The Deployment was slowly (I-go-You-go) and fairly classical as well, light skirmishers and horses at the flanks the hoplites in the middle. Mikes Athenians would take the 1st turn, both parties "prayed" and got a dice worth of units that they could change in positions before the start.
Then we slowly ploughed forward. Initially the skirmishers were fighting, and like a hay fire, they were quickly used up. Then the "line" of moras, more or less consistently, clashed in the middle. In my add on, Phalanx is a status, one can loose by movement (vs simple command test, that does not bind blunder or command to stop). Also the Phalangites would move always one inch to the left (apart from the spartans of course). I must say it worked! In contrast to my strategy, or the lack of it. My army befell the fate of all new armies, it got slowly hacked to pieces!
Even Barts cavalry attack went downhill, so that at the end just the Bodyguard of the Spartan King and himself were fighting agains all the odds. Heroic they took down even the mega-phalanx of the Thessalians! And one unit after the other of Mike‘s old army ... the tide seemed to have turned ... but too good to be true, the Spartans were encircled, shaken with 6 stamina points and near the table edge surrounded by enemies and lots of missle troops ... but Bart would not have it ... alas we must close up because of the time ... still, he refused to be beaten ... in truly spartan way, even if a bit delusional. He probably has to hear about Iphicrates - maybe the next battle!
We had a lot of fun and agreed that this will be repeated another time for sure ... maybe Olpae or Delium ...
|the Delian line|
|The Peloponnesian line|
|First peltasts skirmishing|
|The Spartans in phalanx advance (the white tokens will someday be exchanged to shields)|
|The Delian line in chaos|
|The Spartan Bodyguard attack the cavalry!!!|
|Spartans allies holding the line|
|The spartans suddenly stop moving ...|
|the Delian pick the Spartan allies apart|
|... one after the other ...|
|... but the Spartans (the lacedaemoni)|
|still don‘t move ...|
|The Delians push for victory – but still Bart fails his command|
|... until they are isolated|
|the Spartan allies melt away|
|... and retreat ...|
|... to no avail ...|
|and then they crush on the last men standing|
|The Spartan king|
|And his Bodyguard|
|the noose gets tighter|
|still ... they never break ...|
|... Bart insists that they had a chance ...|