Saturday, 15 March 2014

Big Birthday Bash

What better way to celebrate my first half-century than this:
Macedonians on the left (using my Seleucids) and Romans on the right as you look at it.  My birthday is today - the Ides of March, funnily enough - and we'll play this tomorrow.  In the meantime I wanted to take some photos of the setup.
The Macedonian right, from a Latin's viewpoint: a dozen light cavalry, 18 Companions and 12 Peltasts, with a dozen skirmish archers out front.  In the centre of the photo you can see 36 mercenary Galatian foot, who provide the link with the phalanx.
The Macedonian centre: ten units each of 48 figures, deployed six ranks deep; there are a few hoplites filling out the rear ranks.  36 Javelinmen out front.
Their left: another 36 Galatians; 12 Peltasts; 18 heavy cavalry; 12 light cavalry; and 12 slingers.
The right wing of the consular army facing them: 12 light cavalry extraordinarii, two units of 12 heavy Equites, and a dozen Cretan archers to screen them.
Two Roman legions, in proper triplex acies formation.  Each has a dozen Velites, two units of 24 Hastati, two units of 24 Principes, and two units of 12 Triarii.
Two more of the same, Latins this time.
Finally, a mirror-image of the Roman cavalry wing, except that here the skirmishers are slingers.

Terrain is like Cynoscephalae, except with two large low hills and nowt else.  I chose and set up the armies, going for symmetrical deployments to give a good old-fashioned infantry grudge match.  This will count towards the campaign, but in order to make a large game out of it I doubled the army sizes.  This will keep them in proportion so that I can work out what happens afterwards.  There are enough commands for up to six players per side, although that many people might be a tight squeeze.  Lubrication of the beery kind should help.

I wanted to put on a large game for my long-standing gaming friends and ancients players, and this seemed like a good excuse.  I have found by experience that a very large game needs to be set up in advance; that way everyone can just muck in.  Sharp-eyed observers may be able to see the various casualty markers dotted around the battlefield behind their respective units; I want to use my handmade casualty dials to keep the game as clutter-free as possible.

To be honest, I don't care who wins!

15 comments:

  1. We share the same birthday. Have a great game and enjoy the beers

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  2. Cheers, Andrew, hope you enjoy yours too

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  3. Well now, that makes three! Happy birthday to all of us on the Ides of March!

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  4. Well now, that makes three! Happy birthday to all of us on the Ides of March!

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  5. Happy birthday Greg! Maybe we can form a triumvirate...

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  6. Just truly awesome! Can't wait to see how it turns out. Happy birthday.

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  7. Happy birthday and I thought my 10 units of 32 phalangites looked impressive!

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  8. Happy Birthday! hope you have a good one and enjoy the game.

    Cheers, Ross

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  9. Happy birthday!

    For my birthday recently, I got to play 2 games back to back. A rare treat, and I got my @ss handed to me in both. Here's hoping the birthday fairy is kinder to you!

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    1. Cheers, Monty. You know, I might just umpire it while becoming quietly sozzled. That way I can't lose!

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  10. Marvellous looking birthday 'cake' Paul!

    I'm another of your readers who is anticipating the result.

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  11. Happy birthday and enjoy your game - looks like a cracker!

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  12. Thanks for looking and for the kind comments, everyone.

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  13. Very impressive Paul! And I hope you had a great birthday!

    Cheers, Simon

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  14. Cheers, Simon, I did indeed. Report to follow very soon...

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