Saturday, 17 August 2019

Mortem et Gloriam - Game 39 - 2019/08/17

Hello!

As you have probably noticed by now, Stephen is one of my regular opponents at the moment. We were also both preparing for a tournament in the frame of WinterCon 2019 event. Stephen, inspired by the most recent performance of Cretan Archers, decided to bring any army with his own Skilled shooters - Mamluk Egypitan.

I have never played against such a force. Although I played against armies with horse archers, the Mamluks are different. First, I was about to deal with TuG's of Skilled, bow armed cavalry. It means that Stephen did not have to worry about low break point for the army. And still be able to evade slow blocks of pike armed infantry. Second, Mamluk cavalry can fight too. Especially Superior Royal Mamluks that are Melee Experts armed with Short Spears. 

Here are the details of almost all mounted force I was about to fight against:

Mamluk Egyptian - Army List


Saturday, 10 August 2019

Game 119 - Kingdoms of Men - 2019/08/10

Greetings!

I was very interested in getting a re-match against Simon so when he had a bit of time to play again, I took the opportunity immediately!

This time, however, Simon was to bring his army from the mythical city of Dobrensk. Somewhere in the North, where there is snow and there are plenty of Monsters! 

Because of that the people of Dobrensk are hardy folk and had to rely on themselves to protect their families. No wonder then that the nobility is often represented by the regiments of knights while each citizen is well prepared to wield all sorts of nasty weapons to the fight.

Here are the details of the army based on Kingdoms of Men army list at 2000 points:

City of Dobrensk - Army List

40 Bowmen (B), Horde, Infantry
- 10 Pole-Arms Block (Pa1), Troop, Infantry, Crushing Strength (1)
- 10 Pole-Arms Block (Pa2), Troop, Infantry, Crushing Strength (1)
- 10 Pole-Arms Block (Pa3), Troop, Infantry, Crushing Strength (1)
- 10 Pole-Arms Block (Pa4), Troop, Infantry, Crushing Strength (1)
- Siege Artillery (A1), War Engine, Blast (D6 + 2), Indirect Fire, Piercing (4), Reload!
- General on Winged Beast (G), Hero, Monster, Crushing Strength (2), Fly, Very Inspiring

10 Knights (K2), Regiment, Cavalry, Headstrong, Thunderous Charge (2), Pathfinder
- 10 Pole-Arms Block (Pa5), Troop, Infantry, Crushing Strength (1)
- Siege Artillery (A2), War Engine, Blast (D6 + 2), Indirect Fire, Piercing (4), Reload!
- Army Standard Bearer (AS), Mounted, Individual, Very Inspiring

10 Knights (K1), Regiment, Cavalry, Headstrong, Thunderous Charge (2)
- 5 Mounted Scouts (MS1), Troop, Cavalry, Bows, Nimble
- 5 Mounted Scouts (MS2), Troop, Cavalry, Bows, Nimble
- Wizard (W), Mounted, Fireball (6), Blizzard, Individual, Inspiring Talisman

10 Knights (K3), Regiment, Cavalry, Headstrong, Thunderous Charge (2)

10 Knights (K4), Regiment, Cavalry, Headstrong, Thunderous Charge (2)

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Mortem et Gloriam - Game 38 - 2019/08/04

Hello!

Once in a while I have an opportunity to play against an army from a completely different historical period. That was the case this time when Steve wanted to try out his Trastamara Spanish army.

I always find it quite interesting to see if any of the historically more advanced weapons would make a difference in the game. It is also kind of a test of the system as well. If armies from different periods can still do well against each other, it means the mechanics of the game is quite flexible.

I must admit that this historical period is not that well known to me, as I usually prefer to read about ancient times. However, I use such games also as an incentive to learn a bit more.

It was quite interesting to see what kind of army Steve is going to use. It was the force comprised of the regiments of different ethnicity and made it even more intriguing. Landsknechts, Italian Knights, Spanish light cavalry etc. Visually, it was relatively similar army to mine, with a main battle line formed by various Pikemen, some cavalry and supporting units.

