Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Battle of Chaeronea 338BC - WAB



Durning a lovely summers day, last weekend, the boys from the 'Lonely Gamers Club' got together and played a massive game at John Maguires house. The game was based on the 'Battle of Chaeronea' 338BC which was Phillip II of Macedon, last major battle against the Greeks. The scenario came from the 'Alexander the Great' supplement Warhammer Ancient Battles (WAB), written by Jeff Jonas.


The Macedonian Army. The majority are A&A and Vendel Miniatures plus a few Foundry.

The Macedonian side, which was played by myself and Brian Buskell, consisted of 1 x 24 Hypaspists (with Phillip II as Army General attached), 1 x 32 Agema Pezhetairoi (with Antigonos as General), 5 x 32 Pezhetairoi, 2 x 12 Companion Cavalry ( with Alexander as General), 1 x 12 Thessalian Cavalry, 1 x 12 Prodromoi, 1 x 7 Mounted Grooms, and 6 x 12 Peltasts/Psiloi/Skirmishers. A total of around 5238 points.



Eight Hoplite units of 32 figures make up the Allied Armies phalanx plus two in depth (only because the table was a little small).

The Greek Allied Army, played by John Williams and Jeff Smith, consisted of 5 x 32 Hoplites under Athenian command (Demosthenes as General), 4 x 32 Hoplites (Theban and Boeotian) and 1 x 24 Sacred Band under Theban command (Theagenes as General with the Sacred Band), 2 x 10 Greek Heavy Cavalry (Chares as the overall Greek General riding with them), 1 x 8 Greek Light Cavalry and 6 x 12 Skirmishers/Peltasts. Total points coming to 5361.


The Greeks advance along the whole front.

With the throwing of the dice, to see who was to go first, the Allied Greek Army was the first to move, which they did, along the whole front. They out numbered the Macedonians in infantry but not in cavalry.



Alexander and the Macedonian cavalry move out of the forest.

Turn two allowed the Macedonians to bring on their cavalry units (lead by Alexander), who had been hidden in the light forest behind Phillips battle line. Two units went to the left flank and the other three, including Alexander went to the right of the Macedonian line.






Greek Hoplite and Macedonian pike clash.

Turn three and four saw the Greeks charge into the Macedonians, which in turn caused two units to flee. This action caused one of the Greeks Hoplite units to move to far forward and it was thus destroyed by the waiting Companion and Thessalian cavalry. But all units on both sides were fighting hard and at least one or two units were either pushed back or destroyed.


The Theban Sacred Band. Figures are from John's collection.

Macedonian pike turn and run, but a unit of Macedonian Companions and Pages swing into action, holding the line and allowing the infantry to reform.

Turns five and six saw the Athenian General killed and a number of their Hoplite units fall back in disorder or were destroyed. The Allied left flank was crumbling. However on the Macedonian left flank it was the same story. The Theban Sacred Band was doing extremely well. It had already caused one unit to run and was about to break another. Antigonos generalship was the only thing holding this side of the line together.


A&A Miniatures Prodromoi.

Alexander and his Companions charge the Greek Commander Chares.

Turn seven and eight was the last straw for the Allies. Alexander, leading his Companions, charged at the Greek Commander Chares and his unit of Heavy Cavalry. After two turns of play and another charge, from the Thessalians, the Greek General and all his men were cut down. This finished the Allied Army, with their General killed, they had to do a Army morale. Four out of the remaining six units failed and thus a Macedonian victory was achieved.

Leroy Simpson's 1st Corps Spartans pose as Greek Holites.


I would have to say that if the Macedonians did not have such great cavalry the battle would have been hard to win. It is very hard for normal Macedonian pike to defeat Greek Hoplite, especially when they can have a saving throw of 3/4/5/6. All figures used were from Leroy Simpson's', John Magiure's and my own collection. The ranges used were a collection of A&A Miniatures, 1st Corps, Blacktree Design, Old Glory and Foundry.

3 comments:

almogavari said...

great paintings and diorama

congratulations

Which shield transfer did you use ?

regards

Almogavari
http://tresaco.blogspot.com/

almogavari said...

great paintings and diorama

congratulations

Which shield transfer did you use ?

regards

Almogavari
http://tresaco.blogspot.com/

Vinnie said...

Thanks Almogavari,
glad you like the figures. The Greeks are painted by a good friend of mine - Leroy Simpson. He has hand painted all the shields for the Greeks. He used to be a sign writer. The Macedonians are from my collection and I used the Veni vidi Vici transferes for then.

Thanks again

Nathan