Sunday, February 28, 2010

Armies of Oerth, Part II: Mordenkainen

Using the Field of Glory wargaming rules & Dragon Magazine #37 for inspiration, I shall continue to represent Gary Gygax's Orders of Battle for certain renowned figures from the World of Greyhawk.

NOTE: As I explained in my first "Armies" post, the FoG rules state that each base of models could normally represent 250 men-at-arms. I had chosen a 25 men-at-arms ratio per base because it allowed an average sized army full of models to be placed on the game table. Now using this ratio, four of the first five armies range in size from 19 to 35 bases. Mordenkainen's Army comes in at a whopping 161 bases with 341 models (that's 682 counting the horses!). If this were the only army I was ever going to build, maybe I would go for it. To keep it more manageable, and comparable to the other four character armies, I will bump the ratio to 100 men-at-arms per base. This keeps it from being too unwieldy and will only require doubling up its size later.

An army this size is more in league with the larger state armies which I plan to represent later on. I will be using the standard ratio of 250 men-at-arms per base. Yes, the state armies will be THAT huge. For anyone feeling ambitious to build one of these armies in either scale, I will list the number of bases in both ratios. The number of actual models per base will be the same for both.

100 men/base will be listed in BLUE.
250 men/base will be listed in GREEN

So, here is...

Mordenkainen's Army List

Commander-in-Chief: Mordenkainen: (MU of 20th level)
= 1 base / 1 base

Medium Cavalry: 500 (Regulars) = 5 bases2 bases
(3 models/base; riders on horses, leather armour & moderate shields, hand weapons)

Light Cavalry: 500 (Regulars) = 5 bases / 2 bases
(2 models/base; riders on horses, no armour & small shields, hand weapons)

Light Horse Archers: 1,000 (Regulars), = 10 bases / 4 bases
(2 models/base; riders on horses, no armour & small shields, bows)

Light Horse Archers: 2,000 (Levied) = 20 bases8 bases
(2 models/base; riders on horses, no armour & small shields, bows)

This totals 41 bases with 86 models on them.
This totals 17 bases with 35 models on them.

This force was known to be Chaotic, possibly Neutral, with an absolute zero-tolerance policy towards Evil clerics.

If anyone else builds any of these forces, please let us hear about it. I would love to see your army. It might just be for nostalgia's sake, but I would love to see some of these legendary armies from the World of Greyhawk causing havoc on wargaming tables somewhere in the world...

Next up: Robilar


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