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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Battle of Mantinea 418 BC



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

16 comments:

  1. Very nice report, a great looking battle with so impressive armies!

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  2. Thanks Phil, it was good to get the hoplites out and have a game

    Mike

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  3. That's a great looking fight you have there! I hope to someday have that amount of figures on a table.

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, a big hoplite bash is always good fun.

      Mike

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  4. Lovely - it's good to see the Spartans losing...

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    1. Thanks Paul, funny thing - we played this battle as a WAB game a few years ago with the same result.

      Mike

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  5. Superb! Amazing amount of wonderful looking figures - with a favorite rule set of mine to boot! Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean, five of us have hoplite armies so that made it easier and we actually had spare units.

      Mike

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  6. An epic display! I'm with Caliban, I can't help but root for the underdog.

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    1. Thanks Monty, it is always good to beat Spartans but it doesn't happen that often!

      Mike

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  7. Great game, its looks soo impressive with that much minis on the table

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  8. Thanks Hobbyworker, they were a lot of Hoplites - five of us have Greek armies.

    Mike

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  9. That's quite a game! Phew. One I'd like to play one day...

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  10. Thanks Simon, it was a fun game and the battle is definitely a good one to do.

    Mike

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  11. Gosh... what an awesome sight of figures... wish I was there!

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  12. Thanks Phil, we had trouble squeezing in all the hoplite units on the nine foot table!

    Mike

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