Seven Rejects got together for a game last weekend. Postie put on an Ancient Greek game!! Can't remember when we last played a game with these, its got to be at least 5 years!!!!
Look out for the Spartan side of the story on Fran's blog soon.....
As normal in Ancient Greece, peace never lasted long. Sparta has accused Athens of breaking the Thirty Years Peace Pact, that was agreed in 445BC. Both sides have gathered their forces and various allies looking for glory and plunder. The armies have met on the plains just outside of the town of Megara on the Corinthian peninsular.
Both sides can deploy a maximum of 20 inches on the table and will only have 10 minutes to deploy and discuss tactics.....The Oracle will be consulted before battle commences???
Sparta - Richard
Boatons - Fran
Tegeons & Corinthians -Dave
Athenians - John
Phocians - Surgit
Thebans - Ray
The Initial setup
After a very quick 10 minutes we, the Athenians and allies had our battle plan. it was quite a simple plan. Surg on our left would pull left and envelope the dreaded Spartans, John would smash the centre, while I would attack on the right and try and get my skirmishers and cavalry around the flank......simple!!
Sparta, Boatia and the Tegeons & Corinthian Alliance
The Athenian Alliance's Hoplites
All was going swimmingly until just before the first move.........
We all had to throw 2 D6, to see if the Gods were on our side?
Guess what dick through a double 1??
I was abandoned by the Gods, therefore my morale was a tad off??
While everyone else was either favoured by the Gods giving them bonuses, I was condemned to a slow and painful living death in Hades....oh goodie what a great start to the game!
My punishment was for the first 2 turns of the game I was unable to move any troops, if any of my command were charged they would flee from the battlefield. On turn 3 I could, If I was still there throw once again for favour of the Gods.
So?? Our battle plan was well and truly up the swany!!
A quick change of plan, we decided to hold in the centre and hope that Dave, couldn't get to my troops very quickly. As expected he threw all of his light troops forward in a mad dash to get to me.
John moved his archers on the hill, it was more of a sacrifice, to stop Dave's archers
and slingers battering me to a pulp!
My two cavalry units, enjoying the weather, blissfully unaware of the
The Athenians stand firm while the Phocians move forward, the Spartans and allies advance.
The Corinthian archers on the hill take a pounding, but our Athenian archers destroyed
but a hail of arrows and shot.
Surg continues to move around the Spartan flank.
The Spartans themselves!!
The line holds steady...
It was time for me to re-throw my luck of the Gods dice.....
Phew!!! I threw well this time a 10!
So well infact that the Gods now favoured me. I could add a plus 1 to any 1 of my melee's
Just in time as well, me and Dave charged each other...
Lots more firing knocks casualties from my Horse archers and Dave's slingers
Dave won the melee by 1 and knocked me back 2 inches.
Our right, Surg looks to double team a unit of Spartan Hoplites.
Richard's Spartans are the first to lose one of many Generals to die this day!!!
Come on Surg!!!!!
I'm getting battered on the right, I'm throwing well but Dave's taking the pi$$!!!
It's gonna be one of them days!!
And they meet!!
Rich's unmatched Spartan unit marches straight through the gap
The words mullered spring to mind!
Out of 9 melees we only won 3
The cream of Boatia smash through the ranks of Athens...
My Thebans, one of our only three wins this turn.
Surg's Phocian's our only other win
Apart of course of the double teamed Spartan unit, who flee
Two shots of the victorious Spartan's and their allies.
The next turn got even worse for us.....
The Spartans and allies smashed back into our retreating units.
Destroying and routing units with ease!!!
The dice Gods were definitely on their side, we couldn't do a thing?
It's a bit confusing but most of the units in the pic are theirs, my beaten Thebans can be
seen retreating at the bottom of the picture surrounded by the enemy!!
Most of John's Athenian's are dead....
While on our left there is still a little life left, but its all far too late...
As only a mere third in command, I begged my Commanders to sound the retreat, but they refused!
So I, for fear of my beloved Thebes left the field of battle with my remaining men, much
to the scorn of my side, but with honour, from my foe.
I, for one would live to fight another day......
It was a great days gaming, Dave's dice throwing (and I'm sure his side, Fran included will admit), were bloody ridiculous!!! But me throwing a double 1 for the Omens......what can I say???