Here are the details:

Trastamara Spanish - Army List


Saturday, 3 August 2019

Game 118 - Trident Realms - 2019/08/03

Greetings!

Some time ago Ed, one of my most regular opponents, asked if we can play a game at 2600 points. He needed some practice before the tournament he was about to attend. I thought it is a great idea to try and upscale the army even further than 2250 points. This is the upper limit I have reached so far, mainly to be able to field the army with fully painted models.

And this is what I did. Instead of building a new army list, I decided to add something to the existing force. I also wanted to stick to the previous condition, i.e. to include models I have already painted. Just in case I have the opportunity to play the game with them, rather than on Universal Battle 2.

Ed used this opportunity to create something quite spectacular. He chose to add an allied contingent of the Herd but used it for the modelling purposes. He used the units from the Herd list to bring the models that are still perfectly in line with his Trident Realm army! Stampede is represented by a giant Kraken, Guardian Brutes are in the form of huge walking Crabs and Centaurs are half women, half snakes creatures. I think it is just an awesome example on how to expand the exiting range of units/models with allied forces that in the end creates a very unique looking army. Ed was kind enough to send a group photo of his units in this army. Well done indeed!

Here are the details of this army list:

Trident Realms - Army List

6 Depth Horrors, Horde, Large Infantry, Crushing Strength (1), Ensnare
- Knucker, Monster, Ensnare, Nimble, Pathfinder, Stealthy, Thunderous Charge (3)
- Siren[1], Hero, Infantry, Drain Life (6), Ensnare, Individual, Inspiring, Siren's Call, Stealthy

6 Depth Horrors, Horde, Large Infantry, Crushing Strength (1), Ensnare
- Knucker, Monster, Ensnare, Nimble, Pathfinder, Stealthy, Thunderous Charge (3)
- Eckter[1], Hero, Infantry, Crushing Strength (2), Ensnare, Individual, Inspiring, Krakenmaw, Phalanx

40 Naiad Ensnarers, Horde, Infantry, Ensnare, Pathfinder, Regeneration (4+), Brew of Strength, Fury (Fury of the Sea Formation)
- Knucker, Monster, Ensnare, Nimble, Pathfinder, Stealthy, Thunderous Charge (3)
- Naiad Centurion, Hero, Infantry, Crushing Strength (1), Ensnare, Individual, Inspiring, Pathfinder, Regeneration (4+), Harpoon Gun (Range 18"), Piercing (1), Banner of Griffin, Fury (Fury of the Sea Formation)

20 Naiad Hearpiercers, Regiment, Infantry, Individual, Inspiring, Ensnare, Harpoon-Gun (Range 18"), Pathfinder, Piercing (1), Regeneration (4+), Fury, Steady Aim (Fury of the Sea Formation)
- Naiad Envoy, Hero, Infantry, Crushing Strength (1), Ensnare, Individual, Inspiring, Pathfinder, Regeneration (4+), Heal (3), Teleport (3)L, Shroud of the Saint

20 Naiad Hearpiercers, Regiment, Infantry, Ensnare, Harpoon-Gun (Range 18"), Pathfinder, Piercing (1), Regeneration (4+), Fury, Steady Aim (Fury of the Sea Formation)

The Herd - Allies

3 Guardian Brutes, Regiment, Large Infantry, Crushing Strength (1), Fury, Thunderous Charge (2)
- 5 Centaur Bray-Hunters, Troop, Cavalry, Bows, Nimble, Pathfinder, Thunderous Charge (1)
- Centaur Chief, Hero, Cavalry, Bow, Crushing Strength (2), Individual, Inspiring, Pathfinder, Thunderous Charge (1)

6 Stampede*, Horde, Large Cavalry, Crushing Strength (1), Pathfinder, Strider, Thunderous Charge (3)

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Mortem et Gloriam - Game 37 - 2019/07/28

Greetings!

Once again, there was an unplanned break in battle reporting for which I sincerely apologise. I hope I will be able to make up for it because I played six more games after this one, four of which were at the local tournament, WinterCon 2019.

