Gordon had already constructed the Persian army list and decides on the set up. I command the right wing (top left as you look at it), while he takes the left wing himself. As you can see, he goes for a hollow centre, hoping to split the phalanx and use large amounts of shooting across the army to whittle down the stronger but less numerous enemy. I won't attempt to describe the Persian army. Suffice it to say, both forces are composed of a large mass of cavalry of various kinds with skirmish support and a block each of Kardakes. I have the best of the heavy horse, while Gordon takes the Takabara Light Infantry to help with the rough ground. Skirmishers abound.
Simon had brought in the Macedonians and goes for a deployment that looks to me as though he intends a right hook: Peltasts for the rough ground, with elite horse to their inside, followed by the Hypaspists and the phalanx. His left is anchored on the long ridge line. We don't know what is behind there, but a good guess is light horse and some more Peltasts, which turns out to be just about right. His army is relatively heavy on phalangites, with few skirmishers.
|My cavalry advances towards the Macedonian ridge|
|My advance again, off to my left|
|Gordon advances his lighter troops|
|A light wave of Persians advances towards the rough|
|The battle develops on the Macedonian left|
|And on the Macedonian right|
|The phalanx is getting close!|
|My cavalry thunders onto the ridge|
|Gordon's troops have nowhere to go!|
|Colonists against Prodromoi|
|The Phalanx eats more of Gordon's troops|
That finishes Campaign Turn 7. Next up: the Romans try to prise the Carthaginians from Southern Italy. Again.