's good points, with templates for explosions and really well rendered buildings and the likes. You can name regiments just like you would see in a WD report. The trouble is that the devil is in the details. It seems really smooth and polished at first, but that all quickly falls apart, as I discovered.
Anyone know of any alternative systems out there, or how to fix this one?
Vassal. That produces great battle reports, and you can do it by yourself or against someone else!
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Battle Chronicler now works great for 40K in the latest version as you can define a unit with loose formation and position each model independently of the rest.
A unit with missing models in its back rank will be drawn as a rectangle, so include the gaps as you describe, this is how they do it in WD. If you dont like it like this there is an option to display the individual models instead.