|View along the Macedonian line|
|Another view of the Macedonians, from the opposite end|
|View of the Persian line|
On Wednesday night my mate Rick and I had a 300 point, two divisions a side, Hail Caesar game with Macedonians vs Late Achaemenid Persians. Here are a few photos of the game which ended in a draw with both sides, each losing cavalry and infantry units.We had to stop but things were starting to go pear shaped for the Persians - as usual! The wedge rules in HC were interesting (pp.106-107) and one of Rick's Companion units burst through three Persian units leaving them disordered but not shaken!
The Macedonian list (Hail Caesar Army Lists: Biblical and Classical pp.45-46) worked well but the Late Achaemenid Persian list (pp.44-45) is a bit generic and has options for sparabara (which became obsolete in the fifth century BC) but none for Kardakes or Indian troops! That said all the basic Persian troop types and stats are there for you to use or tweak as you see fit. The limit on the Persian general to leadership 7 is accurate but frustrating to play! There are options for upgrading half of your divisions to leadership 8 at 10 points and Greek mercenaries must be in their own separate division. Thanks to Rick for a fun game.
|The Greek mercenary division advances while the Persian division stays put!|
|Companions and peltasts advance|
|Macedonian phalangites screened by Cretan archers and Rhodian slingers|
|Companions and Persian medium cavalry charge on the Macedonian right flank|
|Companions and Persian medium cavalry charge on the Macedonian left flank|
|Macedonian pike and Greek hoplites engage|
|Companions break through and charge the Persian Guard heavy cavalry|
|Macedonian pike and Greek hoplites fight it out in the centre|
|Peltasts slug it out on the Macedonian right flank|
|Macedonian veteran pike break through in the centre|