|View of the table from the Kephisos River end|
|View from the Chaeronea end|
|Alexander's Division on the Macedonian left flank|
|Philip's Division on the Macedonian right flank|
|Macedonian Companions and Prodromoi advance|
|Greek Allies and Macedonians close|
Last Sunday Garry and I played a Hail Caesar refight of the Battle of Chaeronea 338 BC. Garry was Philip and commanded the Macedonians while I commanded the Greek allies. We drove down south to the Vikings club in Conder which was the venue for the inaugural meeting of the Capital Region Wargame Club. About a dozen of us enjoyed a day's gaming and a buffet lunch at the club.
The Macedonians won the game fairly easily after Philip's Hypaspists broke the the Athenians on the Greek left flank fairly early in the game and then were able to make a sweeping advance and roll up the Greek line. The Athenian general Chares was wounded and the Theban general Theagenes killed. The only high point in the game for the Greeks was when the Theban Sacred Band broke a unit of Companions and drove Alexander and Companions back.
As usual we missed a few things in the rules but nothing that would have changed the results. The Phalanx special rule with pike versus long spears worked well and meant the pike always get an advantage of one. What really determined the end result of melees was the use of supports and commanders to tip the balance. Once the Greeks' left flank was turned it was just a matter of time before the division was broken.
Thanks to Garry for the game and to both Leigh and Ian for organising such a good venue.
|Action on the Greek right flank|
|Companions charge the Greek right|
|The Theban Sacred Band anchors the Greeks' right flank|
|Philip's Hypaspists break the Athenians on the Greek left|
|A sweeping advance and the Macedonians roll up the Greek line|
|The Theban Sacred Band breaks a unit of Companions|
|The Athenians and Allies Divison on the left is broken|
To finish my post here are a few shots of the other games played on the day. First is the ACW game played by Ian, Greg and others. The rules used were Regimental Fire and Fury.
Finally here are a couple of shots of the WW 2 Russian Front 1941, Rapid Fire Game played by Leigh, Steve and others.