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madaxeman05 Jun 2019 11:29 a.m. PST

The Campaign team event has become a bit of a regular feature on the ADLG circuit, and this year I ended up driving a newly-rebased and refurbished New Kingdom Egyptian army in a tightly themed competition against 6 other extremely similar armies.

The Egyptians fought Bedouin Camels!

They fought an artistically licensed army of Egyptian Undead !

And, most of all, they fought Egyptian Civil Wars

These 6 match reports chronicle the complete biblically epic weekend for the NKE, in a widescreen spectacular that only the presence of Charlton Heston could possibly improve!

evilgong05 Jun 2019 8:45 p.m. PST

Not much fun fighting the same enemy army over again.

Many moons ago I played an early-period themed comp where more than half the field was Assyrian, about 1/3 EAP.

I think the figs identified as Peter Laing are old Minifig strip figs.

But in the swirl of Egyptian battle dust it is hard to be sure.

David F Brown

goragrad05 Jun 2019 11:26 p.m. PST

I think you are correct David, although I have a similar element that I was thinking were Mike's Models.

Nice reports, although it would have been nice to get the final standings for the whole team.

John Edmundson06 Jun 2019 2:00 a.m. PST

I don't know. Napoleonic British players face that all the time. They might dress up as Poles, Italians or Confederation of the Rhine but they're still basically clones of the French.

More of a pain when the "same army over again" is also your army, but then you can hardly complain when you brought one of them too.

I wonder why the theme was so limited. There would be more armies in the region during the Early Hebrew Campaigns 1250 -1050 BC era. Like why no Hittites?

madaxeman06 Jun 2019 4:01 a.m. PST

Here's the final standings:


madaxeman06 Jun 2019 5:40 a.m. PST

Campaign has always used a very limited pool of armies it creates a different sort of challenge to a wider field. Most time you get a decent mix and the other 2 pools had that but this time around it turned out that everyone wanted to bring their NKE to the party.

I think the other lists were competitive too, but NKE is just a more popular army to own and it was so rubbish under several previous rulesets that there may have been some latent demand to use it which trumped the whole " is this the best army to take on the other 5?" thought processes among those who entered

evilgong06 Jun 2019 6:50 p.m. PST

I once thought of offering an event with a list of themed armies but allowing only one player per army, first in gets their choice.

Every player with a unique army.

This has the problem that people might not want to play if their first choice (or only sets of figs) are already chosen.

Maybe in the UK with its large playing base you could try this.


madaxeman08 Jun 2019 3:41 p.m. PST

There's been a DBM event with that format (ish) in the past but it is as you say challenging.

Tired Mammal14 Jun 2019 8:38 a.m. PST

I suppose a large club could do it if they supplied all the armies.

For Derby the Armati tournament, players brought armies in 2 periods, latterly Biblical or Classical. Then each round the 2 players would choose which period then draw randomly the table and the army with the only restriction being you could not draw the same one twice.
The lists were vetted to hopefully avoid total stinkers.

It did allow you to have a tight army selection and players don't have to bring any troops if they are flying or new to that period or even the game. Also you don't really want to bring a finely tuned super list as at best you can only use it once but could face it many times. It actually encouraged more interesting but not overly competitive lists.

We tended to find that while the very best player there may not win it was always a very good flexible player. Due to the random army matchups it was very rare for a player to win or lose all their games which makes for a good competition.

It does look like your NKE armies had different compositions so at least ADLG doesn't have optimum selections, and of course NKE is one of the coolest armies out there and the has the best PR.

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