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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Macedonians versus Indians



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

22 comments:

  1. Those Pikes are tough guys to break

    Ian

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  2. Sure are! The phalanx rule in HC means they can lose by two and still counts as a draw.

    Mike

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  3. Awesome looking troops and a great looking game!

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    1. Thanks Rodger, it was a fun game.

      Mike

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  4. Impressive battle! Thanks for the report.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. No worries Aaron, good to give the Indians a run.

      Mike

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  5. Awesome! love the units/figures (Pikes) sad note about Alex killed during the battle ;o(

    Thanks for sharing your games report Mike, much appreciated!

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks Phil, Alexander got what he deserved :)!

      Mike

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  6. Great report with two impressive armies!

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    1. Thanks Phil, playing this game has got me inspired to finish off my Indians.

      Mike

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  7. Great table, and report. I'd say the Indian army wins by bagging Alexander!

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  8. Thanks Monty, you're probably right about that - it was pretty close anyway.

    Mike

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  9. A massive battle with impressive amounts of great looking troops!

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  10. Thanks Dean, it was a good size to use for both armies, you really need three divisions with the Indians.

    Mike

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  11. Now that's a big battle and looks great as well!

    Christopher

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  12. Thanks Chritopher, the Indians have an interesting combination of troops.

    Mike

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  13. Nice game,I'll have to take a few tips as I've had some rotten games with my Macedonians against my dads Indians. Those snake eye rolls have seen plenty of my Phalanxs take flight!

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  14. Thanks Neil, sounds like you've been unlucky with your Macedonians against Indians. I think the Macedonian pike and cavalry usually win in the end...

    Mike

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  15. Nice. Love to see elephants almost as much as chariots. Indian armies have both!!

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    1. Thanks Colin, the Indians are certainly a fun army to paint and play.

      Mike

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  16. Pikes and Elephants make any battle look awesome!

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  17. They're definitely a winning combination Iannick.

    Mike

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