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PanzerKaput’s Mortal Gods

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About the Project

Mortal Gods is a new game from War Banner, the people behind Gangs of Rome and Victrix Limited, scheduled for release in 2019. Greece has proven her might and the forces of the vast Persian Empire have been repulsed. Each City-State believes it played a key part in the victory and this new found pride has brought about rivalry, greed and conflict. Generals and statesmen vie for power and wealth in the chaos, risking exile or execution while the boldest and ambitious gather to them their Hoplites, these veteran warriors, bronze-clad and trained in war, stand loyal to their Strategos’ city or ideals. The price of failure being exile or death. In this age of strife and conflict, bold men may seize greatness and become as Mortal Gods! Mortal Gods is a skirmish tabletop game played with roughly 15-25 models on each side. Players select their warriors before each game based around a single heroic leader, or ‘Lochagos’, and a number of loyal companions and heroes forming a single Lochos (war band). Battles are swift and bloody as players alternate acting with one warrior or a group of warriors – moving and fighting to achieve the scenario objectives, whether that be cutting down the enemy, defending an outpost or finding and protecting an important character. The rules are available as a box set consisting of a Rulebook, Roster Cards, Gift Cards, Omen Cards, Injury Cards, Damage Dice and Mortal Gods Dice. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do and I look forward to facing you across the tabletop at event days.

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The Battle of Maroneia

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I played a game on Thursday with the new Boiotian League list using Thebes and Boiotians and boy are they hard. I played a 400 point (ish) game, I think is was about 407 point against generic Greek force and the forces play very well, very balanced and got the feeling that they were two different forces fighting.

We played the Take and Hold Scenario and set up 12″ away from the central objective so we could get into the fight quicker.

The Greek City State Lochos

Lochagos (leader) (heavy), Miltiades

Promachos (hero) (medium), Irenaeus

1 unit of Experienced Hoplites (heavy infantry)

1 unit of Hoplites (heavy infantry)

1 unit of Experienced Peripoloi (medium infantry)

2 units of Peripoloi (medium infantry)

1 unit of Pelastai (javelin armed medium infantry)

1 unit of Sphenonetai (slingers)

1 unit of Toxotai (archers)

plus 20 points in Gifts, to make them Heroic.

The Boiotian League Lochos

Boiotain Lochagos (leader) (heavy), Agaetos

Theban Sacred Band heroes (Heroes) (medium), Alkaios and Diodotus

1 unit of Theban Kadmeian Guard (medium infantry)

1 unit of Theban Sacred Band Hoplite (medium infantry)

1 unit of Theban Hoplites (heavy infantry)

2 units of Boiotian League Hamippoi (light cavalry)

2 units of Boiotian League Hoplites (medium infantry)

The Battle of Maroneia

The two forces line up against each other with the Greek putting there medium infantry into a Phalanx and advanced towards, took the centre objective with the aim to hold the position. The other objectives in the players areas were grabbed so at the end of the first phase the Greeks had control of two of the objectives.

The Boiotian force used their cavalry to manoeuvre on the flanks to take out the archers and slingers on the Greek’s flanks, firstly using their javelins and then charging in to finish them out in melee. These units, Hamippoi, are quite fast and nippy and can pack a punch but as quite weak in defence but I found them quite balanced.

The Theban Sacred Band Hoplites attacked the Greek phalanx, boasted by Boiotian Lochagos with the aim of pushing them off the objective. Theban Sacred Band Hoplites are hard and nearly smashed the phalanx, combination of lucky attack rolls and poor defence rolls, and the Boiotian Lochagos and the 1 unit of Theban Kadmeian Guard the phalanx broke but the individual units of Greeks with help of there Lochagos and Promachos they held onto the objective to the end and victory went to the Greeks.

The Battle of Ano Pefkeneas

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I am going to chronicle my battles against various opponents for Mortal Gods. These are not going to be battle reports as such but more a record of battles fought, rememberable actions in the battle and won won or lost.

This is the first in the series and it is a small skirmish between to equal forces, same troops on either same of Spartans and their allies versus Athenians and there allies in the Peloponnesian Wars.

This is the Battle of Ano Pefkeneas.

