Well, we did our first Epic battle yesterday and with the help of the Troll map, it was easy and quick to setup. I played with the Dwarves and my bro with the Goblins.
We used the Cards from Scotish Wars, Dwarven Batalion, Goblin Marauders and Skirmishers to "customize" our armies and it worked great!
Epic battles are awesome but there's so much unit going on that at least 1/3 of them won't get used. I won 7 to 1...i'm proud to say that to this date, i'm undefeated in my play group hahah!
But how can Goblins win against the Dwarves?!!?! I'll try the Goblins in the near future because they look really fun to play with and a completely different approach compared to the Dwarves, which I love!
But all in all, without Call to Arms, we were still able to customize our ranks and add units from the multiple expansions I own and it worked really well at that since most of the cards simply tell you to replace X number of units with Y unit or deploy this new unit in an adjacent hex.
I found a french and new copy of Call to Arms (Aux Armes) for 10 canadian dollars and alreayd ordered a french copy os The Hundred Year War too that I found on german board game site (which is great btw!).
Last time I played Battlelore was 2 months ago and I missed it, one of my favorite game without a doubt!