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I’ve been running nothing but One-Shots lately. The thing about Savage Worlds is that there are so many great settings to play. I put in the work for developing campaigns, but everyone wants to play everything under the sun. Don’t get me wrong, though. I still love running all these cool settings even if it is just a One-Shot. But I decided to adjust my GM planning a bit and quit focusing on so much research and preparation. I’m also going to try and throw in some crazy twists to the One-Shots I run just to make them more memorable.

The next One-Shot is going to be a Weird Wars Rome game.

I found myself drifting into the black hole of information and prep work with WWR and had to tell myself to just stop. It’s only going to be a One-Shot and I needed a radical mash-up. Then it hit me.

Dwarves with Guns!

When I used to play Mage Knight I acquired numerous of these Black Powder Rebel Dwarves with firearms.

How about the Contubernium the characters are a part of go into northern Germania and run into a patrol of Dwarves with muskets? Now that’s a mash-up that would be cool to run!

Presented here are the details and character sheets for the Black Powder Brigade (inspired by and using the minis from the Black Powder Rebels). The characters are the equivalent of the Contubernium sized unit. The particular ones I made the characters for are called “The Axeheads”. Most of the other Dwarves that make up a Squad will use a mix of battle axes and war hammers, but The Axeheads use axes exclusively and bear as their symbol two crossed battle axes.

The Black Powder Brigade

The Black Powder Brigade comprises Dwarves who have dedicated themselves to both the study of battle tactics and the effective uses of black powder in warfare.

The structure of a Black Powder Brigade Squad

Each Squad is led by a War Mage. The typical make-up of the Combat Squad is: War Mage, Black Powder Mage, Sapper, Sniper, 2-4 Draggoons.

The War Mage has the Arcane Background of Alchemy (see Fantasy Companion). War Mages learn to harness Alchemical powers in order to boost the soldiers effectiveness in combat. This could include both offensive/defensive magic as well as healing magic. They are not trained in the finer combat maneuvers that the Dragoons study and employ, but they are trained in leadership and command of the kind that boosts morale and esprit de corp.

The Black Powder Mage is typically the second in command. They utilize the Arcane Background of Weird Science. While the War Mage can concoct the Black Powder, the Black Powder Mage is an expert on how to effectively employ it. They design, repair, and teach the finer arts of the musket and grenade to the Dragoons, Sniper, and Sapper.

The Sniper is usually a Dragoon who has displayed exceptional skill in marksmanship. They serve the squad as a scout as well as providing valuable cover fire for the Dragoons.

The Sapper is utilized to lob grenades in front of the advancing Dragoons as they form The Dwarven Shield Wall. Their skills come in handy in numerous other ways as well, though. Sappers are typically well-versed in fighting with axes and hammers and can join melee, too.

The Dragoons are the backbone of the squad. They have developed tactics that maximize their use of muskets, but they also love to leap into open melee. Dragoons in a Squad are the experts on battle tactics and not the War Mage.

New Edge: Dwarven Shield Wall

Two Dragoons use one massive shield between them to effectively fight with muskets. The War Shield is a Large Shield (+2 Parry; +2 Armor to ranged shots that hit). In addition to the shields inherent bonuses, both Dwarves that possess this Edge receive Heavy Cover while performing the Dwarven Shield Wall maneuver.

The Dwarven Shield Wall maneuver consists of two Dwarves behind a single shield rotating back and forth to provide protection while the other reloads. The first Dwarf fires on the first round. On the second round he advances the shield forward. At the end of the advance, the second Dwarf steps forward to fire and advance while his partner reloads.

There could be any number of adjacent Dragoons performing this tactic as a battle line. In a Squad, the Dragoons’ tactics are augmented by the other members and their tactics.

Here are 6 members of The Axeheads. Nevor Runecarver and Bruge Slagdrinker are Dragoons. If you want to create more Dragoons, just use Nevor and Bruge as templates and change their names.

Fargus Mithrilsmith

Brygo Ironforge

Angus Graniteskull

Hovar Stonespeaker

Nevor Runecarver

Bruge Slagdrinker

Members of the Black Powder Brigade love good tobacco. This is also practical. Pipes and cigars burn slowly so that they become a valuable way to light fuses while on the march or fighting.

P.S. I made a shield for my Dragoon.


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