Sunday, 17 February 2019

Game 109 - Forces of Nature - 2019/02/16

Greetings!

In my last game before CanCon2019 I once again played against Jeff. I had a difficult decision to make, I had to choose between two events at the same time. This year I chose Mortem Et Gloriam. However, I still could help Jeff to test his army one more time before could decide on the final version of it.

This time Jeff decided to trade the speed of the Forest Shamblers, in particular in formation, for high defense of Earth Elementals. Hydras were gone too, with 3 Beasts of Nature instead. Also, there were Druids this time and together with Forest Wardens this army had quite a large number of Drain Lice spells. Here are the details:

Forces of Nature - Army List

6 Fire Elementals, Horde, Large Infantry, Crushing Strength (2), Shambling
- Beast of Nature,  Monster, Crushing Strength (2), Breath Attack (10)
- Forest Warden, Large Infantry, Hero,  Crushing Strength (2), Pathfinders, Nimble, Vanguard, Surge (3), Drain Life

6 Fire Elementals, Horde, Large Infantry, Crushing Strength (2), Shambling
- Beast of Nature,  Monster, Crushing Strength (2), Breath Attack (10)
- Forest Warden, Large Infantry, Hero,  Crushing Strength (2), Pathfinders, Nimble, Vanguard, Surge (3), Drain Life

6 Fire Elementals, Horde, Large Infantry, Crushing Strength (2), Shambling
- Forest Warden, Large Infantry, Hero,  Crushing Strength (2), Pathfinders, Nimble, Vanguard, Surge (3), Drain Life, Inspiring Talisman
- Beast of NatureMonster, Crushing Strength (2), Breath Attack (10)

3 Earth Elementals, Large Infantry, Regiment, Crushing Strength (1), Shambling, Defense 6+
- Druid, Heal (2), Individual, Inspiring

3 Earth Elementals, Large Infantry, Regiment, Crushing Strength (1), Shambling, Defense 6+
- Druid, Heal (2), Individual, Inspiring

3 Earth Elementals, Large Infantry, Regiment, Crushing Strength (1), Shambling, Defense 6+
- Druid, Heal (2), Individual, Inspiring

3 Earth Elementals, Large Infantry, Regiment, Crushing Strength (1), Shambling, Defense 6+
 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Mortem et Gloriam - Game 22 - 2019/02/12

Hello!

In the second game of the tournament during CanCon 2019 I was to play against a completely different type of an army - French from 100 Years War, commanded by Stephen.

It was not the first time for me to play against such a force. I expected a lot of armored TuG's, be it mounted or on foot. And I was not disappointed as Stephen brought quite a compact army, comprised only of TuG's. It looked relatively small, although it had only one unit less than my Early Seleucids. It simply told me I should have expected tough elements to fight against. 

Here are the details of the army list (I apologize for any inconsistencies, as this list was created from memory):

100 Years War French - Army List

Commanders

Army Commander
Subordinate General 1
Subordinate General 2  

TuG's

6 French Knights - Cavalry, Formed Loose, Superior, Fully Armored, Charging Lancer, Devastating Chargers, Melee Expert
6 French Knights - Cavalry, Formed Loose, Superior, Fully Armored, Charging Lancer, Devastating Chargers, Melee Expert
4 Valet de Guerre, Cavalry, Formed Loose, Average, Protected, Charging Lancer,  Melee Expert

6 Dismounted French Knights - Infantry, Formed Close, Average, Fully Armored, 2-H Cut-Crush, Melee Expert
6 Crossbowmen - Infantry, Formed Loose, Average, Protected, Experienced, Crossbow 
6 Crossbowmen - Infantry, Formed Loose, Average, Protected, Experienced, Crossbow 
6 Longbowmen - Infantry, Formed Loose, Average, Protected, Experienced, Powerbow
6 Genoese Crossbowmen - Infantry, Drilled Loose, Average, Protected, Experienced, Crossbow, Shield Cover
4 Men-at-arms - Infantry, Drilled Close, Average, Fully Armored, 2-H Cut-Crush, Melee Expert
4 Men-at-arms - Infantry, Drilled Close, Average, Fully Armored, 2-H Cut-Crush, Melee Expert 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Game 108 - Forces of Nature - 2019/02/10

Greetings!

I played my third game of 2019 against my most regular opponent, Jeff. We played that game prior to CanCon 2019 and Jeff wanted to test some of his ideas before he would submit the final army list for the event.

Jeff decided to choose Forces of Nature this time, which looked like a big change in comparison to his Night Stalkers army. Although my previous game against Ed was also versus Forces of Nature host, this army was completely different in terms of composition. It is yet another example how well Kings of War game is designed that it allows such a variety, even in the frame of the same faction.

