|Two commands there folks - bloody expensive these elaborate cavalry units you know.|
It was time for a revenge game.
You may recall dear reader that the last time I took on the Mighty Steve with his newly acquired ex-Martin collection of Early Byzantines, I was given a good old fashioned thumping!
Capital T - THUMPING!!!
It was time for me to stop experimenting with the list and my false sense of tactical ability and play to the strength of the army which is good cavalry and a few Elephants for good measure.
We both made up 130 point lists for our game last night and what was surprising was just how little you get for that in a Persian Army. Steve asked me on more than one occasion whether I had gotten mixed up in my composition however the TtS OOB Generator is always an accurate measure for Luddites such as myself.
|The Central command|
|The left flank was entrusted to these few...the unhappy few...|
|A smallish command however full of good stuff|
|The bad guys deploy opposite|
|Lots of bow armed cavalry and light horse here|
|My universal ancient carts - ideal for every third camp in any scenario and a fine holder of ammunition chits|
|Its very lonely on the extreme flank of an army when you are only armed with a flimsy bow and a few crooked arrows|
|A nice view of my empty chair here folks - position A one would suggest for what is about to unfold|
|Byzantine Foot and bow|
|A few nifty manouvers and the heavy lads are on the move|
|Into those cavalry as quick as possible...who promptly evade|
|However we maintain the pursuit|
|On the left and centre action is entered into quickly|
|Byzantine bow fire is effective early in the piece as is the Sassanid fire|
|Steve's cavalry ride off and force the lights to evade. Persian skirmishers occupy the rocky outcrop and a lone Persian Bow unit unleashes a torrent of missile fire ahead at the enemy|
|Byzantine cavalry have destroyed the Persians and a unit of Zhendayan cataphracts has been forced to turn to meet the threat|
|The Persian light horse are doing exactly what I need them to do - survive!|
|On the right the Persian advance continues unabated|
|However the evading of the enemy cavalry is slightly frustrating|
|The bow are now destroyed and the lights in the rough are isolated|
|The Persians are scattered however holding on across all fronts - only three victory medals left|
|Finally the elephants catch their tormentors - however the fatal blow cannot be delivered|
|Perhaps a light infantry speed hump|
|On the left the Cataphracts are up against it...but surviving|
|Having destroyed the Byzantine deep spear unit attention now turns to the other unit of foot with general. A rearming of lances, a charge into the lads and the battle is won. Victory for the King of Kings Carlo I.|
Great game, great bloke to play against and most importantly a lot of laughs.