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Bob the Temple Builder25 Apr 2017 4:18 a.m. PST

I got a copy of TRAVEL BATTLE from Alan and Michael Perry whilst I was at SALUTE2017, and yesterday I managed to spend quite a lot of time looking at the game and its rules.



I have written what I think is a fairly balanced review of TRAVEL BATTLE on my blog here = link

Below is the painted example that was on the Perry Miniatures stand at SALUTE2017.


Below are some photos of the two 10 x 10 terrain boards that come with the game.



Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2017 4:54 a.m. PST

A very useful review. Thanks very much.

I too was tempted but the only scenario I could imagine using it would be on holiday with my wife and she draws the line at backgammon. However …….

Grunt186125 Apr 2017 5:48 a.m. PST

Excellent review Bob, thank you for posting it. I had one question: did you measure the foot figures? If so, was the 8mm equal to foot to eyes or foot to top of shako?

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2017 6:27 a.m. PST

Thank you for the review!

Lord Ashram25 Apr 2017 6:46 a.m. PST

I would do nearly anything to get my hands on a copy to A) give the rules a look and B) see what I could do, in terms of upgrading, to make it even better:) I just don't know if I can justify the cost, especially since it would be mainly to review, and I might not play it much.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2017 7:43 a.m. PST

Thanks for the review. I am anxious to get my copy!

thehawk25 Apr 2017 8:34 a.m. PST

Reminds me of all those micro (and meta) games of years gone by.


Who asked this joker25 Apr 2017 9:20 a.m. PST

Solid and fair review. I don't disagree with most of it!

acatcalledelvis25 Apr 2017 9:53 a.m. PST

I may have missed it but has the review some detail on how it plays? It's difficult to get an idea of the basic game concepts – how a turn works through for example, what decisions you are being asked to make?

Lord Ashram25 Apr 2017 10:16 a.m. PST

Yeah, would love more info on the actual rule set (which, I assume, is super simple.)

Bob the Temple Builder25 Apr 2017 11:14 a.m. PST

Acatcalledelvis and Lord Ashram,

The rules are very simple. The bases are organised into brigades, each of which has a brigadier. Movement is measured in squares, and bases are allowed to move on the diagonal as well as orthogonally. Only artillery fires (and ranges are measured in the same way as movement). Combat between infantry and cavalry takes place when opposing bases are in base-to-base contact. A D6 die is used to resolve combat. The rules allow units to rally, and victory is achieved by one side destroying two of the other side's brigades.

I've tried out the various rules mechanisms but not yet fought a full-scale battle. They seem to work quite well.

I hope that this information is what you wanted.

acatcalledelvis25 Apr 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

Thank you for your time to reply

The way you describe it is like chess – I would hope you do post on your play test – it would be interesting to see what decisions/friction the game may throw up

roving bandit25 Apr 2017 5:22 p.m. PST

I am sure it was not intended as such… but you can pretty much read all the rules by clicking on the photos in Bob's review.

BattleCaptain25 Apr 2017 7:52 p.m. PST

Thank you. The lack of information about the rules has been disconcerting.

Bob the Temple Builder27 Apr 2017 2:35 a.m. PST

Roving bandit,

That error was corrected as soon as it was pointed out to me.

Even enlarged, the text is now u readable.

arthur181527 Apr 2017 4:07 a.m. PST

The rules are so simple – not necessarily a bad thing, if the game is intended for children or non-wargamers – that one would hardly buy the Travel Battle game simply to obtain them.

Equally playable, and possibly better, rules are available – such as Bob's own Portable Wargame or Neil Thomas's One Hour Wargames – at modest prices, so the value of this game lies primarily in the plastic gameboards, the 8mm figures and the foam-lined box in which to carry them.

Bumbydad02 May 2017 4:21 p.m. PST

Is it available anywhere in the U.S.? Shipping from the UK would put the price completely out of reach for me.

mikec260 Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2017 7:47 p.m. PST

The Warstore is selling them.

grambo13 May 2017 8:27 a.m. PST

I have just started painting my own 2 'Travel Battle' sets, I'm very pleased with the product. The figures paint up quite well.




More on my blog:

Musketier15 May 2017 2:13 p.m. PST

Thank you both for these extensive reviews and painting reports! I'll probably "bite" sooner or later, however one thing that strikes me is the apparent absence of skirmishers in a Napoleonic game pitched at this level?

Rhandi Vindaloo15 May 2017 11:26 p.m. PST

Not sure it has any lasting long term value as a game , maybe more of a gimmick.
Is it worth the effort as the base boards are so bland ?
You have done some good work on it .
Also in today's image graphics sensitive blank generation l don't think it has enough going for it to make any impact.

BaronG16 May 2017 2:50 a.m. PST

Could anyone point me at a forum or discussion about the rules. I have a couple of questions after reading them and was also wondering if there are any resources online such as a FAQ or QRS.

Simple and quick play rules which may well work quite well but they do have some gaps.

Thanks, gary

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2017 3:37 a.m. PST

Pure chance I looked at this. But I am astonished at the quality of these plastic figures in this small scale. OK, excellent skilled paint job too, but this shows what can be achieved by the manufacturers….without metal!

jaxenro28 May 2017 3:51 p.m. PST

So can you put two games together and play on a larger board? 20x20 instead of 10x20? Rules allow for that?

English Thegn02 Jun 2017 2:56 p.m. PST

I played my copy of the game for the first time this week with my regular opponent Mike of Black Hat Miniatures. We enjoyed the game very much-it certainly didn't feel like Chess…! the rules for infantry squares and the extra punch of heavy cavalry gave it a nice period feel.

I compared the figures that came in the set with my Baccus Napoleonics. Both the Perry 8mm and Baccus 6mm figures are the same height, although the Perry figures are slightly more slender. Perhaps Baccus are heroic 6mm!

RuLane02 May 2019 2:38 a.m. PST

Travel Battle fans should check this out: TMP link

Axeminster02 Aug 2019 5:00 p.m. PST

Are any scenarios included with the rules? I'd like to know if it's possible to use just the base set and still play out some diversity of battles.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Nov 2019 7:29 a.m. PST


The link goes to your Blog but I can't find your writings on this game?

Sebastian Palmer26 Nov 2019 2:47 p.m. PST

@LordAshram: where are you in the world? (Looked on yr profile, but it doesn't say) I was given this set, and have no desire or intention to play it. I'd be happy to let you have it for the cost of shipping. Contact me direct if interested at 'seb at sebpalmer dot com'.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Dec 2019 12:17 p.m. PST

Got a pair from On Military Matters, hope they arrive in time for Christmas :)

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