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Sunday 2 June 2013

Raphia - the game

Just a few quick and dirty shots to give an idea of how the game looked.

The Seleucid line

The Ptolemaic line

Initial deployment.

Close up of the Seleucid right flank, where much of the early action took place.

The wings close.

Crunch time!

Oops! Two dead elephants - the Africans certainly can't stand up to the bigger, stronger Indians.

The last Nellie doesn't last too much longer (apologies for the dodgy lighting!)

Action on the Seleucid left

An over enthusiastic Seleucid elephant crashes into the Ptolemaic Agema...

But doesn't last long!

Action on the other wing, with similar results in the elephant on elephant combats.

The phalanxes close in the centre with an almighty crunch!

On the right, a unit of Seleucid Agema manoeuvre into position as combat erupts along the whole line...

From the other side of the lines, the Ptolemaic Agema take their tole on the Greek mercenary phalanx unit.

The Agema beat the Greeks and advance in pursuit, revealing the flank of the next unit in line, who are charged frontally by the Argyraspides and in the flank by the Seleucid guard cavalry accompanied by Antiochus, with predictable results... A couple of other units also go down, leading to the demoralisation of the whole Ptolemaic army and a history changing Seleucid victory.

All the above pictures were taken with a iPhone; lots of other pics were taken with much more professional kit, so I'm sure better pics will be forthcoming... 

Rules were Simon's "To The Strongest!", named after Alexander's supposed answer on his deathbed when asked who would inherit his throne. They're still in development, but gave a good account of themselves in what was a large, complex game.

Packed for Partizan


Saturday 1 June 2013

Slings & Arrows for Raphia

A bit more WIP. Deadline fast approaching ...

These are more Aventine. All painting now done, just need to complete basing for a half a dozen units. Could be a late night...