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Monday, 15 October 2012

Chaeronea - 338 BC




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.





17 comments:

  1. Cor, that's a good sized ancients battle! Looks great. Simon

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  2. Wow. IMpressive armies. Good looking table too!

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  3. Thanks Simon and James. It was a fun game and a historical result is satisfying, even if you loose...

    Mike

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  4. Great looking game! I also like the ACW game.

    Christopher

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  5. Thanks for the ancients battle-report! Large-scale games played with figures as beautifully painted as yours are a real inspiration to keep my projects moving forward.

    ~ Jonathan

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  6. looked a great game, lots of action

    Ian

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  7. Thanks Christopher, Jonathan and Ian.it would be good to play games like this more often.

    Mike

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  8. Those photos of Chaeronea are excellent - grest to see Foundry 25mm figures en masse like this. Thanks for posting.

    Best wishes

    Giles

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  9. Thanks Giles, no worries.

    Mike

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  10. impressive Mick, I would of loved to be there!

    a few of the Goulburn lads are hoping to travel to our twin club in sunny Canberra next month!

    cheers
    matt

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  11. Thanks Matt, it's a good venue, hope to see you there. Craig's talking avout some Saga games next month. Garry and I were wondering if you're still running Ides of March next Year?

    Cheers

    Mike

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  12. Great battle shots, and like Christopher I also like the ACW as well..

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  13. Thanks Mike, the ACW game looked great.

    Mike

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  14. That's a good looking game. Wish I ould have played.

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  15. Thanks Grimsby Mariner, refights always seem to be more fun.

    Mike

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  16. What a great looking game(s) Good to see them all set up in mass.

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