This match up happened very early on in the pairwise comparisons. I thought “wow! This is a tough choice.”
Both are based on the Richard Borg Command and Colours system.
Yes BattleLore has some extras to its mechanics. Setting the game up is actually part of the game play. It also adds lore to the game, which is basically magic. And that setup as game play is inspired.
Memoir ’44 has had way better support when it comes to expansions. There is a shit load of stuff for it. Ok some are mega expensive because they are out of print (which I don’t get, because it’s a popular game, an ever green title, and keeping stuff like expansions in print shouldn’t be an issue.) Plus I’m not sure FFG will do much more with BattleLore now with their RuneWars mini game just hitting the stores.
So does it just come down to theme? Do I prefer fantasy over historical? Or vice versa?
I decided this was a draw. Theme wasn’t a big decider in the end for me. Because if on the day I wanted to play a game like these it would come down to what theme am I in the mood for?
So I put this decision out on social media to get the thoughts of others on what they would chose.
I suspect Henning might be a little biased in his answer below. But he is correct his art in BattleLore is amazing.