In short, in real history, Cleon, the Delian empire general, strutted his forces in front of the city walls (just invisible on the long hill at the table edge in our illustrous case), while Brasidas went in for the kill, and lost his life but won the battle for the Spartans. So Bart (spartans and the King's Body Guard) and me (allies and Helots) stepped in for the Peleponnesian League while Mike (the Delian elite and allied hoplites) and Alisdair (the Thessalonian Riders and other rabble and peltasts) fought for Athens and his Delian Empire.
The Athenians were quite advanced as the Spartan King and his retinue went for a little Hoplidromos and charged the Athenians on the little hill! Whil I just advanced but kept my distance to the outnumbering Athenians. In fact both parties had the similar tactic, to block on flank, while the other should advance and outflank and roll up the other. You know what happens with plans!
Barts attack was soon quickly surrounded by more Athenians than he could think of and very early in the game Brasidas and his bodyguard got slaughtered! It looked like a walk over for the Athenians.
On my side my rabble was just tethering before the other rabble, avoiding clashes at all costs.
Soon in the centre something changed. The Athenians learned that the Spartan hydra had more heads than they wished for. On after the other Athenian hoplites were melting away before the last Spartan mora, while I kept (more or less because Alisdairs bad control dicing) the other flank away.
In the end many men and units were destroyed, both sides lost a lot and all cohesion to form anything formation wise let alone a charge, we called it a day. The Spartan king was dead and probably all Athenians would have retreated behind the city walls of Amphipolis, still in the hands of the Delian Empire – so we delared it an Athenian victory, but just about it, as the Spartans had give a good show for their money, but they lost a king ...
|The Athenian heavy hoplites|
|The helot rabble on Spartan side|
|The Delian centre|
|all phalanges drew closer but we keep or formations|
|The Athenian allied Peltasts are far away|
|one unarmoured full mora joins my Helots for help|
|The Spartan king is surrounded on the hill!!!|
|The Thessalian cavalry attacks|
|just one mora dares vs 3 Delian morae, all in deep formation|
|a volte face as I withdraw and in the centre clashes the moras|
|the unarmored mora fans out her Lochons to a wide phalanx, but looses the tight formation|
|... nevertheless the flanks of the centre are covered once again!|
|my flat and long fanned out phalanx vs peppering peltasts|
|but the fight in the center stalls our deep phalanges getting beaten|
|and the king and his bodyguard die!!!|
|in an all out war cry we scream for revenge and charge!|
|the hippei clash and the peltasts join in|
|the last Spartan hoplites charge in anger!|
|the Athenians are melting away|
|my spartan horse wins!!! and joins back to hunt peltasts|
|my unarmoured hoplites try to join in with the last spartans|
|... but they are too far away|
|the elan has gone the shields are heavy as the sun sets before the wall of amphipolis|