- Right wing command (Billy): a large unit of 20 Companion elite heavy lancers; two units of 8 Light Cavalry with javelins; and two units of 2 elephants, each screened by 12 Peltasts. Out front are 10 skirmish archers.
- Centre (Paul): a powerful phalanx composed of five 32-figure units, each deployed in four ranks. The cream of the foot is stationed towards their right (the Argyraspides) followed by two veteran units and two standard units. 10 skirmish archers provide a screen.
- Left wing command (Simon): two units of 2 scythed chariots, with two units of 8 Skythian horse archers in support. 10 skirmish archers at the front.
- Left wing command (Gordon): a powerful mounted force with some supporting light infantry. There are two units of 8 Arachosian horse archers; two units of 12 Peltasts; a unit of 18 Persian medium horse; 2 elephants; 12 Companions; and 10 skirmish javelinmen.
- Centre: the phalanx. Not as strong as the Seleucids, we have six units of 24 standard pikemen (3 ranks), with 10 javelins out front. Gordon and I share this command.
- Right wing (me): a mirror image of Gordon's mounted force.
|Above is a shot of the mass of the two armies at deployment. Taken from my usual post on the right of the invading army. Note the powerful mass of the central Seleucid phalanx on the hill to the right of the photo.|
|Simon throws his scythed chariots forward in an attempt to disrupt my mounted troops. I respond by moving my horse archers towards the open flank, thus uncovering my peltasts. They should be able to deal with the chariots, I think.|
|Unfortunately for Simon, my javelinmen prove to be especially adept at shooting chariots - four hits in one go on one of them. This reduces it to one-third strength before it has even charged.|
|Meanwhile, the mounted forces close on Gordon's flank.|
|The forces on my wing at the same time. I managed to get the horse archers out of the way of the chariots, but this has cost my main force some time. The Companions in particular are still way out on the extreme flank of the entire army.|
|However, my peltasts are able to deal quite handily with the scythed chariots. They easily dispose of the unit that was badly damaged by the prior shooting.|
|In towards the centre, the phalanxes are about to clash on the hill. Will the height advantage cancel out the enemy's weight?|
|My troops press forward; the Companions begin their move into the centre as the enemy phalanx continues to advance.|
|The struggle is on for the hill.|
|With the chariots gone, the flank of the Seleucid phalanx is now hanging in the air, right in front of my Companions. Only half a dozen skirmishers stand in my way.|
|In the meantime, I've pressed up against the enemy horse archers with the rest of my forces. This part of the field is really a sideshow, though.|
|In go the Companions. The brave enemy skirmishers have inflicted some hits on me, but they are not enough.|
|The first phalanx is destroyed, and I line up to go for the second. Our troops on the hill are wavering, though.|