|The Great King looks on and declares that we will not move to our rear in this battle.|
We have thrown ourselves back into the wonderful Simon Miller reules "To The Strongrest" in recent months and Wedensday night was another occasion for a great un battle against Steve and his wionrful Alexandrian Macedonian army with my Persians.
|Deployment can always be a tricky thing in TtS...at least for me. Here my Persians look for some flank |
protection from a difficult going hill
This was also the perfect opportunity for me to bring out some of the terrain pieces that I had specifically made for the games using the TtS gridded mat system. These included some purely aesthetic scrubs etc. which helped break up the cloth.
|What I had deemed would act as my Royal Reserve here. Guard Cavalry and Apple Bearers with extra bow.|
|These Greek and Egyptian Hoplites were purchased as raw deep formations. Good value for money and sturdy.|
|Steve and Phil deploy. This wonderful Lammings army was painted by Stevo almost 40 years ago and still|
looks sensational. He has added a few lovely modern Foundry pieces to the formation as well.
|Lovely Tin Soldier Saka painted by friend Nathan acting the part of my bow armed light cavalry.|
|The right flank General and his command had most of my cavalry|
|Takabara in the rough - Vendel Persians.|
|Mardian bow ready to rain a cloud of arrows upon the enemy|
|Slingers and Kardakes in the central command|
|All the Hoplite and deep infantry units except the Apple Bearers are raw against sturdy, possibly veteran pike.|
|Those hills came out ok and fit into Simons sage brush mat very well in my opinion|
|Now these look sensational. Gorgeous figures with a hurtful intent!|
|Companions in wedge and Prodromoi on the left|
|Not quite the same quality on my side...Colonist raw cavalry and slingers|
|I need to build another camp as the generic ancient wagons in the middle there are getting a flogging|
in every three command army I use lately.
|However they still do suitable as a non-decorative stand-in.|
|Vendel Egyptian Hoplites with an encouraging hero to the rear|
|Apple Bearers - Veteran Hoplite formation with a here, extra bow and attitude|
|The Mardians have already dispatched the Macedonian peltasts which were to the right of the rocky outcrop|
|Quickly the Macedonian centre advances in order to feast upon their Persian foes.|
The Colonist cavalry are no more, beaten by Companions however my scythed chariot gets lucky and hits a flank
|Another view down the table|
|And an overview of the action including the Persian left. The Prodromoi are threatening the flanks on a wide|
|Those Companions certainly managed to save those chariot hits very well indeed|
At this stage the battle was incredibly evenly poised. The run of low and high chits in the complete wrong order had visited both the Macedonians and the Persians and now the battle was starting to reach a critical stage.
|After some intense fighting each side loses a unit and the gaps start to emerge|
|In the centre left the Apple Bearers are drawing 1 after 1 and are static whilst the enemy manoeuvres around them|
|The Mardians are now almost out of ammunition but command failures are restricting their usefulness|
|The Companions turn but the chariot miraculously manages to survive|
|Can this General save the day?|
|The Apple Bearers are destroyed and the King, true to his word, does not retreat, though he is now pointing in |
the direction of a bloody big threat!
What a wonderful game.
Steve, myself and Phil all had a sensational time playing the game and once again it highlighted the playability and subtly of Simons wonderful rule set.
Almoravid v Feudal Spanish and the Cid next week. Should be great fun!