The Spartan Lochos

Lochagos (leader) (heavy), Alkibiades

Promachos (hero) (medium), Herakleitos

1 unit of Experienced Hoplites (heavy infantry)

1 unit of Hoplites (heavy infantry)

1 unit of Experienced Peripoloi (medium infantry)

2 units of Peripoloi (medium infantry)

1 unit of Pelastai (javelin armed medium infantry)

1 unit of Sphenonetai (slingers)

1 unit of Toxotai (archers)

 

The Athenian Lochos

Lochagos (leader) (heavy), Georgios

Promachos (hero) (medium), Meliton

1 unit of Experienced Hoplites (heavy infantry)

1 unit of Hoplites (heavy infantry)

1 unit of Experienced Peripoloi (medium infantry)

2 units of Peripoloi (medium infantry)

1 unit of Pelastai (javelin armed medium infantry)

1 unit of Sphenonetai (slingers)

1 unit of Toxotai (archers)

 

The two forces lined up and the Athenians crashed into the Spartan line and started to first push and then break the Spartan line with Spartan casualties mounting and then units breaking leaving holes in the Spartan line.

The Spartan Lochagos Alkibiades seeing this, marched forward in front of his Lochos and shattered a unit of Athenian Hoplites and took his chance to attack the Athenian Lochagos Georgios. As the pair of them fought the battle raged around them and the Athenian Georgios, struck at Alkibiades, again and again until finally his spear tip found his way from the Spartans armour and pieced his helmet and killed Alkibiades.

With the death of there Lochagos the Spartans left the field with Alkibiades carried on his shield and victory went to the Athenians.

The battle was played at Geek Villain Gaming Group and the gaming mat is by Geek Villain Ltd

More Objective Markers and more Peltast

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In Mortal Gods some to the scenarios played require objective markers. these can be anything as long as they fit on a 40mm base. So these give a little opportunity to create a little story or moment in time and I have for this one.

Before the Spartans started using the iconic Lambda (Λ), standing for Laconia or Lacedaemon, Spartans painted there shields like the rest of the Greeks. Each warrior would paint a symbol or device on there shield to mark them mark on the battlefield. Most painted large, colourful designs on there shields but one painted a life size bee on his shield. Everyone laughed at the bee saying why, the warriors reply was simple, when you are up close it will be large enough to see.

I have based this shield, which actually I think is a mirror for Warbases, on this story.

I have also added more Peltast because a; I love Peltast and b; I don’t have enough of them, this makes four stands now and I will play a game was nothing but light troops against Hoplites.

These guys are again from Victrix, which I think are some of the best on the market, and these are actually taken from a Republican Roman box, look at the javelins and you can see that. I wanted a bit of variety and these guys dont really look that much different to Greeks, a tunic is a tunic.

I have added the peltast shields to them for finish the look.

Spartan Krypteia

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I have been hard working on my Spartan Krypteia, basically Spartan elites, for Mortal Gods and jolly pleased I am with the results. I wanted them to fit into the rest of my Spartan force but at the same time stand out from them too, the helmets help with that for sure.

Certain young Spartan men who had completed their training at the agoge with such success that they were marked out as potential future leaders would be given the opportunity to test their skills and prove themselves worthy of the Spartan polity through participation in the Krypteia.

Every autumn, according to Plutarch (Life of Lycurgus, 28, 3–7), the Spartan ephors would pro forma declare war on the helot population so that any Spartan citizen could kill a helot without fear of punishment. At night, the chosen kryptai (κρύπται, members of the Krypteia) were sent out into the Laconian countryside armed with knives with the instructions to kill any helot they encountered and to take any food they needed. They were specifically told to kill the strongest and best of the helots. This practice was instigated to prevent the threat of a rebellion by the helots and to keep their population in check.

According to Cartledge, Krypteia members stalked the helot villages and surrounding countryside, spying on the servile population. Their mission was to prevent and suppress unrest and rebellion. Troublesome helots could be summarily executed. Such brutal repression of the helots permitted the Spartan elite to successfully control the servile agrarian population and devote themselves to military practice. It may also have contributed to the Spartans’ reputation for stealth since a kryptēs (κρύπτης) who got caught was punished by whipping.

