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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Battle of Parataicene 317 BC - Command and Colors Ancients




Side view of both armies deployed


View from the opposite end


Eumenes' right flank


Eumenes' left flank


Frontal view of Eumenes' deployment


Antigonus's army has a strong right flank


Eumenes has an advantage in elephants and pikemen


Last Wednesday night Rick and I met down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon for a game of Command and Colors Ancients. The scenario was the Battle of Paraitacene, which preceded the Battle of Gabiene and seemed like the idea practice game for our Little Wars Gabiene game as the both Antigonus' and Eumenes's armies were quite similar in both battles. Eumenes had the advantage in elephants and pike, while Antigonus had stronger cavalry particularly on his right flank.

Eumenes attacked in the centre and on his left flank and his elephants caused early casualties among the Antigonid pike. Antigonus counter attacked with his cavalry and thanks to two double time cards and a first strike card was able to seize the advantage and clear his right flank. In the end it was 7 to 3 victory points win for Antigonus. Eumenes was hampered by poor cards and his finest troops the Argyraspides (Silver Shields) were stranded and didn't even make it into combat. Thanks to Rick for a fun game.



Eumenes attacks in the centre and on his left flank


Eumenes' elephants force a phalanx to retreat


Antigonus' cavalry counter attack


Casualties mount


Antigonus clears his right flank


Eumenes' last elephant is dispatched

19 comments:

  1. CCA is fantastic with miniatures are your game looks great! Where did you get that nifty hex mat?

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, it's a Hotz mat.

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  2. Eumenes vs Antigone, what a pleasure! Beautiful report and wonderful armies, this period is really nice to play...

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    1. Thanks Phil, definitely a fun period to play.

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  3. What a beautiful looking game Cyrus!

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  4. Super, Cyrus! Poor Eumenes would probably have been permanently "retired" after the battle.

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    1. Thanks Simon, I think so! We'll see how he goes in our Gabiene game next weekend.

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  5. Two double times and a first strike! That's hard to come back from. Do you guys ever do the play it once from each side and total the banners method? It's quite a good way to play, I think.

    Nice report and beautiful pics as always.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Thanks Aaron, very lucky with the cards there. We do sometimes - it is fairer, as some scenarios are tougher for one side than the other. We played Raphia earlier in the year and lost both games. We'll see how Eumenes goes at Gabiene next weekend...

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  6. Impressive array of troops, Michael!

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  7. Impressive array of troops, Michael!

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    1. Thanks Dean, hope to see you back painting, gaming and blogging at some stage!

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