Thursday, March 17, 2016

Macedonian Early Successor vs Cowardly Darius

Today Richard and I (assisted in the beginning by Mark W) had a game of Impetus were my Greek army took on his Persians.  He was being adventurous and trying out what it was like to run with a cowardly CinC.

First turn and I thought it best to move my Agema away from the rear of my elephants.

The rest of my army

The Persian centre.  There is actually twice that number of scythed chariots.

The Persian left flank was made up of mercenary Greeks

Turn two and my elephants are advancing on the Persian right which was a mass of cavalry.  I had high hopes for my elephants in this battle.

The centre is advancing although a bit wary of the enemy chariots and elephants.

On the right some forlorn light cavalry are sent to keep the enemy busy.

And this delay seems to be working on the right.

The centre is getting closer to the enemy first line.

And on the left things are closing as well.

End of turn four and the scythed chariots are off.  The Persians deployed four units but this meant eight models, not four so there was a bit of improvisation to fix this.

The first onslaught by the enemy elephants has been repulsed

But the light cavalry sent to delay has gone "poof" when it threw a six for its cohesion test.

End of turn four. 
(Remember you can always get a bigger picture if you click on them.)

On the left things got off to a bad start when the light cavalry went "poof" as well, with another six on its cohesion test, but there were still some quality troops to engage the enemy

The enemy scythed chariots and elephants have been destroyed

Turn five and the enemy left is still a good distance away.

Turn six and all fighting is on my right flank where the Agema have launched what proves to be a very successful attack.

In the centre the lines have been reformed and the advance continues.

On the right some light infantry are sent to delay the enemies attack

It's tricky, but we have time and space.

The Agema is under threat by the end of turn seven.  But the main body remains the one fighting to the front, that flank attack will just add half its dice.  After a bit of discussion and now some further thought I feel this aspect of the rules reflects that melee would see the units intermingled and so coming in not to the fore would see some diminished effect.

The Persian sends troops to reinforce his right, but the Greek phalanx is closing in.

Darius stays on his hill.

The Greek left looks threatened.

Turn eight and the Persian right routs.

And with the rout of one command the cowardly Persian CinC's nerve fails and his command routs as well which leads to the whole army routing.

Game over!

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