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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Greeks versus Early Achaemenid Persians



View of table


Opposite end


Greek hoplites advance screened by psiloi


Greek line advances


Last Wednesday night my mate Rick came over to my place and we played a two division, 340 points Hail Caesar game with Greeks versus Early Achaemenid Persians. Rick commanded the Greeks and I was in charge of the Early Persians. It was a freezing night, it has been minus five to minus seven most of the week here, and it wasn't exactly tropical in our garage. The Greeks were to give the Persians a pretty frosty reception in our game, here are a few photos of the action.


Initially both sides advanced cautiously, I was hoping - rather optimistically, to disrupt the Greek line with ranged fire and get in a flank charge with my cavalry. The Greek hoplites charged the Persian right flank and quickly broke the Immortals and forced a second unit to give ground repeatedly until it was driven from the table. The Persians did mange to break one Greek hoplite unit but by the time we called it quits, before hypothermia set in, both Persian divisions were on the verge of breaking. Thanks to Rick for a fun game. The Persians don't win very often but are definitely a challenge to play!


Both sides advance cautiously


Greeks charge Persian right flank


Greeks make short work of the Persian right flank


Most of the Persians break or give ground


Persian left flank is on the verge of breaking

14 comments:

  1. Great armies and terrain. I especially like the second picture with the river, rough terrain and trees. Nice.

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    1. Thanks Herr Zinnling, the Persians didn't put up much of a fight but it was fun to play a Greco-Persian War game again.

      Mike

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  2. Awesome Greek Hoplites! Seems to be a beautiful game with splendid armies...

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    1. Thanks Phil, the Greek Hoplites certainly won the day without much effort.

      Mike

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  3. Lovely long battle lines! Love the hoplites. Hope no frostbite.

    Best, Simon

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  4. Thanks Simon, no frostbite but the Persians have departed for a warmer climate.

    Mike

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  5. Thanks Rodger, the Persians didn't stick around too long on it.

    Mike

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  6. Another very nice big battle extravaganza!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, it was good to get the Greeks and Persians out for another game.

      Mike

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  7. Classic Classical Stuff :)

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  8. Thanks Mike, I always enjoy Greek and Persian games, they're the ultimate classical match up for me.

    Mike

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  9. Always a pleasure to see your wonderful games and figures, Mike. A plus is your using a favorite rules set of mine too.

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  10. Thanks Dean, Greeks and Persians are two favourite armies and HC always seems to give a fun, fast game.

    Mike

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