Sunday 26 May 2019

Mortem et Gloriam - Game 34 - 2019/05/25


It's been a year since I started playing Mortem et Gloriam and since I attended my first tournament, Mini MeG. It was thus a great opportunity to come back for Mini MeG 3, this time organised with Pacto version of the rules.

Dean from Olympian Games was the tournament organiser again and this time he also participated in the event with his Parthian army. 

If you would like to check the details about this small tournament and/or the version of Pacto rules adapted for it, please follow this link: Mini MeG 3 - Rules Pack 

In short, Pacto is a simplified version of Mortem et Gloriam rules that allows to play with scaled down armies on smaller, 3 x 2 foot tables. In my understanding it is to allow quicker games but mainly to serve as in introduction to the full set of rules. As it requires fewer bases of the units, it should be very good for beginners and those who has just started building new armies.

I was very curious about this set. I was in particular intrigued by the opportunity to play on small tables. While I like full scale games, with the number of units that allow recreating big battles of history, having a smaller version of the rules has some advantages too. It may simply be a good alternative for quicker games when one may not necessarily commit enough time for a regular battle. 

I managed to scale down my army without any changes to the number and types of units. It was great because it allowed me to have a very good comparison between both versions. 

There were 6 participants on the day and we were to play 3 games. The armies represented were as follows: Armenians, 2 x Galatians, Early Seleucids, Parthians and Anglo-Danish. In the first round I played against Steven who brought an army of Armenians with some Hunnic allies. Here are the details of this force:

Armenian - Army List

Saturday 25 May 2019

Mortem et Gloriam - Game 33 - 2019/05/25


After a longer break in gaming that expected (and certainly not planned!), I had a great opportunity to play against Paul. This time he decided to try a new faction, Bosporan Kingdoms with some Sarmatian allies.

While I had some thoughts about minor changes in my own army, especially considering my experiences after Ascending Valhalla tournament, I decided to play with the very same force anyway. I did not come up with any alternative option in the meantime so I concluded I should focus on the tactical plan instead!

Unfortunately, my computer has recently crashed and I have not been able to recover some of my date, including the photos from this game. It means I had only end of turn photos I uploaded to facebook in the meantime. Because of that this particular battle report is going to have fewer diagrams, i.e. no sequence of actions gifs and no zoom-ins. I apologise for that, I hope I will still be able to recover them. If I succeed I am going to review and update this battle report.

I have never had a chance to play against Bosporan Kingdoms and I was intrigued by the large number of units Paul started unpacking. It was a mixture of heavy cavalry, horse archers, heavy infantry and skirmishers. Here are the details:

Bosporan Kingdoms - Army List

Sunday 5 May 2019

Mortem et Gloriam - Game 32 - 2019/05/05


In the fourth and final round of the Mortem et Gloriam tournament, Ascending Valhalla, I played against the army of Ghaznavid  commanded by Carl.

I played against Carl at CanCon so it was good to have a re-match so quickly! Back then he played with the army based on Khurasanian Dynasties. Ghaznavid army seems to me to follow the theme of less known factions in the history and once again I found myself trying to learn about them after the game.

Carl's army was a bit smaller than mine, with 9 TuG's only but as it had no SuG's it had higher break point. All cavalry was equipped with Bows and that in itself was a very interesting option. Here is the army list with all the details:

Ghaznavid - Army List