Phokians and Seleucids
The terrain situation in this game was UGLY for the Seleucids. I initially tried to run my cavalry around the hill on the left, apparently not learning from a previous mistake. Ryan got an Auxilia on the hill, so I wasted time and PIPs circling back. Aside from that trick, I decided to attack right into the kill zone: the artillery elements are centered on the road. I launched the Scythed Chariot at the Spear General and almost won the dice roll...almost.
|Seleucids advance up the Pass|
Deciding to stick to my plan of killing the General, I managed to do so with a Cavalry, after a tight maneuver around a Psiloi's ZOC. My Cav was subsequently killed. The stone throwers picked off a Pike as I advanced.
|Pikes under fire|
Ryan really limited my options with his creative deployments. The combined effect of the Spear ZOCs and the Ax/Ps ZOCs from bad going gave me few good options. My attempt to move the Pikes out of the fire zone resulted in a Psiloi, with a toe in bad going, killing another Pike. Another artillery shot took out element number four - another Pike.
|Few Good Choices (but a nice shot of Jeff's Phokian shield designs)|
The final loss count: Phokians - 1 Seleucids - 5 (including 1 SCh). I have included a shot of the final battlefield situation. My Elephant is doing a wonderful job grazing and guarding the camp.
I was so busy trying to solve the terrain nightmare facing me that I forgot to take photo's of Ian and Jeff's game. I managed one shot. This is unfortunate; it was a good, close game with a few twists. Jeff managed to lose his General early and still hang on for the win, killing Ian's General in the process.
|Arabs fight the Kapps|
Ian posted his account on a ROK Wargaming Group, so I will quote his version of history:
"My light horse attempted an assassination again getting around the flank of his cav, however when this failed I lost them both. I countered slamming my general into the flank of his and killing him....and tried to jump his cav and light horse with my cav general
and supporting cav. This was probably a mistake and I would have been better
off pulling out as he was going to be double pipped on command. My over
aggressiveness cost me and my army folded."
Final Losses: Arabs -1 (Gen) Kappadokians - 4 (including Gen)
We all had fun, and I learned a lot about DBA tactics. Ryan left motivated to get his own army. He was first thinking about a blade heavy force, but he is now looking at army lists that feature a lot of cavalry with either blade or spear for foot support. Thanks again to Jeff for organizing this session. We plan to meet again in January. I hope that the battle reports are an enjoyable read.