Only Spartans who had served in the Krypteia as young men could expect to achieve the highest ranks in Spartan society and army. It was felt that only those Spartans who showed the willingness and ability to kill for the state at a young age were worthy to join the leadership in later years.

Athenian Light and support Troops

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Although the mainstay of any Greek army is there Hoplites and there various classes, they do need support troops if they want to soften up or break the opponents phalanx.

So I have added for light forces to me Athenians in the form of a unit of Peltrast, light infantry with the strength to fight with armoured hoplites for a round or two but also have javelins which they can use to rain hell of the enemy.

I have also added slingers, archers and javelin-men too

I have gone with the same blues I have used previously for my Peripoloi and Hoplites to bring the whole force together and give it that look of Athens.

Athenian Hoplites

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Here are my Athenian Hoplites, that is heavy armoured troops in armour, be it bronze breastplate or linothorax, basically linen armour, and a Shield and Helmet. These are classified as Heavy armoured troops in Mortal Gods and are the kings of the battlefield.

 

I have gone with the same colour pattern of the Peripoloi with the blue for Athens as it the colour most associated with Athens and also makes them stand out from the Spartans in their Red and may generic Greek City State is there multi colours.

I still have the shield to do but I am very happy of the overall and i think it gives a lovely uniformed look to the force.

Next up for them is some light infantry including Slingers, Archers, Javelin-men and Peltast.

Athenian Peripoloi, Part 2

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My Athenian Peripoloi, medium Hoplites, are finished and based except the shields which I am going to do once I finished the Athenian Hoplites and Lochos, leader. I am rather pleased with the look and though they are all individually dressed they look uniformed and coherent look. I have gone for the blue for Athens, the colour associated with Athens like Red is the colour associated with Sparta, whether in reality it is true, I dont know, but it does make my two forces stand out against each other.

I am making a start of the Athenian Heavy Hoplites and I am aiming to have them painted in a similar way to the Peripoloi. So far I am just primed and started the skin tones.

Athenians, The start of a new Faction

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Having completes a generic Greek city state faction and a Spartan faction I have now turned my attention to the Athenians. This kind of makes sense considering Mortal Gods is set in the Peloponnesian War so having the Athenians to fight the Spartans makes sense.

These all come from the Footsore Miniatures and Games faction box for Athens and they are mainly Victrix figures, there Athenians, with the special characters being from Footsore. They look amazing and are a dream to paint.

I have assembled these guys without their shields so I can paint the whole of the figure without the shield getting in the way. This means that I will be painting the shields on their own.

These are the first unit I started to paint for the Athenians consisting of three stands of three Peripoloi, or Medium to Light Athenian Hoplites. These guys are the backbone of the Athenian army being mainly citizen soldiers generally given a shield and a spear to fight with.

I have gone for giving my Athenians blue tunics as blue is the colour of Athens, yes I do know that in reality they wore what they had and there would be a myriad of colours but I wanted a force that said Athenians just like my Spartans say Spartans.

I have painted most of the large area colours and now it is the leather work, the details and the basing to do.

Mortal Gods Demo, 300 points

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The other week I demoed Mortal Gods to one of my local wargames club Geek Villain Gaming in Enderby, Leicester, a new and growing club. The forces involved were basically the same generic Greek forces and made for the figures that you find in the Core box for Mortal Gods.

The scenario was a simple kill the opposing Lochagos, leader, and both players who had never played the game before clashed in a tightly fought game. After a couple of rounds the players had picked on the runs and were playing against each other without my help and enjoyed the game.

Both sides had the following 300 point list

1x Lochagos, Leader

1x Promachos, Hero

1x group of Hoplites, Heavy Infantry

2x groups of Peripoloi, Medium Infantry

1x group of Peltastai, Light Infantry

1x group of Sphendoetai, Slingers

Battle at Boards & Swords in Derby

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The other week on Sunday 8th April I played my first game of Mortal Gods at Boards and Swords Hobbies in Derby. BASH is a great, friendly shop with lots of gaming tables and they were having a launch day for Mortal Gods.

I have to say it was a very enjoyable day made even better by winning my first game playing. I love the rules as they are fast and easy to pick up, especially if you have played Test of Honour before. But they are different too and its the difference that makes Mortal Gods that much better in my opinion.

