Thursday, September 22, 2016

Early Macedonian Successor versus Justinian Byzantine

Another game at the club that did not end well.

It got off to a good start when Olivier rolled a double one
 and had his Genius CinC downgraded.

I shouldn't have laughed.  
My first roll saw one of my commanders downgraded.

Bird's eye view and my peltasts are giving his cavalry some woe.

My plan was to advance on my right 
and it started well when my peltasts routed a unit of enemy cavalry.
This caused the enemy to pullback.

Another downgrade.

I pull back my cavalry on my left while slowly angling my infantry.

It is looking very promising on the right.  
The enemy's withdrawal has put them in disorder.

The black cloak peltasts went in for the kill, suffered a scratch and threw a six on the Cohesion Test.
A call to the Gods did not fix it.  The whites cloaks shuffled over to fill the gap.

Not much is happening on the left.
However I do find out the bulk of the cavalry is Grade A
and that it was Andrew's winning army from the Cancon tournament...
(on loan to Olivier)

But I get a chance and send in my cavalry when the Byzantine is disordered by over extending.

My Thracians have closed in on the Byzantine left and it's looking good.

Eh, maybe not so good.  A carefully synchronised attack fails to achieve a breakthrough when my Thracians both roll high on their cohesion tests.  Again, a call to the Gods achieved nothing.

I thought I best hurry to close in the centre.
All I got was disordered.

My Thessalian cavalry have routed (another six on the Cohesion Test).
Even my pike seem unable to hurt the enemy cavalry although they give Olivier a shock.

That Byzantine cavalry unit, with the CinC, has just ridden down the hoplites protecting the pike block's flank (again I threw a six for the Cohesion Test, not that it was necessary given the spearmen were hit in the flank).

Time to call it quits.

We had a wonderful time getting ourselves into a muddle over the Discipline Test for the A.
My take is as follows:
One move - no test as per normal
Second move - Discipline Test required, must throw 3 or higher for A plus one for the General so they will pass on a 2 or more.
Third move - Discipline Test required and the score to pass is increased by 1.  So a 3 is required for A class with General.

Our confusion came from the application of the +1 to the result that is needed.  It only comes in after the second move.  The second move does not count as a +1.  A fourth move would attract a +2.

In our game the the Byzantine cavalry rolled a 2 after their second move and then a 3 after their third move.


  1. The double cat's eyes should have warned you that the auspices were 'off'!

    Good looking game though and obviously a lot of fun.

    1. If you think that game was fun, wait till you see my next one (just published).