We played at 2250 points per side and here are the details of the army list Jeff brought to our game:

Forces of Nature - Army List

6 Fire Elementals, Horde, Large Infantry, Crushing Strength (2), Shambling
- Beast of Nature,  Monster, Crushing Strength (2), Breath Attack (10)

6 Fire Elementals, Horde, Large Infantry, Crushing Strength (2), Shambling
- Beast of Nature,  Monster, Crushing Strength (2), Lightning Bolt (6)

6 Fire Elementals, Horde, Large Infantry, Crushing Strength (2), Shambling
- Forest Warden, Large Infantry, Hero,  Crushing Strength (2), Pathfinders, Nimble, Vanguard, Surge (3), Inspiring (Forest Shamblers only), Drain Life, Inspiring Talisman
- Hydra, Monster, Crushing Strength (2), Regeneration (5+) 

3 Forest Shamblers, Large Infantry, Regiment, Crushing Strength (1), Pathfinders, Shambling, Vanguard
- Forest Warden, Large Infantry, Hero,  Crushing Strength (2), Pathfinders, Nimble, Vanguard, Surge (3), Inspiring (Forest Shamblers only), Drain Life, Griffin Banner
- Hydra, Monster, Crushing Strength (2), Regeneration (5+)  

Wardens Watch - Formation

3 Forest Shamblers, Large Infantry, Regiment, Crushing Strength (1), Pathfinders, Shambling, Vanguard, Speed 7
- Greater Earth Elemental, Monster, Crushing Strength (3), Shambling - this unit is not part of the formation
 
3 Forest Shamblers, Large Infantry, Regiment, Crushing Strength (1), Pathfinders, Shambling, Vanguard, Speed 7
- Forest Warden, Large Infantry, Hero,  Crushing Strength (2), Pathfinders, Nimble, Vanguard, Speed 7, Surge (3), Inspiring (Forest Shamblers only), Drain Life
- Greater Earth Elemental, Monster, Crushing Strength (3), Shambling - this unit is not part of the formation

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Mortem et Gloriam - Game 21 - 2019/02/09

Hello!

In the first game of the tournament the players were matched based on their armies. The attempt was made to match up armies from similar historical periods if possible. Thanks to that system I was about to play against David and his Macedonian Successors!

I played against David once before and I was very glad to have an opportunity for a re-match. Even better, this time he had a very similar army to mine! It was the first time I had such a chance and I was really looking forward who would prevail in pike-vs-pike fight. And it did feel like one of these monumental battles that were fought after the death of Alexander the Great between his Successors.

Here are the details of the army list David decided to bring to the tournament:

Macedonian Successors - Army List

Army List

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Game 107 - Forces of Nature - 2019/02/03

Greetings!

It's been a while since I have posted a battle report from the game played in Kings of War. It was not due to lack of games, quite the contrary! In fact, I have quite a number of them to report so let's try to get back on track!

This game was played against one of my regular opponents, Ed. He has recently participated in UK Masters event (3rd time in a row!) with his Empire of Dust army. However, for the new season and under CoK2019 rules he decided to go for a new project - Forces of Nature. 

I have not played against Forces of Nature army for a while. I consider this faction one of the core Mantic armies and it is great to see some models being released for them. Forces of Nature army has also got 3rd formation in CoK2019 update and guess what, Ed decided to take all three of them in his force!

Here are the details:

Forces of Nature - Army List

The Wild Hunt - Formation

10 Centaur Bray-Striders, Cavalry, Regiment, Crushing Strength (1), Pathfinders, Thunderous Charge (1), Brutal
- 5 Centaur Bray-Striders, Cavalry, Troop, Crushing Strength (1), Pathfinders, Thunderous Charge (1), Brutal
- 5 Centaur Bray-Striders, Cavalry, Troop, Crushing Strength (1), Pathfinders, Thunderous Charge (1), Brutal
- Centaur Chief, Hero, Individual, Inspiring, Crushing Strength (2),  Pathfinders, Thunderous Charge (1), Bow, Brutal

All units in this formation have Brutal special rule

Boulderguard - Formation

6 Earth Elementals, Large Infantry, Horde, Crushing Strength (1), Pathfinders, Shambling, Iron Resolve
6 Earth Elementals, Large Infantry, Horde, Crushing Strength (1), Pathfinders, Shambling, Iron Resolve
- Greater Earth Elemental, Monster, Crushing Strength (2), Pathfinder, Shambling, Iron Resolve

All units in this formation have Iron Resolve special rule

Wardens Watch - Formation

3 Forest Shamblers, Large Infantry, Regiment, Crushing Strength (1), Pathfinders, Shambling, Vanguard, Speed 7
3 Forest Shamblers, Large Infantry, Regiment, Crushing Strength (1), Pathfinders, Shambling, Vanguard, Speed 7
- Forest Warden, Large Infantry, Hero,  Crushing Strength (2), Pathfinders, Nimble, Vanguard, Speed 7, Sure (3), Inspiring (Forest Shamblers only)

All units in this formation have +1 Speed (effectively Speed 7) and Forest Warden has Inspiring (Forest Shamblers only) special rule

In addition, the following units completed the army at 2000 points:

5 Centaur Bray-Hunters, Cavalry, Troops, Bows, Nimble, Pathfinders, Thunderous Charge (1)
Centaur Chief, Hero, Individual, Inspiring, Crushing Strength (2),  Pathfinders, Thunderous Charge (1)
Druid, Hero, Individual, Inspiring, Pathfinder, Heal (2), Bane Chant (2), Surge (7)
Beast of Nature, Monster, Crushing Strength (2), Pathfinders, Lighting Bolt (6), Fly, Vicious (and increase attacks to 7).