It is good I took a lot of photos from this battle, as we played a rematch with Paul who brought slightly altered army of his Bosporan Kingdom with trusted (hopefully!) Sarmatian allies. I managed to recreated the turns but there may be a few inaccuracies here and there, for which I apologise in advance. I do hope, however, that this report will be equally entertaining as the game was definitely very interesting for both of us. 

One of the reasons is that both our armies seem to represent different approach to warfare. Paul's force was mostly mounted, with some infantry to add to the flexibility. It had a significant numerical superiority as well. But it was also led by instinctive commanders and the troops were mostly formed. It could potentially provide some challenges in getting the units where they are the most needed at the right time. 

On the other hand, at least from my point of view, my smaller force should be easier to manoeuvre at the cost of smaller frontage and constant danger of being outflanked. 

Here are the details of the army Paul used as well as I could recall after some time we played. There may have been differences in the skills of each TuG, for instance, I initially thought that Paul had Greek Mercenaries but that would not fit into the army. Unless he downgraded some superior cavalry to average. However, from the point of view of the type the army list is accurate nonetheless.

Bosporan Kingdom - Army List


Sunday, 16 June 2019

Game 117 - Night Stalkers - 2019/06/16

Greetings!

It has been ages since my last game of Kings of War so I am really happy to post this battle report! Even more so that this time I played against Simon, the gaming buddy from the times of Warhammer. We had a few games in Kings of War too. It was thus great to play another game, especially after a long break.

This time Simon decided to bring his Night Stalkers army, which he says he based on Forest Ghosts and Terrors model-wise. It would be fantastic to play against such an army from haunted forest with real models! For now, however, we were happy to play on Universal Battle. :)

One aspect of Kings of War I like a lot is that even in the frame of a single faction one can build various army lists that are significantly different from each other. It was certainly the case in here because I compared the force Simon created to those, for instance, that Jeff played with in our previous battles. It is truly amazing how many options are out there and it is a true testimony to a well designed game!

Here are the details of Simon's army (we played at 2000 points per side):

Night Stalkers - Army List

6 Butchers (B1), Horde, Large Infantry, Crushing Strength (2), Shambling, Brutal
- Shadow-Hulk (SH), Monster, 75 x 75mm base, Crushing Strength (3), Strider, Brutal, Speed 7

6 Butchers (B2), Horde, Large Infantry, Crushing Strength (2), Shambling, Brutal
- Butcher Fleshripper (F), Hero (Large Infantry), Crushing Strength (2), Nimble, Stealthy, Surge (3)

Butchers and Shadow Hulk are in Butcher's Block Formation.

20 Dopplegangers (D), Regiment, Infantry
- Terror (T), Monster, 75 x 75mm base, Crushing Strength (1), Ensnare, Regeneration (4+), Shambling, Stealthy

20 Scarecrows (S1), Regiment, Infantry, Shambling
- Portal of Despair [1] (PoD), War Engine, 75 x 75mm base, Advanced Deployment, Height 4

20 Scarecrows (S2), Regiment, Infantry, Shambling
- Horror (H), Hero (Infantry), Individual, Surge (6)

20 Phantoms (P), Regiment, Infantry, Crushing Strength (1), Fly, Shambling
- Funny Bone [1] (FB), Hero, Individual, Dread

3 Nightmares*, Regiment, Large Cavalry, Crushing Strength (1), Fly, Thunderous Charge (1), Windblast (5), This unit is not Stealthy 

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Mortem et Gloriam - Game 36 - 2019/06/08

Hello!

In the last round of MiniMeG III tournament, where we used Pacto version of Mortem Et Gloriam rules, I commanded my Early Seleucids to repel yet another Galatian invasion! This time, the hordes of barbarians were commanded by Leigh, against whom I had a pleasure to play a few times already.

Leigh brought a force that had a very similar core to the army I played against in round two. The main difference was perhaps in the fact that he also had some Chariots and the commanders were of higher skill (Legendary and Talented). From my point of view this army posed a similar challenge, though, so I hoped to adapt similar plan. And improve from round 2 by applying freshly learned lessons.

Here are the details of the army Leigh brought to the event:

Galatians - Army List