Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Eumenes 2 vs Antigonas 0 part 2

The second game was played on Sunday at the Miniature Wargaming Society of Sacramento.   The first game can be viewed at http://18clovehamhock.blogspot.com/2018/04/eumenes-2-vs-antigonas-0-part-one.html   Gary and Dave commanded Antigonos' army while John and John commanded Eumene's troops.

The armies for both games were as follows.   Where two numbers are shown for number of units this indicates left and right flanks respectively.  Troop numbers and types are based on the discussion on the Society of Ancients forum from the past year.  In Scutarii ach unit represents 500 infantry, 300 cavalry or four elephants.  Infantry and cavalry units have two bases each and elephants have one base.

Antigonos
UNIT
ATTACK
DEFENSE
MISSILE
MOVE
MORALE
POINTS
UNITS
POINTS
ANTIGONOS
ADD 1
X
X
14"
+/- 1 OR 0
free
1
0
Generals
ADD 1
X
X
14"
+/- 1 OR 0
free
9
0
Bodyguard
5
5
X
12"
11
12
0,1
12
Companion
4
5
X
12"
11
11
7,3
110
Heavy Cav.
3
5
(2")
12", 14"
10
8
5,3
64
Thracian horse
3
4
(2")
12", 14"
11
8
0,3
24
Horse Archers
2
4
4"
12", 14"
11
9
3,0
27
Mercenary horse
3
5
(2")
12", 14"
11
9
0.2
18
Tarantine cavalry
3
5
(2")
12", 14"
11
10
1,0
10
Macedonian phalanx
3
6
X
6"
11
9
16
144
Pantipodoi
3
6
X
6"
10
8
16
128
Mercenary Peltast
3
5
(2")
6", 8"
11
8
12
96
Lycians etc
3
5
(2")
6", 8"
11
7
6
42
Elephamt and Lt Inf escort
4
6
4"
8"
10
13
16
208
883
Eumenes
UNIT
ATTACK
DEFENSE
MISSILE
MOVE
MORALE
POINTS
UNITS
POINTS
EUMENES
ADD 1
X
X
14"
+/- 1 OR 0
free
1
0
Generals
ADD 1
X
X
14"
+/- 1 OR 0
free
9
0
Bodyguard
5
5
X
12"
11
12
0,1
12
Companion
4
5
X
12"
11
11
6,4
99
Heavy Cav.
3
5
(2")
12", 14"
10
8
1,2
24
Light Cav
3
4
(2")
12", 14"
10
7
2.2
28
Thracian horse
3
4
(2")
12", 14"
11
8
2,0
16
HYP and Silver Shield pike
4
6
X
6"
11
10
12
120
Mercenary Phalanx
3
6
X
6"
11
9
12
108
Pantipodoi
3
6
X
6"
10
8
10
80
Light Infantry
2
4
6"
6", 8"
10
6
24
144
Elephamt and Lt Inf escort
4
6
4"
8"
10
13
31
403
1034

This time the Antigonid left flank cavalry was not as aggressive.  The horse archers did move out to the flank and skirmished with opposing cavalry, but the other cavalry remained where it was in the battle line.   The elephants of both armies engaged each other.  On the other flank Antigonos' cavalry was gaining the upper hand and had driven off some of the opposing cavalry.   The opposing phalanxes eventually made contact and after a drawn out fight lasting much longer than the previous game the Silver Shields again routed their opponents.   The rout of the Antigonid center ended the battle with Gary and Dave conceding the game.   Losses for Eumenes were about 1000 with over 15,000 of Antigonos' men routing.   Pictures below.

 Initial dispositions viewed from the hills.
 Antigonos advances with the horse archers at the far end moving to the Eumenid flank.
 Euminid commanders John and John
 Antigonid commanders Gary on left and Dave on the right with an observer.
 The armies advance.
 View from the open flank as mercenaries and elephants make contact.
 View from the hills as the opposing elephants collide and the Antigonid phalanx attacks some of them.
 overview of the battlefield.
 A gap opens in the Antigonid line as some of the mercenaries flee from the elephants.
 The phalanxes clash.
 view from the other side
 Both sides start to take casualties
 view of the battlefield from the hills
 inconclusive fighting on the open flank
 view from behind the elephants and light infantry.  unengaged Antigonid heavy cavalry in right rear of picture.
 Chris joined the game later on the Antigonid side taking over the phalanx.
 Antigonid phalanx in trouble as most of the units become shaken
 another view of the fighting as the left flank of the Euminid phalanx advances to take the place of the elephants that were driven off.  Based on discussions on the Society of Ancients forum where it was noted that other than Magnesia and Zama it appeared to be that elephants would leave usually leave the battle instead of routing, we had them depart if they became shaken during a morale test.
Final view of the battlefield.  Chris had just tested the morale of the phalanx units as once again the Silver Shields routed their opponents..  One unit of the Euminid pantipodoi is routing near the center of the picture, but had no effect on the other units.