Defending the Empire
Mamma Li Turchi is a DBMM 200 tournament organized by me. The goal was to have fun and try to have new players to introduce to DBMM. The format with historically enemy armies, shorter games and one day setting is well suited to this.
I was the umpire, and would play just with an odd number of players. Guessing I would be around the tables answering questions from the less experienced players, I decided to use an army that had a very defensive stance and could counterattack. Not my usual game style, but nonetheless a very interesting change.
The army composition was that
C1- CiC RCvO, 6 RCvO, 2 RKnO, 3 RLhS - 18ME
C2- SG RCvO, 8 RBwI, 1 RBdS, 4ILhF - 15ME
C3- SG RCvO, 6 IAxI, 6 IPsO, 1ILhF - 12ME
C4- 3 IBgI - 3ME
First corps was the striking arm. The RKnO were to be deployed in a second line to be used as a reserve to deliver, if possible, some QK charge. The LhS would be used as flankers or pickets.
The second corps role was to support with shooting the first, and to act as a bait. As long just the Bw were engaged, this small corps could take a lot of damage. Just I should be careful with the LhF
The third corps had usually the lower pip die, and defended some terrain feature. Having so many terrain troops I could use it to attack and try to swarm enemy.
Concealed command stratagem was choosen because even if moving first as defender, I thought to not attack directly the enemy, but let him come to me. This would avoid the problem of having the first turn move with one corps not on the table.
I made some training game with this army before the tournament, and it worked well. The main problem was to face massed CvS and KnS. Against them I should rely a lot on friendly terrain.
The army was fun to use, but too light when facing most of the opponents. Islamic Persians, Hungarians and Serbians proved very tough to me. Next time I would use it with a Serbian ally corps of 5 IKnS, to gain punch, fielding also the RAxS, maybe 4 of them including one marine.