Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Struggle for Greece - 3rd Battle

Our campaign to become the victor of all Greece still continues. Today John William's Theban Army and my Macedonian Army battled for a small province in Thessaly.

The Theban Army

John's Theban Army could only muster 2150pts after losing ground and territory to his last lost in battle, against the combined forces of Athens and Sparta. However even though his army was small it was also very tough. He managed to field 3 x Hopilte units (36 figures) all with heavy armour and large shield (saving throw of 3/4/5/6) and 1 x Sacred band (20 figures) which included his General (all again with heavy armour and large shield) and finally 4 x skirmisher units.

The Macedonian Army

My Macedonian Army mustered 2550pts (I had been campaigning in the north and have as yet not been involved with the battles down south). Thus I managed to feild 3 x 32 Pezhetairoi (light armour and small shield), 1 x Companion cavalry unit (with Alexander as commander), 1 x Thessalian cavalry unit, 1 x Prodromoi cavalry unit, 1 x light bolt thrower and finally 5 x skirmisher units.

Skirmishers fight it out in the opening moves

The game was only played on a 6 x 4 table, this allowed for a quick game and less chance of rallying fleeing units. Thus on the first move all skirmisher units were able to engage their opposition. John's skirmishers ended up, after the first two rounds, throwing my skirmishers back in confusion. However this move allowed my strong cavalry arm to successfully charge and destroy the majority of his skirmisher troops.

A&A Miniatures Macedonian Pike

Thessalian Cavalry and Macedonian Pezhetairoi prepare for battle

That was the easy part. The rest of John's troops had held back and formed a very good defensive position, which virtually made my cavalry useless. I could not charge the front of a phalanx. It was then up to my infantry. This task prove hard and after numerous attacks, defeats, victories and rallies I was finally able to make a impression on his forces (trying to get kills on such heavily armoured opponents is hard work).

Eventually I was able to defeat one of his Hoplite units in a flank attack and drove it from the field and in doing so opened an attack on the Sacred Band and his General. This attack went on for at least six turns until finally I was able to destroy them to a man (including the General). John's Army was thus finally defeated and routed from the field.

Blacktree design Hoplites, owned and painted by John Williams

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