This is by way of a ‘note to self’ type of post but it might be of interest. Firstly, armour – it seems to me that the best way to handle armour in At the Ends of Empire is the troops with the best armour reduce their opponents Combat Die by down one dice size. So a group of Pict nobles with a Combat Die of D10 will find that reduced to D8 when they take on a unit of mail armoured Romans. Likewise a unit of veteran mail clad Romans would find their D10 Combat Die reduced to D8 if faced by fully armoured Sassanian cataphracts.
Secondly army size- I’ve never been much bothered about points systems. After all a major part of a general’s art is to fight at an advantage. That said lots of folk want a bit of equity in their games for obvious reasons. In Have a Heart and At the Ends of Empire the simplest way to achieve this is to ensure an equal number of Morale Points on each side. A Roman army of full timers is therefore going to be considerably smaller than a Pict army of mainly part timers.
I’ll see how it works in practice.