It is a simple wargame but it is the unit abilities which is on the cards that make this game and the way it makes the Heroes feel well like heroes. i am looking forward to playing more games.

My Completed Greek Force

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Here is my completed Greek force for Mortal Gods. I have gone for a generic Greek city state force so I can use it either Athens or Sparta. Next though I am going to be working on a Spartan force.

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Update on My Greeks force for Mortal Gods.

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My Greek forceMy Greek force

I have finished nearly two thirds of my Greek force. I have gone for a generic force that is not aligned to Athens or Sparta, so I come have more flexibility with it but I can see me adding these city states as the project progresses.

The force assembled is a small size force and in the process of adding a few more to it. This should give me a good average size force and cannot wait to have these fully painted and ready for battle.

I am still needing to finish the basing, I wanted to get all my force painted first and then do the bases, as I wanted them to look the same. The question is how do I paint Mediterranean  bases?

Peltast and Psiloi, Assembling

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Peltast carried a crescent-shaped wicker shield called a pelted as their main protection, hence their name. According to Aristotle, the pelted was rimless and covered in goat or sheepskin. Some literary sources imply that the shield could be round, but in art, it is usually shown as crescent-shaped. It also appears in Scythian art and may have been a common type in Central Europe. The shield could be carried with a central strap and a hand-grip near the rim or with just a central hand-grip. It may also have had a carrying strap as Thracian peltasts slung their shields on their backs when evading the enemy. Peltasts’ weapons consisted of several javelins (akontia), which may have had to throw straps to allow more force to be applied to a throw.

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In ancient Greece, the Psiloi usually belonged to the poorest citizen classes; sometimes even unfree conscripts would be employed, such as the Peloponnesian helots. They were armed with a variety of missile weapons, such as the bow (toxa), javelin (akontia), sling (sfendonai) or even stones (lithoi). For defense, they had no armor and usually no shield, but would be equipped with a dagger or shortsword.

The psiloi were trained as skirmishers. Their task was to harass the enemy phalanx before the clash, to try to provoke disorder and protect their own lines from enemy skirmishers. They would be sent to occupy imposing terrain around and within the battlefield, as well as to disrupt the enemy in any way during his march, deployment or encampment. Just before the charge of the line, the psiloi would be recalled through the phalanx and deployed behind it or on its wings. They would avoid close combat with more heavily armed opponents unless they had the advantage of especially favorable terrain.

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Greeks but no Gifts.

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This is my journey into Mortal Gods and even though the actually game isn’t out yet I have decided that I will start building my army/force/Lochos (war band) using the bases that Sarissa and War Banner do and a couple of boxes,okay three boxes of Victrix plastic Greeks.

The boxes I have used from Victrix are Mercenary Armoured Hoplites, Greek Unarmoured Hoplites and Greek Peltasts, Javelin Men and Slingers. I have more than enough to make a Lochos and will start with one force and build a second once this one is finished.

The nice thing is that the figures that I have brought are the same as the ones which will come in the core set, just less of them. The plastics that Victrix make are actually very nice and lots of options without making it to complex or confusing to build.

So this is going to be my journey is Mortal Gods, Greeks and Ancients.

 

Mortal Gods is a skirmish tabletop game played with roughly 15-25 models on each side. Players select their warriors before each game based around a single heroic leader, or ‘Lochagos’, and a number of loyal companions and heroes forming a single Lochos (war band).

Battles are swift and bloody as players alternate acting with one warrior or a group of warriors – moving and fighting to achieve the scenario objectives, whether that be cutting down the enemy, defending an outpost or finding and protecting an important character.

I have to say that I know very little about Greeks, Romans or ancients come to think about it other than from films and what I read at school. So this is a learning journey for me too to find out more the different types and names of Greeks mean.

The game basically is based around a leader and Hoplites, large shield carrying, spear armed soldiers. Now these can wearing armour or unarmoured but these are the back bone of your war band. These use a triangular group base so they can “Form Up” and fight as a Phalanx, the classic image of Greeks fighting.

These are supports by archers, slingers,  javelin men and Peltast, collective known as Psiloi, light infantry who acted as skirmishers and missile troops. These use a round group base and I will explain more about the bases and troop types as I go along.

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