Another BBDBA encounter last night between the Athenians and Graeco-Bactrians, with the Athenians invading the Bactrian steppe.
A simply terrible first combat round in the centre left several holes in the hoplites lines, who clashed with phalangites, including the near loss of the Athenian commander. Fortunately subsequent combats improved. The Athenian left flank was attacked aggressively and struggled to hold thureophoroi and cataphracts. However success on the right centre and right gave grounds for hope. Especially when the elephants began to rampage through their own troops. Unfortunately the Athenian left collapsed, and the rest is history...
Above, before the lines clash, with the Graeco-Bactrian left flank withdrawn.
A fascinating battle this evening from our campaign. Alexander V of Macedonia led an invasion of Graecia. His army was bought to battle by the Spartans and their allies. A great game which hung in the balance for some time.
A report of the battle will be included in the upcoming campaign summary. However, the Spartans were very confident - they are Spartans!
The Spartan army comprised 10 hoplite stands, a Ps and one cavalry, so they had much reason to be confident. That said, three stands of hoplites were drawn from the Athenian list and the Spartan commander was a little concerned how they would fight.
The Macedonian attack fell against the Athenians on the Spartan right, withdrawn in the distance in the above photo. An early breakthrough here looked set to break the army. However, the Spartans advanced on the centre and left? The Athenians reformed and held.
The gods were good to the Greeks at this point!
Final victory was a 4-2 win to the Greeks, with Spartans taking most of the credit!
It could be argued this was a Psiloi victory. The overlapped psiloi, visible above, were engaged against the Macedonian elephants and rolled a six, the Macedonian rolled a one. This opened the flank of the phalanx. Before this it looked like the Macedonians were to be victorious. But the Spartan King Cleonymus prefers to think his victory is more to his abilities than a few javelin armed light troops.
That said the aggressive use of Thracians against the Greek right caught me by surprise. I had expected the xystophoroi to be fighting near the phalanx.
The next battle in the campaign is the clash between Rome and Carthage in Magna Graecia.
It has been a while since I've posted any game pictures here.
Last night two very enjoyable games between some of my Purple compliant Post-Mongol Samurai and my regular opponents own new Japanese. Perhaps the most enjoyable games I've played in a while.
The initial game I used a dismounted command stand (CP) one 6Cv and town militia (7Hd) to supplement my core army while my opponent opted for the 3Cv and 3Pk options. The General watched on as the enemy broke through and some at least were defeated by the camp followers.
Alas the good fortunes didn't last...
In the second game the town militia were replaced by sohei monks (3Bd) and all my mounted were supported by followers (6Cv). Poor PIPs and steep hills were particularly troublesome.
A couple of games this evening between Numidians and Classical Indians. An odd, but challenging, matchup for both players on very different battlefields. The first was a very open plain but with the Indians suffering PIP starvation. The second on a relatively dense battlefield.