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Friday, 24 January 2014

Ionian Revolt - Battle of Ephesus 498 BC



View of the table with the Cayster River in the foreground

Persian Sparabara & Archers

Athenian, Eritrean and Ionian hoplites on the Greek left flank

Ephesian & Milesian hoplites on the Greek right


Ionian Greeks and Persians close on the left flank


Persian medium cavalry on the  left flank

 Persian heavy cavalry 


On Friday night my mate Rick came over to my place and we played a game of Hail Caesar, fighting the Battle of Ephesus 498 BC from the Ionian Revolt. The scenario we used was based on an article by Fred Eugene Ray, 'The Battle of Ephesus- 498BC Prelude to Marathon', in Ancient Warfare Special Issue 2011: The Battle of Marathon pp.23-29. He also has a book, Land Battles in 5th Century B.C. Greece: A History and Analysis of 173 Engagements, which discusses the battle. Basically the larger Persian army crushed an Ionian Greek force of 6,000 hoplites and 1,000 psiloi and sent their Athenian and Eritrean allies scuttling back to their ships.

We diced for sides and I drew the short straw and was in command of the Ionian Greeks! Our game pretty much followed the historical outcome, with the Greek psiloi broken early by the Persian cavalry then the Persian infantry and Lydian hoplites fighting it out against the Greek hoplites. In the end we had to stop with the Greeks in a bad way and on the verge of breaking. The Athenian hoplites on the left flank were shaken, attacked to the front and flank, but still hanging on grimly. Thanks to Rick for a fun game. This is a good scenario to try out if you're sick of losing games with your Persians against Greeks!



Persian infantry











Action on the Greek right flank

Greek psiloi are ridden down by the Persian cavalry

The fighting continues on the left

Athenian hoplites hang on grimly

19 comments:

  1. Very nice! These armies are really splendid, love the Persian infantry, once again!
    Best,
    Phil.

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    1. Thanks Phil, Persians are probably my favourite army but you don't win too many games!

      Mike

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  2. Well no matter what the outcome the troops look excellent!!!!

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    1. Thanks Ray, it is always good to give the Greeks and Persians a run...

      Mike

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  3. That's a great looking game Cyrus!

    Christopher

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  4. Gorgeous figures on both sides!

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  5. Looks great! You have a nice lot of minis, there.

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  6. Lovely tabletop, Cyrus! Poor Greeks, maybe next time?

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  7. Excellent looking Persians! I've always been a Grecophile when it came to troops, but these guys are just lovely looking. And happy to hear you using Hail Caesar too. Best, Dean

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  8. That's a lovely looking game! Your troops are awesome.

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  9. Thanks guys, it was a good win for the Persians and a historical result as well.

    Mike

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  10. Really great looking miniatures, Seeing them all together on a field makes them even more impressive.

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  11. Thanks Engel, Greeks and Persians are always fun to game.

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  12. Brilliant looking game and a real inspiration for me to paint up some Persians!

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  13. Thanks David, Persians are fun to collect and paint, there are so many different types of troops.

    Mike

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