|Clash of Pike and Spear in the centre|
Wonderful game of To The Strongest last night at the NWS with the Alexandrian Macedonians and Later Achaemenid Persians each having their first runs with the rules. Running the Persians, my obvious concerns were...well lets be frank...they were Persians! Not a great deal of quality in the list other than Greek Hoplite mercenaries, Apple Bearers and some decent cavalry. Historically pretty accurate.
The Macedonians of Alexander have power and grace at every turn. As they should! It was going to be a tough ask however Marty and I were confident we could give it a good shake.
|The initial set up with the Persians already looking a little bit too stretched in deployment whilst|
the Macedonians are seeking to exploit their superior cavalry edge on the flank
|Phil's beautiful army painted by master artisan Chris|
|Marty's command on the Persian right flank|
|Central command containing the majority of the decent Persian foot|
|Mercenary Greek Hoplites watch the advance get underway|
|On the Persian left a brave unit of Slingers advances to take the rough ground ahead|
|Along the Persian lines - scythed chariots awaiting an opporunity|
|Though Phil's army is actually based and built upon being an Antigonid Successor one, they certainly|
still look the part for this slightly earlier battle. Just a few too many shields on the cavalry but who cares-
they are so beautiful to look at!
|Martin takes the initative and with the help of the "Take the High Ground" stratagem we had drawn|
earlier, gets the jump on Steve's command.
|In the centre the very impressive phalanx continue to press forward|
|The Persians decide to checker board - not sure why even now as I type!|
|The slingers have taken the rough ground whilst the King of Kings observes from the observation|
deck of his red racing chariot.
|Skythian horse archers clash with Macedonian light cavalry|
|The slingers are earning their pay. They have already shot and eliminated a Companion unit and have |
disordered a second. Not bad for some press-ganged shepherds.
|Persian Royal Guard cavalry hit some javelinmen but they cannot make the decisive breakthrough that|
could expose the phalanx's flank/
|More veteran pike advance upon the now very enticing Persian camp|
|Back on the right, a succession of very average activation draws has allowed the Macedonians to rearrange their |
defensive position while the Persians have been unable to take advantage of their brave gambit
|Having at least swept away some light troops, the Persian cavalry cannot get the decisive second disordering|
hit on the Macedonians.
|Though some painting patchwork is required around some weapons, these old Vendel Persians are |
still quite lovely sculpts and very well painted by a few different chaps many years ago.
|The Persians lost two Generals dead at critical times in the battle. Here we see the cavalry Commander|
about to issue his last orders.
|These mighty slingers held their ground the entire battle despite overwhelming odds. Well done lads!!|
At this point the Persian Freelancer photographer decided to get on his stolen Arabian steed and hot foot it out of the camp. The Macedonians in one two turn period captured eight victory medals and claimed a well deserved victory. Great job Cookie and Steve.
For Martin and myself, we can only blame the fickle wargaming gods who allowed us a brief glimpse of superb chit drawing only to be replaced by a dark wave of disaster.
Despite that, it was a sensational game and a great deal of fun for all of us.