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Mortem et Gloriam - CanCon 2019 - Introduction - 2019/01/31


Hello!

One of the biggest games related event in Australia is CanCon. It takes place during the first long weekend of January and this year it was 26-28th. It is held in Canberra and attracts large crowd of enthusiasts of a huge variety of games. People attend tournaments, events, visit trade stands and participate in many different activities.

I attended my first CanCon in 2011 and I missed only a single event since then. I have always participated in 3 day tournament and this year was no different. However, this time I took part in Mortem et Gloriam event, organized by Dean from Olympian Games. Unfortunately, Dean was not an active participant as he was busy advertising Mortem et Gloriam to as many potential players at his trading stand as possible. 

Sixteen players registered and all of them arrived to the venue safely. It was great to see players coming even from Perth to attend the event and we had a great variety of armies. Here is the list of players and their respective armies:

1 Stephen - Arab Conquest
2 Andrew C. - Numidians
3 Andrew W. - Picts
4 Mitchell - County of Edessa
5 Carl - Khurisanian
6 Pawel - Early Selucids
7 David - Macedonian Succesor
8 Dru - Alamanni
9 Geoff - Senguko Samurai
10 Leigh - Mid Republican Romans
11 Paul - Imperial Roman
12 Craig - Graeco-Bactrian
13 Trevor - Tutonic Order
14 Robert - Mid Republican Romans
15 Jacob - Mid Republican Romans
16 Stephen - 100 Yrs War - French

It was also good to see that Romans were quite popular as I hoped to get as many relatively accurate historical match-ups as possible.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Will who helped us with checking the army lists prior to the event! (Check out his blog for MeG content - http://madlemmey.blogspot.com/)

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Mortem et Gloriam - Game 20 - 2019/01/24

Hello!

With CanCon2019 coming soon, it was a good idea to have a practice game at required 10,500 points. Especially that my recent games were at 7000 points and under Magna version of the rules.

Fortunately for me, Paul was also looking for an opponent and we decided to have a re-match. Last time Paul's Foederate Romans were defeated so there was a score to settle!

We both had to make minor changes so that our armies followed the updated army lists for respective factions. However, in general it seemed that both forces were almost exactly the same as last time. Perfect setting for a re-match!

Foederate Romans - Army List

Commanders

Army Commander - Talented Professional
Subordinate General 1 - Competent Professional
Subordinate General 2 - Competent Professional
Subordinate General 3 - Mediocre Professional

 
Camp

Camp - Formed Loose, Poor, Fortified
TuGs

6 Legions Auxila - Infantry, Drilled Flexible, Superior, Protected, Short Spear, Darts, Experienced, Shield Cover 
6 Legions Auxila - Infantry, Drilled Flexible, Superior, Protected, Short Spear, Darts, Experienced, Shield Cover 
6 Legions Auxila - Infantry, Drilled Flexible, Average, Protected, Short Spear, Darts, Experienced, Shield Cover  
6 Legions Auxila - Infantry, Drilled Flexible, Average, Protected, Short Spear, Darts, Experienced, Shield Cover  

4 Upgraded Foederate Cavalry -  Cavalry, Formed Loose, Superior, Protected, Short Spear, Devastating Charger, Melee Expert
4 Upgraded Foederate Cavalry -  Cavalry, Formed Loose, Superior, Protected, Short Spear, Devastating Charger, Melee Expert
4 Equites - Cavalry, Drilled Loose, Superior, Protected, Short Spear, Javelin, Unskilled, Melee Expert
4 Equites - Cavalry, Drilled Loose, Superior, Protected, Short Spear, Javelin, Unskilled, Melee Expert
4 Foederate Cavalry - Cavalry, Formed Loose, Average, Protected, Short Spear, Javelin, Unskilled, Melee Expert 
4 Foederate Cavalry - Cavalry, Formed Loose, Average, Protected, Short Spear, Javelin, Unskilled, Melee Expert 
4 Foederate Cavalry - Cavalry, Formed Loose, Average, Protected, Short Spear, Javelin, Unskilled, Melee Expert  

SuG's

6 Auxilia Sagittarii - Infantry, Formed Loose, Average, Protected, Experienced, Bow, Combat Shy

6 Equites Saggittari - Cavalry, Skirmisher, Average, Unprotected, Bow, Experienced, Combat Shy 
6 Equites Saggittari - Cavalry, Skirmisher, Average, Unprotected, Bow, Experienced, Combat Shy