|View of the table|
|Indian left flank and centre|
|Indian Elephants in the centre|
|Close up of my troops|
|The Macedonian line|
|Both armies advance|
|Cavalry clash on Indian right flank|
|Macedonian cavalry are driven back|
Last Sunday at the Vikings Club, Garry, Bern and I played a Macedonian versus Pauravan Indian, Hail Caesar game with three divisions and 400 points a side. Paurava was the ancient Indian kingdom, ruled by King Porus, in what is now the Punjab, Pakistan. Garry was Alexander, while Bern and I were the Indian commanders. Here are a few photos of the game which was hard fought and went right down to the wire with the result, only decided in the final turn.
The Macedonians deployed all their cavalry on their left flank and advanced and charged the opposing Indian cavalry, hoping to smash them and then roll up the Indian line. The Indian cavalry were surprisingly resilient and managed to hold out and even drove back some of the Macedonians. In the centre the Macedonian pike lumbered into action and closed with the Indian elephants and infantry, after enduring several rounds of bow fire.
On the Indian left flank a highlight for me was breaking a phalanx by ranged fire – Garry rolled snake eyes on the break test! This flank was a bit of a stalemate for several turns as the Macedonian pike refused to charge the four horse Indian heavy chariots (who could counter charge them), while the chariots were unable to charge the pike to the front but maintained constant fire in the hope of disrupting the Macedonian line.
Eventually the Indian cavalry on the right were broken by Alexander’s Companions but Alexander died in the deciding melee. The Indian left flank then also collapsed and broke when the pike charged the Indian infantry. In the centre Bern went within a tiger’s whisker of breaking the Macedonians with his Indian ellies but it was not to be. Despite this the Indians performed well above expectations against the Macedonian war machine. Thanks to Garry and Bern for a fun and interesting game that had us all guessing right up to the last turn.
|Indian left flank closes within bow range|
|Indian Elephants take on the pike in the centre|
|Indian left flank gets in some target practice|
|Indian right flank feels the pressure|
|Indian left flank about to unravel|
|Action in the centre|
|Indian left flank collapses|
|Indian elephants try to break the centre|