|Spartans & Allies R, Argives, Athenians & Allies L|
|View from the other end|
|Spartans & Tegeans deploy in front of Pelagos Wood|
|Spartans & Allies advance|
|Mantineans & Arcadians on the right face Brasideans and Sciritae|
|Mantinean peltasts take on Spartan cavalry|
Here are some photos from our refight of the Battle of Mantinea 418 BC, last Sunday at the Vikings Club in Lanyon. Bern, Gary and Josh commanded the Spartans and allies, while Garry, Craig and I commanded the Athenians, Mantineans, Argives and allies. Expecting to get steamrolled by the elite Spartan hoplites, we held back with the Argives in the centre and the Mantineans and allies on the right. Part of the scenario Craig had devised for the game was the possible arrival of Athenian reinforcements from turn four on a roll of 5+.
The Spartans and allies were hampered by King Agis' poor leadership who only rated a 7 with no rerolls. Needless to say his division took some time to get in contact and the Athenian reinforcements did arrive but only once the game had been decided. On the left flank the Athenians quickly got stuck in and sent the Spartan cavalry on that flank scurrying towards Pelagos Wood to their rear. On the right flank a protracted struggle between Craig and Josh ensued which eventually saw the Brasideans and Sciritae break the Mantinean and Arcadian allies.
In the centre the Spartans advanced slowly but the Argives were able to charge home and, with luck, were able to break a Spartan hoplite unit in the first round of combat. A typical phalanx grinding matched commenced with results of two or less considered a draw because of the phalanx special rule in Hail Caesar. Meanwhile the Athenians on the left flank were able to exploit their initial success and broke the Spartans and Tegeans there. Eventually the Spartans in the centre also broke just as the Athenian reinforcements made a rather poorly timed entrance onto the tabletop! Thanks to Bern, Gary, Josh, Garry and Craig for another fun game.
|Spartans and Argives clash in the centre|
|Athenians & Allies in action on the left flank|
|Back on the right flank|
|Mantineans and Brasideans slug it out|
|An Argive phalanx gives ground disordered|
|Pressure mounts in the centre and on the left flank|
|Finally Spartans & Allies break in the centre and on their right flank|