As promised a 'Chaeronea' style re-fight. The Macedonians face off against the Athenians, Pike vs Hoplite. On paper Hoplite elements have a slight VBU advantage over Pike elements. The table was set up to represent a valley, flat area flanked either side by higher ground only accessible by skirmishes, light infantry & light cavalry.
Spav took the Athenians & laid out straight battle line across the table. My first mistake, as instead of creating Large Pike Units, I tried to match the Athenians, hindsight is wonderful.. Anyway the Macedonians had the edge in Cavalry I placed the Heavies & Medium Cavalry on my left flank. The Macedonian Light Cavalry & some Skirmishers on the right.
|The view across the field from the Macedonian side.|
|The Athenian right flank....|
|...& the left.|
|The powerful Macedonian left.|
|Macedonian right flank.|
|Plus the Macedonian 'Light' option on the far right.|
|We're off! The Athenians charge full steam ahead, however Spav staggers his right flank, |
mindful of the Macedonian Cavalry.
|I'm happy on the match up this side of the table.|
Beat those Light troops & swing around...
|Again, another game were I over estimate the power of javelin armed light troops.|
The Macedonian Peltasts were very poor.
|Heavy armed Infantry smash into each other...|
|The opening clashes are mixed bags... This Athenian element is reduced to one VBU.|
|Slight advantage to Athens...|
|The Athenian Hoplite Steamroller...|
|The Macedonian Allied Hoplites performed well..|
|BACK! Macedonian Peltasts retreat...|
|The Skirmishers then evade...|
Peg it Lads!!!!
|First Blood to Athens!|
|The Macedonian Allied Hoplites force the Athenians back.|
|Three units onto two units...|
|Spav retreats the battered Athenian Hoplites,|
denying me the victory points...
|It's a 'wavy' battle line....|
|This clash took ages...zzzzzz|
|MMmm.. I curse my initial line up as the Macedonian Medium Cavalry hit first...|
|The Athenian Cavalry force back the Macedonians....|
|Decisions... Decisions...Movement... Movement...|
I know what I want to happen!!
|The other flank is chaotic as well.|
|Spav goes for glory & in go his Cavalry!|
An Athenian Hoplite unit is sent to bolster the right flank.
|The future is bleak for the Macedonian Lights, pinned between Hoplites & the end of the table....|
|BOOOM!!! The Macedonian Cavalry wins through..|
|However the Athenian Heavies keep pace.|
|Overview of the centre...|
|Movement... Movement... Movement...|
Swing the Macedonians around & batter the Athenian centre....
|It's a standoff in the centre. No sixes there...|
|Just finish them off...!!!|
|Initiative won.. Onto the other unit...|
|The Athenian Reinforcements clash into the Macedonian Allied Hoplites....|
|It's a legal combat.|
|The full strength Athenian Hoplite unit finally destroys the Macedonian Phalanx.|
The game is still too close to call.
|Oh dear... It's not looking good here. Four hits to Woo!!|
|Cohesion Test... A one & a pass. In your face Spav, BoB On!|
|Finally, the Macedonian heavies get into a position to attack!|
|Overview... Typical of a Basic Impetus game....|
|A splendid sight, the Macedonians swing round into the Athenian centre...|
|In go the Heavies..!|
|Poor combat results, the Athenians are sent into retreat.|
We weren't sure of this one, so we retreated the Hoplites in the face of the enemy.
Allowing the Macedonians to pursue...
|If I could get this attack right, the game would be over...|
|The Heavies go in again....|
|Meanwhile the Heavy Infantry clash again...|
|The poor Athenian Hoplites are now surrounded.|
|The final battlefield... That was brutal..|
Posts are going to be a bit sparse, it's summer & we are both off on different paths at the moment. Painting armies is also a 'no go' at the moment. This horrible hot UK weather is killing me, I'm an odd bod, I enjoy cold rainy weather...